Grotte de Font de Gaume, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

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Grotte de Font de Gaume features some of the best examples of France's prehistoric cave paintings outside Lascaux, which is now closed to the public. Discovered by Denis Peyrony in 1901, the paintings date from 17,000 BCE. At least 230 polychrome (colored) figures have been found here. Most depict animals, including 80 bison, 40 horses, and 20 mammoths. The most famous is a frieze of five bison, accidently discovered during a cleaning in 1966. To visit Grotte de Font de Gaume on your holiday in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, and find out what else Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil has to offer, use our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil itinerary maker.
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 engra...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Amazing cave art! A little tricky to get tickets (especially during peak season) but nonetheless unforgettable experience. Also amazing and knowledgeable guide :) This is one of the biggest masterpieces of the human race and shouldn't be missed.
  • What a wonderful experience to see cave art from 15,000 years ago. Excellent guide, very knowledgeable. We went today and were there by 8:45am and were lucky to be part if the first group to enter at 9am and it was in English! Only 52 people per day can enter the caves. We were the 22 & 23rd in line so get there early!!!
  • The Font-de-Gaume cave is well worth the effort. We went on Sunday, 2 October arriving around 8:00 and were 11th and 12th in line (there are 12 people per tour). Between our arrival and the opening at 9:30 only a handful of people came. As mentioned by other reviewers, when you arrive there is numbered seating to help with organisation, however it is not covered so you’re quite exposed in poor weather – be prepared! We were lucky to be on the first tour at 10:00 which was delivered in English. Our guide was very good and clearly passionate about the site. She showed us all the paintings, which are open to the public, and provided some significance and in some cases interpretation. We had previously gone to Lascaux II which was very helpful in appreciating the Font de Gaume images. We later went to Rouffinac which was again useful for context setting. If this interests you I would recommend all three caves as they are all very different with complementary information. Since it is one of the last of its kind open to the public, and may someday close as well, Font-de-Gaume is a really special experience. My only caveat would be that you do need a bit of imagination to appreciate the significance of the images and some research on the age of the paintings, and the painters themselves, before going is helpful (again this is where Lascaux II is a useful intro).
  • Magnificent. Get there early in the morning to hope to join the lucky 52 who visit this magical place.
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  • Booking well in advance required, but if you're in the Dordogne you want to see this cave absolutely... It's worth
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