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Grotte du Pech-Merle

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Great caves

You have to take a tour to see the caves. Unfortunately it is in French but they do hand you a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Adventurers049
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Brisbane, Australia
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Interesting prehistoric cave

Grotte du Pech-Merle is one of the few prehistoric cave painting sites in France that remain open... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
bstlv
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You have to take a tour to see the caves. Unfortunately it is in French but they do hand you a booklet with a summary in English. The caves are very pretty and it is well worth visiting.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grotte du Pech-Merle is one of the few prehistoric cave painting sites in France that remain open to the general public, unlike the Lascaux Cave. Exceptional works of art beautifully preserved. NO photography allowed inside the cave.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello bstlv, thank you for your message and your appreciation. Best regards

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cave paintings16,000 to 28,000 years old -- We came as part of a Road Scholar tour, and had the advantage of an English-speaking tour guide. We loved the hand-stencils and the fossilized footprints here, and of course the animals and figures similar to the subjects...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello S3rif, thank you for your message and all details that you have enjoyed. We are satisfied if you enjoyed your tour. Best regards

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We bought our tickets online. Easy. Arrive when scheduled and get paper ticket for tour. You watch a short video with great perspective from the guide. We scheduled an English speaking tour Once inside, your allowed 43 min. I never felt rushed. It’s amazing. I...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello sddetzler, thank you for your message and for the advice you give. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was a highlight of the region!! Our guide spoke English very well and was friendly and knowledgeable! Drawings dating back 29,000 years are authentic, not replicas! We had 43 minutes in the cave due to needing a constant temperature as well as CO2...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello lorie305, thank you for your message and we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit !

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In France there are plenty of caves to visit. But not all of them have pre-historic paintings on their walls. The grotto is interesting both for its geological characteristics as for the paintings. Together with Lascaux and Chevet it gives a breathtaking view of the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 8, 2019

Visited today. There are tours in english but there was not one today. However there is an excellent film with subtitles to watch which I suggest you do first. This explains the main finds. The guide gives you a written guide when you go into...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 8, 2019

The grotte is wonderful and second only to Lascaux II. The artists are from an obviously different school than others in the Dordogne, and produce some spectacular horses. There are tours every 15 minutes that last about 45 with a 15 minute intro. We arrived...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 17, 2019

Really enjoyed our visit this morning. I thought our guide Matt was excellent. Not only did he speak very good English, his enthusiasm and interest in the site really shone through, and he was a brilliant interpreter and guide. There's something there for all the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

Good visit today, glad we went. The cave paintings are indeed Spectacular. Pity it was all in French. However there are translation books and the video has English subtitles. Happy we stopped by. Opens at 13.30 in the afternoon but the CAVE visit us at...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2019

Hello paulnS518OM, thank you for your message. We have happy if the visit you satisfied and paintings enjoy you !

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PFM4941
May 21, 2018|
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Response from liora5352 | Reviewed this property |
In order to preserve the drawings they allow only 700 visitors per day. In July they are open until 18:00. As it likely to be crowded in July you need to reserve a place on their site. The entry is made by groups escorted by... More
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Joanne J
May 30, 2017|
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Response from Lorna P | Reviewed this property |
Hi - the trick is to arrive early enough to see the video at the upper level of the attraction. It is subtitled. Otherwise, frankly, the plastic hand out is pretty useless as your guide is pointing stuff out on the walls... More
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Barb B
April 10, 2017|
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Response from Bertrand D | Property representative |
The best place to stop is Bouzies (7 km from the cave, it's the closest). Then you can go to Pech Merle by bike (be careful, the last 2 km go up strong) or by taxi (see Taxi Merle, mobile 06 03 15 41 67). You can also reach... More
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