Lascaux IV
Speciality MuseumsPoints of Interest & LandmarksCaverns & Caves
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
About
For the first time, all of Lascaux is revealed. A complete new replica retraces the discovery of the famous decorated cave. But that’s not the end of the adventure: the entire site inquires into the position that Lascaux occupies in cave art and its relation to contemporary creation.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • leanne_crump
    Byron Bay, Australia63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mind blowing
    We had a fabulous American guide Josh, who made the tour absolutely fabulous , with the way he shared the story of the boys discovering the caves ,to his knowledge of the people who lived there and the paintings ! Not to be missed. Unfortunately only 2 English tours a day and from previous reviews, Josh not doing all the tours! Can be booked on line. We just changed upon the site at the right time of day . 22£ each adult. NOT SUITABLE for young children ! Spoils it for everyone else if on child screams the whole way !
    thank you very much for your comprehensive review ! We are pleased you enjoyed the visit with Josh !
    Written July 25, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Zoe Bee
    Birmingham, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and genuine exhibition
    We visited as an English speaking group yesterday, youngest 13 and oldest 63. We all thoroughly loved this exhibit and would highly recommend. You are given headsets which are in English and talk you through all the paintings and drawing, in great depth and detail. The headsets can get a little confusing and there are so many features on them. My advice is ask! There are Lascaux staff around and they are very friendly and approachable and will guide you and show you what to do. Parking is excellent, Montignac-Lascaux, as a town is lovely! Be sure to walk into town and have a look around. It’s a definite must visit!
    Thank you very much for your very comprehensive review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your discovery of Lascaux IV
    Written July 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • motherthehun
    Thame, United Kingdom74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Summer visit to Lascaux
    We joined the English tour with the fabulous guide Joshua. We had been to Lascaux II over 10 years ago and this new experience didn't disappoint. Our guide was informative and took lots of questioned and even went to lunch late to take some extra time in the workshop area to further enhance our tour experience. The car parks were extremely busy and you could have a walk from the overflow parking. There's good facilities in the main building including lockers. We advise you make use of these. (Don't use the toilets in the car park use the ones in the main building). Make note of your tour time and follow the instructions in terms of tour time arrival. There are staff available for queries. The audio guide in the workshop is helpful but we found ours a bit glitchy - not coming on in the areas automatically as expected (this could have been user error!) the younger children really enjoyed their tailored guide.
    Thank you very much for this comprehensive review ! We are delighted that you enjoyed the visit with Joshua !
    Written July 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Boomerellie
    Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, inspiring, informative - educational for school children up to adults!
    This visit was an eye opener for me and I will never think of pre-historic art in the same way again. The reproduction cave and exhibition afterwards are fascinating, made all the more interesting by our informative guide Joshua. I had never appreciated the skill that these early people had and to think that drawings of such beauty were crafted 20,000 years ago is just mind boggling. For me personally, this was the best thing I have did in the Dordogne over a fortnight's visit. The only thing that ruined it slightly for me were visitors bringing their toddlers and very young children on the tour with them. The guided tour lasts around 45 minutes and for a young child it is boring. You are walking through a cave with a guide speaking at you, whilst looking at pictures - this holds no interest for really young children, so they start moaning and crying.... spoilt the atmosphere and made hearing the guide difficult at times.
    Thank you very much for sharing your experience. Toddlers are their parents' responsability. Thank you for Joshua !
    Written August 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Gary S
    West Malling, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great choice
    We realised on the way there this was a replica so we were a little concerned as to what it would be like. However it was amazing. As authentic as it could be. Our guide (in English) Briana was excellent too. The interactive second section was fun. We would definitely recommend to people visiting the area as an enjoyable and educational activity. We had a group of adults & grown up teens who are notoriously hard to impress. However they really enjoyed it too!
    Thank you very much for your very comprehensive review! We are delighted that all of yours enjoyed the discovery of Lascaux IV
    Written August 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • JoL
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth getting up early for!
    Do not be put off by the idea that this is a replica. It is wonderfully done and I don’t feel anything was lost in the recreation. English language tours are not at great times but we roused ourselves for the early start and we were rewarded by a peaceful, empty cave viewing experience and a GREAT guide Josh. Josh kept 8 kids aged 4-10 quietly captivated as we went through the cave and gave lots of time and space to contemplate the art and the experience of the artists. It really was a wonderful experience. The workshop after the cave is also very well done - photos are from there as there is no photography in the cave
    Thank you very much for your very comprehensive review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your discovery of Lascaux IV ! Thank you for Josh.
    Written August 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
  • AbouttheJourney
    Victoria, Canada55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and well done
    Great experience overall, likely learned a whole lot more with the interactive with tablet and headphones walk around than if we’d gone to one of the “real” caves. First class displays. Just wondering why we had to select some of the few “English” tours, when in fact our “English” tour was simply a tablet that could also speak about 8 other languages! No tour guide at all. Which for me is preferable to the sluggish groups lead by an overly loud stick wielding guide. But why were we given only an “English” slot time period online? Tell me it is not simply to limit non-French visitors access?
