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Centre de préhistoire du Pech Merle

Centre de préhistoire du Pech Merle

Pech Merle
46330 Cabrerets
Phone: +33 5 65 31 27 05
The Pech Merle Cave
Come and see authentic prehistoric paintings which are over 20,000 years old ! Exceptional works of art are conserved on the walls of the Pech Merle cave. Hundreds of representations adorn the cave : mammoths, bison, horses, aurochs… These figures are in their original natural setting : a breathtaking site with a fascinating geological history
The cave is easy of access and can be entered by most people.
Visitors are shown round by a guide in groups of 25 persons maximum ; the visit lasts 1 hour.The Pech Merle cave is vast. Its full length is over two kilometres. The individual caverns are very large in volume.The upper gallery network of Pech Merle, with no traces of prehistoric human presence, was explored at the beginning of the 20th C. The prehistoric galleries of the lower network were discovered in 1922 by André David, Henri Dutertre, and Marthe David, aged sixteen, fifteen and thirteen respectively. The study of the paintings and engravings was immediately undertaken by Abbé Amédée Lemozi, the parish priest of Cabrerets.The cave has been open to the public since 1926. It was classified as a “Historic Monument” en 1952. The commune of Cabrerets is the proprietor and manages the visits.Its geological interest is fundamental. All the stages of its formation, which lasted over several million years, are still visible : its carving out by the action of water, the collapses, and successive episodes of filling in and hollowing out, the formation of different types of crystalline formations. It is a real history of the Earth.One of the principal characteristics of this cave is the association of natural beauty with prehistoric art works.These are numerous, well-preserved, and representative of all the techniques and subjects of cave art.

This cave, authentic, masterpiece of prehistoric art, contains paintings of 70 animals playing with the relief of the rock, the colours and the light.

Online ticketing
Welcome to the reservation module of the Pech Merle cave.
Start by choosing the date of your visit and let yourself be guided.
You will then indicate:
- the desired visit time (be careful you will be asked to be present 30 minutes before the beginning of the visit)
- the number of adults and children
- your details (last name, first name and email address)
Pay your ticket online: you will receive a booking confirmation
 Visits by Booking online only  :
Dates et Horaires: 
From April to July 109h30 - 12h00 and 13h30 - 17h00
From July 10 to August 319h15 - 17h00
From September 1st to Novembre 1st9h30 - 12h00 and 13h30 - 17h00
Accueil de groupes: yes

By carAccess via A20 motorway : the nearest exit is n°57 (Cahors nord), then follow signs for “Grotte du Pech Merle” or “Saint Cirq Lapopie”Coming from Cahors (33 km) ?Coming from Figeac (50 km) ?Coming from Rocamadour (55 km) or Padirac (55 km) ?Coming from Labastide-Murat (22 km) ?By public transportThe nearest SNCF station is in Cahors. Buses leave from there.

Bus service : Line 910 Cahors-Figeac (info 05 65 10 02 21 or Please note : the nearest stop to Pech Merle is in Conduché, 8 kms away by road. Taxis are available. You can also walk 6 kms via the GR 651 ; please note that the path is steep and climbs a lot ; make sure you have suitable footwear.
On foot :Path from Cabrerets : from the centre of the village you can follow a path (signed up from the bakery and the village square) : distance of about 700m, takes about 20 mins., please note, the path is steep and climbs a lot, make sure you have suitable footwear.A pleasant path with fine views over the village and the Célé valley
Cycling : Follow the road itinerary ; please note : it climbs steeply ! (particularly over the last 2 kms).On site, there is a cycle parking area available

Tarifs & Moyens de Paiement

Adults 15 years old et + : 14€
Kids : de 5 -14 : 8.50 €
Kids - de 5 : 3.50 €

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