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Cave of Font-de-Gaume

4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
+33 5 53 06 86 00
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Fantastic Visit, book well in advance on line

I wrote an E mail about 6 months in advance to request tickets, received a reply with a request for... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Melbourne, Australia
Show up early!

Beautiful cave paintings. You visit in a small group and the lighting is more atmospheric than some... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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Hours Today: 09:30 - 12:30, 14:00 - 17:30
4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
+33 5 53 06 86 00
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Reviewed yesterday

I wrote an E mail about 6 months in advance to request tickets, received a reply with a request for Credit card details the next day and was sent a receipt when the transaction was completed. Our tickets were waiting for us on arrival at...More

Thank MadamJosephine
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful cave paintings. You visit in a small group and the lighting is more atmospheric than some of the bigger caves, so that you get a sense of what the people doing the drawings actually saw. Go while it is still open to the public.

Thank Rudy A
Reviewed 1 week ago

See this while it is still open to the public. Can't believe they are still letting people in, as it is the last polychrome cave to do so, You will only have 27 min. inside. We arrived at 8:15 to get one of the tickets....More

Thank amy T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a tour guide make arrangements for us well in advance to do an English tour of this cave, and it was one of the highlights of my trip to France. Being able to see these cave paintings and engravings in person is absolutely...More

Thank Tyra96
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the few places one can still visit neolithic cave art. We booked our spot in January for a May visit. Only 70 people are allowed a day. We got an English guide and he was fabulous. He showed us how in the flickering...More

Thank vdempsey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hard to visit if you don't follow my advise, tickets sold at 9;30 to the line that starts forming at 8:00. Only 52 tickets per day and difficult reservation process so go early. Really worth the effort and the close -up view of the 14,000...More

Thank robertsphilippe
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

À remarkable collection of over 200 engravings and polychromatic paintings (black, ochre and brown) from the Magdalenian era (c. 15,000 BC), still opened to the public. Other similar caves are closed to the public.

3  Thank annonymus800
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

The Font de Gaume is a fascinating trip into pre-historic cave art. From the USA, I emailed the museum months before our visit to obtain tickets. Our tour guide spoke English and explained to us about the cro magnon and how they used the contours...More

Thank TravelinLady_77
Reviewed 11 April 2017 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...More

1  Thank DrAndrewSt
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...More

1  Thank JMVB
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Is Font-de-Gaume open on Saturdays?
29 April 2017|
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Response from P1263LOchris | Reviewed this property |
When we were there in January this year, it was a definite no, which we found odd, but clear! Whether that changes later in the year, I don't know. Information on the web is minimal, unclear and contradictory. Best way is... More
Kaajal B
How does one reserve the tickets to Font-de-Gaume ahead of time?
12 March 2017|
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Response from JMVB | Reviewed this property |
There's no online booking, although I assume they will set this up eventually. It's hard for me to respond precisely as I gather I can't quote contact links! The cave's website gives its phone number and postal address, and... More
April H
How do we get there using public transportation?
20 December 2016|
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Response from Cee F | Reviewed this property |
Catch a hike with one of the proud locals!
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