    Thank you for your comprehensive review. We name the time slots with specific nationalities just to show we have seevral langauges available and to ease the flow of visitors in the cave. Besides, we offer guided visits in english during which the guide is not yealing since we have a system allowing each participant to ear the guide as if he was talking to him personally.
    Written September 21, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Gillian L
    Greater Melbourne, Australia31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing cave paintings.
    Very well done reproduction of the Lascaux cave. It really felt like we were in the cave. The paintings were incredibly beautiful. The interpretation centre after we had been through the cave was excellent. It was easy to book on line. Parking was easy and the restaurant/cafe had a good variety of food and drinks. Highly recommended experience.
    Thank you very much ! We do our utmost to ensure that you have an unforgettable time and are delighted that you were able to enjoy it.
    Written December 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
  • Garrett P
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom233 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth visiting
    Definitely worth visiting, we only had time for Lascaux IV and it was very good. The English language tour was interesting and I was very pleased that we took the opportunity whilst we were in the area. The restaurant was very nice too and the gift shop offers some interesting things to buy for family and friends
    Thank you very much for your very comprehensive review! We are delighted that you enjoyed the discovery of Lascaux IV
    Written May 2, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2024
  • Sally P
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Difficult to believe it’s not the real thing
    Quite extraordinary replica - difficult to believe it’s not the real thing. We pre-booked online the day before (last 2 spaces for an English tour at 9.30.) Entrance very easy, with guidance on leaving bags and how to operate the headphones. Our English speaking guide Emma was excellent. The guided tour was about an hour and then a further hour spent in the interactive exhibition (took a bit of practice to master the ‘tablet’), and a couple of cinema screenings. Lovely shop and nice cafe has made this a very worthwhile visit. We also walked up to Lascaux 1 and 11.
    Thank you very much for this comprehensive review ! We are pleased to read that you enjoyed the visit !
    Written May 20, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2024
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sandiablonde
Edgewood, NM684 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
So I got tickets ahead of time for the special torch-light tour that only takes place at the end of the day. Got there and I find out that the tour is exclusively in French and French only. No where on their website does it say that. Didn't understand a thing the lady was going on and on about. If they are only going to give tours in French, then they need to state that VERY CLEARLY on the website. I could have saved money and just booked a regular tour and had it in English or German. Yes, the replica of the real cave is very impressive and the cave art is even more impressive and certainly worth a visit but don't bother with any of the special tours unless you speak fluent French....
Written November 18, 2022
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Thank you for sharing your opinion with us. The Prestige visit is only conducted in french in low season. It is indicated by a french flag tag on the timetable.
Written November 22, 2022
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MarkyS
Saffron Walden, UK4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We tried to book tickets on the website but it wasn’t working (it later became apparent that only the English version of the website wasn’t working, the French version was). In hindsight my advice is to book on the French version of the website and make sure you book an English tour. Anyway, we arrived early afternoon to be told the next available tour was 2.5hrs away and was in French but we could have an English audioguide. Booked the tour, went into the nearest town and came back at the right time. The audioguide technology was good (it detected where you were in the museum and showed you the right info and audio snippets) but the problem was that there was very little English audio. So we got to each point, listened to 1 minute of audio then had to stand around listening to 10 more minutes of French we didn’t understand from the guide. The place is quite impressive - it is great to see the cave paintings and hear about them and the investment to duplicate the whole of the original cave must have been huge. It is just a shame it isn’t set up for foreign visitors
Written August 10, 2022
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Thank you for your comprehensive review. To satisfy our many foreign visitors in high season, we offer daily guided visits in english and in german + self guided sessions between 12h50 and 13h40 in various languages. Howecer, the number of visitors is limited in groups and they are quickly sold out.
Written September 21, 2022
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Kind42
Oxford, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The recreation of the cave is incredible. You walk through and it feels very realistic. We were on a group tour and there were several points to stop at where the guide explains that area of the cave, the art and how it would have been created originally. Everyone is given a headset so you can hear the guide clearly as she speaks. Lots of opportunity to ask questions as well. After walking through the cave there is an exhibition showing how they recreated the cave and has some of the key paintings on display.

Our guide, Cecile, spoke excellent English and explained the history and context of the paintings really well.

The facilities are good. Everywhere is clean, excellent parking, nice toilets and a lovely souvenir shop.

We didn't eat in the cafe - there is a nice, relaxed lunch place round the corner.
Written June 24, 2022
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Thank you very much for your review! We do our utmost to make your experience unforgettable and we are delighted that you enjoyed it.
Written July 4, 2022
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Amandajgj
Dundee, UK152 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Our group of nine arrived at 1505h on Thursday. Closing time was, apparently, at 1500h and, even if we had arrived earlier, all tours were full. Other potential paying visitors were similarly disappointed. Some of our group booked and attended the 2 p.m. tour the next day. The French speakers were delighted with their experience but the English interpretation was poor. The monolingual young person in the group enjoyed the visuals but missed so much. If there is a tour in your native language, make sure you book that!
