We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Grotte du Pech-Merle

46330 Cabrerets, France
+33 5 65 31 27 05
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 179.70*
and up
Pech Merle Cave and Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Visit from Sarlat
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cave paintings” (36 reviews)
“english tour” (26 reviews)
“in advance” (24 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
46330 Cabrerets, France
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (1,002)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 280 reviews

Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fabulous caves with amazing staligtite and stalagmite formations. Add to that the 30,000 year old cave drawings and you have an unforgettable experience. Not having great French we booked on the English speaking tour. Our guide explained the history of the caves and the...More

Thank Shelley H
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This was a very moving and wonderful experience. These are the actual paintings, not reproductions, and show how very human our ancestors were from what we were told was 29,000 years ago. The mammoths painted on the walls were still roaming the earth. And the...More

Thank GreatBearCaifornia
Reviewed 19 October 2017

I always wanted to see 'prehistoric cave paintings'. It's rare when a lifelong imagined experience is exceeded by the real experience; but this one did! To be in the presence of man made art over 20,000 years old in a spectacular stalactite and stalagmite laden...More

Thank Brooklinemichael
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Our visit to Peche Merle was one of the most thought-provoking and moving experiences I've ever had. Who made these stunning paintings? Why? How did others react when they first saw the portraits of familiar animals drawn by their own people? There can't ever be...More

Thank phylliseg
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

It's an interesting visit to an prehistoric place. I enjoined the site and the explanation. But once I understand the idea I felt foolish to walk all the way round. I wish there were an escape exit for thous who had enough. And a road...More

Thank blue_or
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This cave is a real treasure. Not only are you visiting the authentic site (not a reproduction), the art is stunning and the experience of being so close to our pre-historic ancestors is not to be missed. A visit to Pech-Merle will leave a life-long...More

Thank luckyduc
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We had a very knowledgeable English-speaking guide who was highly skillful in putting pre-historic paintings into a context for 21st century visitors. My experience was deeply spiritual. I highly recommend visiting these caves.

Thank _jillrull
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I dont know why few people mention this site for a visit. It was awesome. The cave itself was huge and the 30,000 paintings of spotted horses et al gave me chills. Great companion piece to our Lascaux visit. Easy to book English speaking tour...More

Thank M-wonderer
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We booked onto a 10:30 English speaking tour and we're pleased we did so as the tour into the cave system was really interesting. The 40 minutes or so time spent in the caves is a glimpse into another world which is just fascinating.

Thank Fraser121
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Didn't think about visiting until day before so only managed to join french speaking tour. Language didn't matter the cave and the early art work speak for themselves. Not to be missed. Great little kiosk serving fresh sandwiches and frites.

2  Thank sessilebenthos
Nearby Restaurants
La Roue
295 reviews
.79 km away
Les Deux Vallees
127 reviews
3.33 km away
Le Cantou
677 reviews
5.20 km away
On Passe a Table
105 reviews
6.02 km away
Nearby Attractions
Les Croisieres de Saint Cirq Lapopie
341 reviews
2.55 km away
Ecomusee de Cuzals
45 reviews
5.02 km away
Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie
410 reviews
5.15 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Joanne J
31 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
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
11 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
Google Translation
2 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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