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Grotte du Pech-Merle

46330 Cabrerets, France
+33 5 65 31 27 05
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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cave paintings” (37 reviews)
“english tour” (26 reviews)
“in advance” (25 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
46330 Cabrerets, France
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+33 5 65 31 27 05
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"cave paintings"
in 37 reviews
"english tour"
in 26 reviews
"in advance"
in 25 reviews
"the real thing"
in 19 reviews
"open to the public"
in 10 reviews
"on line"
in 19 reviews
"awe inspiring"
in 14 reviews
"per day"
in 10 reviews
"limited number"
in 6 reviews
"french speaking"
in 6 reviews
"human hands"
in 4 reviews
"high season"
in 9 reviews
"cave visit"
in 3 reviews
"some sort"
in 3 reviews
"tour group"
in 4 reviews
"snack bar"
in 4 reviews
"stalactites and stalagmites"
in 8 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Glad we saw these stunning caves and amazing prehistoric art. Took the English tour and our guide was excellent. Make reservations online.

Thank rpperkins1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cave system at Peche Merle has some of the most magnificent cave art in the world, and we are fortunate that you can still visit it when so many other places are closed to the public. There are limited numbers of people that are...More

1  Thank Yelseltsew
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently took relatives to tour Pech Merle. They loved it, but I was somewhat disappointed because 1) I had purchased tickets for a tour in English on-line, but the tour was in French (which my relatives do not understand) and 2) the duration of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my favorite cave that I visited in Dordogne-- you understand how people living 25,000 years ago may have felt viewing the rocks and stalagtites and stalagmites as well as the paintings-- the theory is that it was a religious site and you can...More

2  Thank davisellu
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Of the 3 caves we saw during our visit in the Dordogne, this was our favorite. In addition to really interesting cave art, it has also stalactites and stalagmites as the the cave continues to form. It is also a bit out of the way,...More

Thank Peter B
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

We saw two caves during our week in the Dordogne and this was one. We wanted to secure tickets before we left the US and this cave permitted advance ticket purchases online. Some of the caves are small and almost feel like a family operation,...More

1  Thank arleigh1234
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

I had no idea what to expect at the grotto and was blown away by the experience of the visit. Our guide was great - her enthusiasm for the grotto and all its treasures was infectious. Her commentary was given in French, but the English...More

Thank Jenny M
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

This is a must see if you are in the area. There is an introductory video which is a part of the tour. Our guide only spoke limited English, but he went out of his way to point out the most interesting features to us...More

Thank FiveDockDiner
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

The visit of the cave is organized by groups and no more than 700 visitors can be allowed to visit per day in order to maintain the right level of carbon monoxide and preserve the prehistoric drawing on its walls. Every group is allowed something...More

Thank liora5352
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

It's one of few caves in France which features prehistoric paintings and is open to the public (most are closed). The tour lasts about 45 minutes plus a pre-visit introduction, and is supplemented by a museum and helpful film (in French with English sub-titles) which...More

1  Thank Dilbertfan
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PFM4941
21 May 2018|
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Response from FiveDockDiner | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe that it is possible to enter the caves without one of their guides. A private guide would not be allowed. The numbers of visitors are strictly controlled and you will need to book a tour with an allocated... More
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Joanne J
31 May 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
10 April 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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