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Parc de la Prehistoire

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Address: Village de Banat, 09400 Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
Phone Number: 33561051010
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours


ENJOY A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FROM PREHISTORIC TIMES! In our activity workshops you will be able to learn to hunt, paint, prepare flints and light a fire, just the way they used to do it 14,000 years ago! And in the 'Grand Atelier' - a museum dedicated to Prehistoric Art - you will be able to watch films, and see objects and facsimiles of Niaux Cave's 'Salon Noir', the 'Forbidden Niaux' and the Marsoulas Cave. THE GIANTS OF THE ICE AGE Discover species emblematic of prehistoric times in a steppe-like landscape: a Cave Lion, a Steppe Bison, an Irish Elk and a Mammoth. The visit ends with a playful module inviting you to pit yourselves against these animals with games and original experiences. English audio guides The participative workshops are covered and stay opened whatever the weather.

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Fab day out in a beautiful location

We've been many times and it never fails as a great day out. The place was very quiet during October half term so no queuing for the spear-throwing! The guide was great, spoke... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

We visited at the end of June before the summer rush. The park is well done and kids will probably love it. The exhibition is not suitable for the visually handicapped.

Thank Jeffrey W
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

This place got our attention right from the entrance, where it rather put into perspective how old the things were that we were about to see. The indoor museum part is fascinating and cleverly done - although a little confusing in the very dark areas. It was a shame my headset for the self-guided tour wasn't working properly, but at... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

in this Parc we learn so much about our ancestors. It makes you understand better about the Prehistoric life. People were smart. It's interesting to with kids but also as adults. Whenever you are in beautiful Ariège don't forget to spend a day in the parc.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We've been many times and it never fails as a great day out. The place was very quiet during October half term so no queuing for the spear-throwing! The guide was great, spoke good English and allowed our kids to have many attempts at throwing the spears. The museum is very well done and the kids' commentary is very good.... More 

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Crook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This very much an educational experience, however they do make it fun and it is for all ages. There are many parts to this attraction which are interactive and the exhibits are of the highest quality. If you cannot get to Niaux the replica here is actually indistinguishable from the original.

1 Thank KtMehers
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This is an attraction well worth visiting. You won't fully understand the significant prehistory of the Ariege unless you see it. As a prelude to the outdoor activities on offer, there is a large, indoor, self-guided exhibition space devoted to local prehistoric topics. The excellent English language commentary, which is very intelligently conceived, automatically changes as you go round points... More 

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Nurmijarvi, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Large outdoor park, which didn’t have much activies in September anymore or at the time which we visited. Maybe this is better attraction for the children. The museum was okay with ice age theme and prehistoric art. There were funny activity where you were able to race with a lion. Free parking.

Thank Cadhlan
Antrim, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A terrific facility for visitors who plan to explore the caves in the area. Self-guiding wireless headsets are available in various languages for exploring the various elements of the vast indoor museum while outside in the 13 hectare parkland there are a variety of educational workshops on prehistoric hunting, making of flint tools, the creation of the cave drawings and,... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

we had never seen such a place so rich in culture and love for such a small area I would recommend this tour to all ... but the sun !!

Thank sindy j
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Lovely Park packed with useful information. The multi-language headphone self guided tour of ice age animals and prehistoric art was fascinating and a good urroductiob prior to visiting the caves. The other installations and demonstrations, particularly of stone age tools and making fire, were interesting, but unfortunately only in French, so my kids didn't get as much out of it... More 

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