Rendez-vous at the Prehistoric sites of the Eyzies-de-Tayac

  • La Ferrassie, Centre des Monuments nationaux - Eyzies-en-Tayac (24)

    La Ferrassie, Centre des Monuments nationaux - Eyzies-en-Tayac (24)

    © Centre des monuments nationaux-Ph.Berthé

  • Abri du Poisson, Centre des Monuments nationaux - Eyzies-en-Tayac (24)

    Abri du Poisson, Centre des Monuments nationaux - Eyzies-en-Tayac (24)

    © Centre des monuments nationaux. Ph. Berthé

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Rendez-vous at the Prehistoric sites of the Eyzies-de-Tayac

Two caves of the Vézère valley, designated world heritage sites by UNESCO

Come and discover an exceptional grouping of prehistoric sites at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac in the Dordogne region, most of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Encounter Homo sapiens, the remains of his habitat, his daily activities and his art.

A major testimony to the rock art of the Magdalenian Period, the cave of "Font de Gaume" contains an exceptional collection of polychrome paintings, as well as engravings. The shelter of "Cap Blanc" presents remarkable carved architecture. 

Abri of Cap-Blanc

A remarkable Prehistoric sculpted frieze.

This Prehistoric cave from the Magdalenian era lies just a few kilometres east of Les Eyzies on the right bank of the Beune river. It was classified as a listed site in 1926 in recognition of its unique sculptures. The frieze covers all but two metres of the 15-metre deep cave and features horses, bison and deer, some of which overlap. Originally, the sculptures were probably coloured since traces of ochre pigment were found during earlier archaeological digs.

The remarkable depth and vibrancy of these sculptures carved with flint tools make the Cap-Blanc Cave one of the greatest masterpieces of Prehistoric art from the Upper Palaeolithic period. A museographical area around the friezes gives an overview of Cap-Blanc life and art.

Cave of Font-de-Gaume

An exceptional group of polychrome paintings.

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.

Abri of Cap-Blanc

Reception

Subject to modification.

Open

  • All the year with prior reservation
  • Low season: to visit the cave, contact the reception centre at the Font-de-Gaume cave in Les Eyzies.
  • High season from 15th May to 15th September: reception on the site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last visit at 5 p.m.)

Closed

  • Saturdays
  • 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December

Accessibility

  • Number of floors visited during the tour: 1
  • Site with the "Tourism and Disability" label

Tours

  • Guided Tour:

French, English
• Reservation: 2 weeks
Duration: 1 hr

  • To complete your visit: discover the museum

•Video
Duration: 10 min

  • Maximum group size without splitting up: Access limited to 40 people per group for conservation reasons.

Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Lavatories
  • Picnic area 100 m
  • Free parking for coaches 100 m

Rates

  • Full rate: 7,50 €
  • Concessions: 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

  • Rate for tourism professionals and groups (minimum 20 people): 6 €

Cave of Font-de-Gaume

Reception

Subject to modification.

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

Accessibility

  • Site with the "Tourism and Disability" label

Tours

  • Guided tour: French, English

• Only on reservation
Duration: 45 min

  • Tour:

• Reservations: 2 weeks
tel.: (33) (0)5 53 06 45 66
Maximum group size without splitting up: Access limited to 12 people per group for conservation reasons.

  • Detailed tour: French, English

• Only on reservation
Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Seating available nearby the cave
  • Lavatories
  • Parking for coaches 2 km
  • Drop off and pick up point-100 m
  • Picnic area 1 km (in front of Les Eyzies town hall)

Rates

  • Adults: 7,50 €
  • Concessions: 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)
  • Detailed tour: 11,50 € per person from November to March(on appointment)
  • Rate for tourism professionals: 6 €

Access

  • Axe Sarlat / Périgueux : À 20 km au nord-ouest de Sarlat
  • De Périgueux : RN2089 direction Sarlat puis la D710, puis D47 direction Les Eyzies / Sarlat
  • De Sarlat : D6 direction Les Eyzies, puis D47 direction Périgueux

Contact

Hall d’accueil de Font-de-Gaume
4, avenue des Grottes
24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac
Tel: (33) (0)5 53 06 86 00
Tel: (33) (0)5 53 59 60 30
Fax: (33) (0)5 53 35 26 18