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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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An incredible experience...

One of the few original caves open to the public - for how long I don't know. A couple of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stephen M
Belfast, United Kingdom
Cave Paintings

This was a very educational experience. One of the few grottoes where we can see original... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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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4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
+33 5 53 06 86 00
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Reviewed yesterday

One of the few original caves open to the public - for how long I don't know. A couple of things - there are 52 numbered seats on arrival. We got there at 8.00 and was already at number. 39. If you arrive and the...More

Thank Stephen M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very educational experience. One of the few grottoes where we can see original prehistoric paintings. Overall a great experience. The down side is the need to wait in line and the limited number of visits. This is done to protect the site....More

Thank Marcand2008
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is humbling to witness. Make an effort to go who knows for how long visits will be allowed. While you're there tour Combarelle and l'Abri de Cap Blanc too.

Thank Dominique P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the very few caves still open in Europe to see colored cave drawings and oh my, it was worth it! We arrived at 7:30am (for a 9:30am open) in a downpour and were numbers #5, 6 and 7 in line. Since...More

1  Thank jmcriek
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Font-de-Gaume is one of those once in a lifetime experiences which one should make an effort to see. Because of damage to the cave through open exposure, access is now very limited. Around 50 tickets per day are available and can only be bought at...More

1  Thank Richard K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Over the years we've visited this cave numerous times (we always take friends here) and it never palls. There is always some new, small detail to appreciate, and it seems incredible it is still open to the public. It is small and intimate and lacks...More

Thank azjayhawks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I needed a single ticket on Tuesday June 27, and arrived at 6:30am, at which point there were 3 people already in line. I drove around to see Eyzies, and came back at 7:00am, and was the fourth in line. At 7:30, there were 8...More

2  Thank smith13022017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 11 June 2017

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
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Serena L
24 June 2017|
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Response from Rudy A | Reviewed this property |
It's fine if you have any tolerance for the cold whatsoever.
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
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