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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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46330 Cabrerets, France
+33 5 65 31 27 05
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A very interesting tour of ancient cave paintings up to 30,000 yrs old. We booked the English guided tour well in advance. If you turn up on the day it is unlikely that you will get in! Well organised tour and good place for a...More

Thank Murridge123
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the last French cave were you can see original prehistorical paintings, others, such as famous Lascau, are reconstructions. This is all because of the need to protect this very fragile pieces of art. Pech Merle does not escape to the rule:...More

Thank Julien D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved Pech Merle. We had booked the English tour a few weeks in advance on line. Our guide spoke good English and explained everything very well. She was enthusiastic and was able to answer any questions we had. The group was large - too...More

Thank Mid-Kate
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

30000 year old cave paintings accompanied by fine video explain prehistoric culture. Rare opportunity to see this but you must have tickets ahead of time. Do not go without them. Use internet

Thank HEC140
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Cahors for three days but only thought about Pech Merle this morning. Having been warned that you had to reserve tickets online and holiday times were bad we turned up anyway. Contrary to what another reviewer said the staff could not have...More

Thank mppherts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are Americans who live in the Dordogne, so have been to most of the caves with paintings. If you want the real deal instead of reproduced paintings in rooms that have been created to represent caves, then this is your place to go. The...More

Thank Jeri41
Reviewed 4 weeks 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
Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I'm sorry you had a bad experience while visiting the cave. You indicate several points that require answers. - The duration of the visit is limited for reasons of conservation of the paintings. This obliges the guides to lead the visit with a rhythm that...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 July 2017

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
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Joanne J
31 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
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
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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