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

(4.5/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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.
map
Create a full Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil itinerary

Plan your trip to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil by other users

15 days in France BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in South of France BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, kids, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Nouvelle-Aquitaine BY A USER FROM IRELAND July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Dordogne BY A USER FROM ISRAEL May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in South of France BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in South of France BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 55 days in South of France BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA May, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in South of France BY A USER FROM CANADA July, kids, culture, outdoors, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Nouvelle-Aquitaine BY A USER FROM IRELAND June, teens, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in South of France BY A USER FROM FRANCE August, culture, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in South of France BY A USER FROM BELGIUM July, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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 e...  more »
  • Book online, it allows to choose the dates and times if it is done in advance. Is the last cave open to the public or we can see polychrome frescoes, so not to be missed, even if we stayed on our hunger, because there are times or it have to imagine and the last part is not open to the public, it is certainly the most interesting, but protection requires.
    View original
  • An exceptional site visit authentic where you can still see the full color original works (and unreplicated at LASCAUX). Enjoy without delay because the number of visitors is counted and strongly reduced. A course rich in emotions with a passionate guide. But alas works already very degraded by time.
    View original
Google
  • 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).
  • Extraordinary place! But very difficult to get tickets. For the lucky, the guides are great for you to discover the place, sometimes on the magical aspects, sometimes on those historical and artistic.
    View original
  • Thank you to all the passionate guides that make us travel inside this cave
    View original
  • Majestic, but must book long in advance
    View original
  • See +++ it's essential to book in advance.
    View original