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Cave of Font-de-Gaume

4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
+33 5 53 06 86 00
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Having just finished "The Cave Painters" by Greg Curtis, I paid a visit to this ancient site and it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tallahassee, Florida
The real deal.

Well at least there wasn’t a crowd lined up when we visited in November! Maybe the -2° put them... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
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The Font-de-Gaume cave is a marvellous example of prehistoric art from the Madgalenian period with a truly remarkable group of polychrome wall paintings and engravings. For reasons of conservation, the number of visitors is limited to 180 each day with a maximum of 12 people per group. Cave of the Vezere valley designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 15th May to 15th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. > 16th September to 14th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last visit at 4 p.m. Open in accordance with conservation necessities. Closed: > Saturdays. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
+33 5 53 06 86 00
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having just finished "The Cave Painters" by Greg Curtis, I paid a visit to this ancient site and it exceeded expectations. The art is fantastic even before considering its age. Not a reproduction (not that there's anything wrong with that). See it soon before they...More

Thank eflaherty2002
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well at least there wasn’t a crowd lined up when we visited in November! Maybe the -2° put them off. The cave was very warm actually so no drama there. If you like a bit of history then what we saw was breathtaking. Stretching across...More

1  Thank shintaro1
Reviewed November 5, 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this cave...the only cave open to the public that has drawings in color. This cave has amazing pictures drawn by Cro Magnans over 14,000 years ago. Our guide was outstanding and the five bison drawings were a sight we will never forget.

Thank Marilyn B
Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

The caves at Font de Gaume are unique in that people are still allowed to see the cave drawings made by people 15,000 years ago--although they severely limit the number who can see it each day. For that reason if you plan ahead the best...More

Thank CarolinaBecky
Reviewed October 31, 2017

We tried getting into this site and queued for an hour only to be turned away at the gate. We were there before opening and the guy who turned us away treated us with contempt. We had travelled 36 hours by plane from New Zealand...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed October 22, 2017

Three years ago, my husband and I arrived at 6AM to get in but we were too late. They only allow a certain amount of people in per day so get there early or make a reservation. There is good reason for this but we...More

Thank wanttoseetheworld65
Reviewed October 3, 2017

To see even a brief glimpse of the cave paintings available to tourists evokes many emotions.We can only speculate about why the Paleolithic artists created these beautiful drawings and but we can't deny their humanity. Our guide has been leading tours for 20 years. He...More

Thank MrsPengachoosa
Reviewed September 28, 2017

Why isn't the title 'Grotte de Font-de-Gaume' the French name? As advised my our hotel front desk, we got there early 7:30 am to be sure of a space. We were numbers 3 & 4 and thus got in the first group which was in...More

1  Thank BabyboomerCalgary
Reviewed September 27, 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I went on a really hot day and it was a relief to be out of the sun. I am claustrophobic and had a minutes panic when I realised we were going to be locked in the cave. The Guide was lovely...More

1  Thank katharinehatlady
Reviewed September 24, 2017

Extraordinary prehistoric cave paintings in a remarkable state of preservation considering they are at least 15,000 years old. Only 100 people per day allowed, so you either book well ahead or queue early morning and hope to be one of the 52 lucky ones. Memorable.

Thank Laurie W
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Serena L
June 23, 2017|
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Response from Rudy A | Reviewed this property |
It's fine if you have any tolerance for the cold whatsoever.
April 29, 2017|
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Response from Cee F | Reviewed this property |
When I was there it was only open once a week. I think they change the dates.
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March 12, 2017|
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Response from JMVB | Reviewed this property |
There's no online booking, although I assume they will set this up eventually. It's hard for me to respond precisely as I gather I can't quote contact links! The cave's website gives its phone number and postal address, and... More