Grotte du Pech-Merle
Grotte du Pech-Merle
4.5
Historic Sites • Science Museums • Caverns & Caves
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
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1-2 hours
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Ballyclare, UK44 contributions
Couples
Having visited caves all over the world we found this one absolutely stunning. The rock formations were big and plentiful and the tour was interspersed with paintings.
Our English-speaking guide was excellent - I have 85% hearing loss and the ear pieces provided were not compatible with my hearing aids but if I stayed close to her I could follow what she told us.
We spent a very enjoyable morning here.
Thank you
Written June 30, 2022
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Christopher P
Jefferson City, MO246 contributions
If you're anywhere in the area Grotte du Tech Merle is worth the trip to experience. There may not be anywhere else in the world that you can personally experience pre-historic art in it's original setting. The story of this cave and the people who decorated it is very interesting and our guide did an excellent job of presenting it in english.

It takes moment when looking at the drawings to try and understand how old they are and the fact that they represent in some cases animals that have been extinct for thousands of years. The hand prints in particular were really profound because of how personal they are.

Words and pictures don't do justice to the experience of visiting this place.
Written May 15, 2022
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Colona1988
Conway, MA363 contributions
Pech Merle's galleries of stalagtites and stalagmites were created millions of years ago. Roughly 20,000 years ago people entered and added line drawings of animals and a man, as well as blowing coloring around their hands to make prints on the walls. If you can't book a tour in English, they have a helpful handout.
Written April 22, 2022
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christinejc88888
Victoria, Canada50 contributions
A great visit. We had a wonderful guide on the last tour of the day. We have visited many caves in Dordogne , this one was one of its own. It is a huge cave with stalactite and stalagmites and amazing original drawings. You cannot take pictures. Still you make amazing memories. The visit lasts one hour. Do watch the movie before the visit
Written June 15, 2022
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Friends du Quercy
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Friends
Had a wonderful visit last week with an amazing guide (her name is Erveline). It’s been at least my 4th time here at the cave and I have to say she really is the best.
The cave is absolutely stunning and the paintings are simply wow - definitely worth a visit! Try to get her as your guide because it’s really fun to listen to her and super interesting!
Written August 5, 2020
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Elodie C
8 contributions
Family
This cave is a must see!! Both the cave itself and the paintings are breathtaking.
Still, we found the guide too expeditive, not very pleasant and her explanations weren't peadagological enough to me.
We had already visited the place when we had no children and we had found the experience fantastic. A little disappointing this time then...
Written July 28, 2021
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JohnandMarylou
Milton, MA465 contributions
The cave and its paintings are amazing. Without any of the paintings, the geology of the cave would still be worth the visit with the stalactites and features of the cave. But the 16,000 year old paintings make it extraordinary. It is very interesting to learn just how talented people were so long ago. The tour was in French, but there was a book in English that allowed us to follow along with the tour and the guide spoke English and was able to help us out when we had questions. If you are in the area or passing through, this is definitely worth a stop.
Written January 12, 2020
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hello JohnandMarylou, thank you very much for your complimentary comment and we are pleased that you enjoyed the visit of the Pech Merle cave. Best regards
Written January 13, 2020
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gillif
Nice, France22 contributions
Couples
visiting this amazing painted cave was extra-ordinary. The cave itself, with stalagtites and stalagmites was itself interesting to see but the paintings of horses, buffalo, mammoths - from around 25000 years ago - something else. . The handprints were astonishing as were the preserved footprints in the mud. Oh, if these images could talk, the visit leaves you with a lot to think about. The ticket (9 Euros) also gives entry to the museum, which is not as interesting as the cave, but gives you some background and preparation. The cave tour takes about an hour, and the group relatively small (about 25 people), so you do get plenty of time to see what there is to see, and for me it was a very good value visit. The opening times, the number of people allowed to visit - are limited to ensure good preservation of the wall paintings, so you should check the website beforehand. I would very much recommend this location if you are in the Lot valley near Cahors.
Written November 12, 2012
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Shelley H
Melbourne, Australia31 contributions
Couples
Absolutely fabulous caves with amazing staligtite and stalagmite formations. Add to that the 30,000 year old cave drawings and you have an unforgettable experience. Not having great French we booked on the English speaking tour. Our guide explained the history of the caves and the amazing story about the boys who found them. She was really informative, funny, and took time to point out the details in the paintings.
There are not many English speaking tours each week and the number of people let into the cave is limited each day to protect the caves and the paintings so book on line before you go.
Wear comfortable flat shoes and take warm clothing as the caves are cool.

If you are planning a day there is a very narrow road that runs above the caves from Cahors. While it’s a bit of a scary drive the views are great. Also worth visiting nearby is the cliff side town of Cirque de Popie.
Written October 24, 2017
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RogShoreham
Shoreham, UK115 contributions
Family
Make sure that you book up on line, print your booking off and still arrive a little early. I feel that if you get there late your place could be given to someone else. On the booking details it says that you can push to the front if you have booked in advance. MAKE SURE THAT YOU MAKE YOURSELF KNOWN as soon as you arrive especially if there are lots of people. If you miss your turn you could be hours waiting. This place can get packed at the height of the season.
The caves and drawings are fascinating. It is worth a visit if you are in the area. Our talk was all in French but you will be given a booklet in English. The price of my ticket was 11 Euros but group bookings may be cheaper. The tour takes about one hour.
Written September 21, 2015
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Grotte du Pech-Merle is open:
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