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Grotte du Pech-Merle

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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
46330 Cabrerets, France
+33 5 65 31 27 05
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All reviews cave paintings english tour in advance the real thing open to the public awe inspiring on line per day high season human hands visited several cave visit amazing cave some sort tour group written guide speak french
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited Pech-Merle while on a bike tour through the Lot Valley. It was well worth the climb up the mountain! The opportunity to see this kind of early human creativity close up is not something you can do every day. The tour takes you...More

Thank ablasen57
Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the most interesting places my husband and I have ever toured. Don't let the fact that you may not understand French deter you from taking this fascinating tour to view prehistoric cave art. No words are necessary to appreciate the fact that you...More

Thank debechenique
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this cave. We had toured Font Du Gaume in Dordogne which was amazing but this cave allows its visitors to see more and spend more time in the cave. I believe this is because it is larger and more open. Our guide...More

Thank kathystrick
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked an English tour on line for our group of six. We arrived in good time and meet our young guide. She was charming and very informative. Be sure to catch the video on n the museum before your tour. It gives a great...More

Thank Judy W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a memorable visit to the cave of Pech Merle. My father had been to the original Lascaux caves before they were closed off to the public in 1963...and he said this was just as amazing. Its remarkable that you're able to see paintings...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will appreciate the tour more fully if you visit the museum with it's short video prior to the tour, as recommended. Especially true, if you are not french fluent. The museum is very informative and offers english info, as well. The video offers english...More

Thank Sanditoes10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the 10;30am english tour and it was fantastic. The cave itself is beautiful, lots of stalactites/mites and beautiful colors. But come here for the cave paintings, some of the most beautiful anywhere. The tour lasts about an hour and feels a bit rushed,...More

Thank Craig T
Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

thank you for your appreciation !

Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Beautiful cave by itself. impressive stalagmite and stalagtite. But the most impressive are the drawings and paintings . Absolutely unbelievably painted more than 20000 years ago. Certainly a lost civilization

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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

thank you for your message !

Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

The tour guide did not translate anything in English even though she spoke English. We did receive a book with information but would had been nice if she translated a little information. The cave was very nice, but the staff was not.

Thank chubby922
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Beautiful caves, amazing paintings and well worth a visit - did the tour, which was well managed and timed, unfortunately the tour guide did the whole tour in French, even through she was fluent in English and there were two other families who did not...More

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21 May 2018|
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Response from liora5352 | Reviewed this property |
In order to preserve the drawings they allow only 700 visitors per day. In July they are open until 18:00. As it likely to be crowded in July you need to reserve a place on their site. The entry is made by groups escorted by... More
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
Barb B
10 April 2017|
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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