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Cave of Font-de-Gaume

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Address: 4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
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+33 5 53 06 86 00
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09:30 - 12:30
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Sun - Fri 09:30 - 12:30
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The Font-de-Gaume cave is a marvellous example of prehistoric art from the...

The Font-de-Gaume cave is a marvellous example of prehistoric art from the Madgalenian period with a truly remarkable group of polychrome wall paintings and engravings. For reasons of conservation, the number of visitors is limited to 180 each day with a maximum of 12 people per group. Cave of the Vezere valley designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 15th May to 15th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. > 16th September to 14th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last visit at 4 p.m. Open in accordance with conservation necessities. Closed: > Saturdays. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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The caves are quite stunning. The art was so much bigger than I had anticipated and the level of detail in some animals is incredible, especially as it had been preserved for... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The caves are quite stunning. The art was so much bigger than I had anticipated and the level of detail in some animals is incredible, especially as it had been preserved for 15,000 years. Get there early for a ticket (before 9) and make sure you take a seat on a numbered bench or rock, this is your place in... More 

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Seaton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

This is a superb cave - I found it far more moving and involving than the big Lascaux IV site, although it helps to have visited Lascaux before Fond de Gaume to learn about the cave paintings in general. Only small groups are admitted (book in advance to be sure of a place, although we turned up at 11.00 and... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

The cave art is outstanding, the site is reasonably easy to access, the tour groups are small, and you want to visit before it is closed with just a facsimile to visit. With a bit of planning you can also visit the other caves which are very close by. If this is the only cave you visit it is a... More 

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Bakewell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

To see the engravings made by people 16,000 years ago is an awe inspiring experience . The quality of the work, the way in which they use the shapes in the rock to fit their chosen image is so skillful, but for me it was the connection to people so long ago, that our humanity is shared, that was so... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

I feel very lucky to have seen the Font-de-Gaume. If you have just a little bit of interest of pre-history... This is one of those places on the planet that just... a wonder unknown. It´s an ode to nature, expressions of the humble recognition of man´s place in the world, the atmosphere is that of an ancient temple, except this... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Grotto de Font-de-Gaune is the only shot we had to look at real 25,000-14,000 year old prehistoric polychrome cave paintings. The steep climb was rewarded by a 12 person at-a-time walking tour into the bowels of the underground caverns. The guided tour is in French with a few key words of English - but not many. If you have the... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

One of the very few places to see the real, original cave paintings. Very few are allowed in so reserve ahead or show up in person before they open in the morning. Only one ticket per person, so make sure you are all there.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

There are two types of visitors to any attraction, the tourist and the traveller. To put this simply, you know who you are. If you're a tourist, head to Lascaux or even the newly opened Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in the Ardèche (the drive there is easy, plenty of facilities, like getting educated at a paleolithic theme park), but if you're a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Small group tours available in French or English. Admission limited to 78 people per day. Get there early to buy your tickets.

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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Grotto Font de Guame provided some great examples of cave drawings, bisons and horses particularly. We had an excellent English speaking guide who was animated and passionate about displaying the drawings under correct lighting conditions and with a laser pointer to help identify the portions of the drawings as they were sometimes difficult to see based on age/condition or positioning... More 

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