Written April 10, 2023
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Thankyou for sharing your experience. On the website timetable, near every visiting hour there is a flag to show in which language the visit will be. Booking is advised whatever the season.
Written May 30, 2023
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Jim
Greater London, UK568 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
When we visited Lascaux II a number of years ago, Lascaux IV was being constructed so I was interested to see what it was like.
There has been a lot of thought into the new museum and cave reconstruction, and technology is well used to enhance the visit.
The cave system is an exact copy of the original caves which were open from 1948 to 1963 and then closed because human activity was making the art deteriorate.
All tours are guided and in several languages. The tour guide wears a small mic and it is very clear through headphones.
The surface of the caves is a little tricky for people with reduced mobility.
After the guided visit there is another huge hall with sections of the caves deconstructed and open so that you can spend time looking more closely. There is also a cinema experience.
Thoroughly worthwhile visit, great educational experience for older children.
Wouldn’t recommend it to pre-school children.
Written August 4, 2022
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Thank you very much for your review! We do our utmost to make your experience unforgettable and we are delighted that you were able to enjoy it.
Written September 21, 2022
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Christine O
London, UK6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Tour of Lascaux IV . I was disappointed with my visit. Our tour time was cancelled which was not a problem but we were then asked to join the next tour which was all in French. The tour guide did speak English but there was no translation headsets in English, so for nearly two hours the guide gave the rest of the people on the tour a very detailed description but my friend and I were ignored. I also thought what a lot of concrete for a prehistoric site. However, the recreation of the original caves is amazing.
Written May 30, 2021
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We are pleased that you enjoyed the replica of the cave. For reasons related to the covid health crisis, we do not give audioguides any longer but guided tours. Since most of our foreign vivitors are being subject to travel restrictions, we do not offer english speaking guided tours yet.
Written June 2, 2021
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Patty C
Dallas, TX91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I'm surprised by the other reviews but agree that you should verify the language spoken prior to arriving for any tour. Lascaux IV International Center is the only complete replica of the entire cave system and it's well worth the visit. (The actual cave has been closed to the public since 1963.) Simply a jaw-dropping experience. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, fluent in English, and used a sophisticated audio headset system to ensure clarity. It's hard to grasp the complexity of how these paintings were created 21,000 years ago, especially once you understand that the entire area was frozen tundra, not the lush, green area we see now. Guided tours are required and for good reason. Visitors would miss a great deal without the guide physically pointing out where certain cave features are located.
Written May 16, 2022
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Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are pleased you enjoyed the visit and thank you for the guide !
Written May 24, 2022
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Boomerellie
Buckinghamshire, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This visit was an eye opener for me and I will never think of pre-historic art in the same way again. The reproduction cave and exhibition afterwards are fascinating, made all the more interesting by our informative guide Joshua. I had never appreciated the skill that these early people had and to think that drawings of such beauty were crafted 20,000 years ago is just mind boggling. For me personally, this was the best thing I have did in the Dordogne over a fortnight's visit.

The only thing that ruined it slightly for me were visitors bringing their toddlers and very young children on the tour with them. The guided tour lasts around 45 minutes and for a young child it is boring. You are walking through a cave with a guide speaking at you, whilst looking at pictures - this holds no interest for really young children, so they start moaning and crying.... spoilt the atmosphere and made hearing the guide difficult at times.
Written August 2, 2023
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Thank you very much for sharing your experience. Toddlers are their parents' responsability. Thank you for Joshua !
Written August 3, 2023
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JoL
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Do not be put off by the idea that this is a replica. It is wonderfully done and I don’t feel anything was lost in the recreation. English language tours are not at great times but we roused ourselves for the early start and we were rewarded by a peaceful, empty cave viewing experience and a GREAT guide Josh. Josh kept 8 kids aged 4-10 quietly captivated as we went through the cave and gave lots of time and space to contemplate the art and the experience of the artists. It really was a wonderful experience. The workshop after the cave is also very well done - photos are from there as there is no photography in the cave
Written August 13, 2023
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Thank you very much for your very comprehensive review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your discovery of Lascaux IV ! Thank you for Josh.
Written August 14, 2023
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Leonie_12
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We had a horrible experience at Lascaux IV. They do not cater for English speaking tourists & put us in a group with a French speaking guide. We were given a headset /audio English speaking guide which provided us with minimal explanation of the tour in the cave. The tour guide was sharing copious amount of information in French & totally ignored us. We missed out on a lot of information & feel penalised for being English speaking. We left early feeling disappointed & ripped off at 22 euro per person. Just pathetic. Don’t waste your money.
Written June 25, 2023
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Thank you for sharing your experience. We offer at least 2 english speaking visits per day but they were probably already booked by the time you arrived at the ticket office. It is definitely wise to book in advance when you can to avoid this.
Written June 29, 2023
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