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Grotte du Pech-Merle

46330 Cabrerets, France
+33 5 65 31 27 05
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Pech Merle Cave and Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Visit from Sarlat
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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
46330 Cabrerets, France
+33 5 65 31 27 05
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, I had looked forward to this. Chose not to go to Lascaux IV as they are reproductions. This was the real thing though it was miles off the beaten track and a long drive into the middle of nowehere. The paintings and markings are...More

Thank DBC-1963
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Lascaux, but I did not go to any other caves where the visitor can see live real cave art first hand, like Cognac or Rouffignac. So I have nothing to compare it to. Saying that, this was a terrific visit, so worth...More

Thank ncflyer99
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked via the internet for the noon tour. Since the 12 people on the tour all spoke English, the tour was in English. The guide was very informative. She explained how the cave formed, how early humans likely accessed the cave and created the...More

Thank RyanRRC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These are the real caves that you see and they are quite large and along with the paintings there are stalactites etc so you get two for the price of one. There are not nearly as many paintings as Lascaux but when you see the...More

1  Thank Alfred S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this location on a Wednesday morning to take advantage of the English tour which we had booked several weeks in advance. The guide did an excellent job. The background and visuals are truly fascinating. Photos are not allowed. Well worth the visit.

Thank Jim E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely spectacular- thinking about what these paintings represent is amazing. Tour in French seemed informative and we had an English translation. The setting is stunning and the area is magical. However. Go by car. The walk up the path nearly killed us. It says 900m...More

Thank Cricketdad
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating prehistoric caves and a small museum. We arrived at 1145 and booked our tickets for the 1430 tour. Tours are limited to 25 people so book early (online the day before) unless you want to risk it! The place closes for lunch from 1200-1330...More

Thank Tim D
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

The cave paintings and cave formations themselves are beautiful but it seems a bit crass to build a gift shop right over the entrance and have 100s of people in there at a time. Visit a smaller cave for a more atmospheric experience.

Thank Rudy A
Reviewed 18 June 2017

After having read about the Pech-Merle Cave in school books, it had always been a lifetime ambition to visit it. Unfortunately the cave did not live up to my expectation. Whilst the drawings of primitive man give an invaluable link to the past and are...More

Thank Johnspi52
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

The cave paintings are stunning, I still can't believe you can get so close to these when they are 29000 years old! We visited here with our two young boys (3 yo and 1yo) while on family holiday. Despite the cave being echoey and a...More

Thank Sally B
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Joanne J
30 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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1 September 2016|
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Response from FnuLnu | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry but I do not know. The cave, however, is wonderful. If you go to the Chauvet cave in Provence, don't eat at the cafeteria. The food is awful. The cave, however, even tho it is a faux cave, is great. Have a... More