Practical information

Here you'll find all the practical information you need to prepare your visit to the Prehistoric sites in the Vézère valley.

Interior of the Cave of Font de Gaume shop

Opening hours

Please note

The Prehistoric sites in the Vézère valley are only open for guided tours.

  • The number of visitors admitted each day is limited. You must book your visit online.
  • Tickets are checked at each site 30 minutes before the start of your visit. For the Abri du Poisson, La Ferrassie, Le Moustier and Laugerie-Haute, please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your visit at the Font-de-Gaume cave ticket office (Les Eyzies).
  • Everyone taking part in a visit to the caves, shelters or archaeological deposits must be in possession of a ticket.

Online ticket office

 

Reception hall, ticket office and bookshop of the Grotte de Font-de-Gaume

4 avenue des Grottes - 24620 Les Eyzies
Tel: 05 53 06 86 00
fontdegaume@monuments-nationaux.fr

From 15 May to 15 September
9.30am- 5.30pm
Closed on Saturdays

16 September to 14 May
9.30am- 12.30pm and 2pm - 5.30pm
Closed Saturdays and 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

Abri du Cap-Blanc ticket office and bookshop

D48 - 24620 Marquay
Tel: 05 53 59 60 30
capblanc@monuments-nationaux.fr

15 May to 15 September
10am- 6pmClosed Saturdays

From 16 September to 14 May
9.30am- 12.30pm and 2pm - 5.30pm
Closed on Saturdays and 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

Rates

Guided tours - individual rate

Grotte de Font-de-Gaume, Grotte des Combarelles: 
Entrance fee: €13 per site 

Abri du Cap-Blanc:
Entrance fee: €9
Special rate, Musée national de Préhistoire partnerships (on presentation of full-price ticket), SNCF - TGV Inoui (on presentation of a ticket less than 5 days old): €7.50

Free: 
Under 18s 
18-25 years (European Union nationals and regular non-European residents in France)
Disabled person and accompanying adult
Jobseekers (on presentation of a certificate less than 6 months old)
Valid Education pass
The first Sunday of each month from November to March for the Font-de-Gaume and Combarelles caves and the Cap-Blanc shelter.

 

Guided tours - group rate

Grotte de Font-de-Gaume, Grotte des Combarelles: €11.50 per site
Abri du Cap-Blanc: €7.50
Price per person from 20 paying adults.
Any person coming with a tourism professional with no minimum number of people.
Group booking requests should be sent to: fontdegaume@monuments-nationaux.fr

See also the detailed price conditions for groups on our dedicated page.

 

In-depth guided tours of Font-de-Gaume and Combarelles caves

19 € per site
In low season. Adults only. In French.
For this offer, reserve a visit time by email to: fontdegaume@monuments-nationaux.fr


Guided tours  - Abri du Poisson and archaeological deposits of La Micoque, Le Moustier, La Ferrassie, Laugerie-Haute:

Adults: €9 per site 
Young people aged 7 to 18 and special groups: €4 per site


Conference visit - Abri du Poisson, and archaeological deposits of La Micoque, Le Moustier, La Ferrassie, Laugerie-Haute:

Adults: €13 per site 
Young people aged 7 to 18 and special public: €6 per site

 

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Access and transport

Prehistoric sites in the Vézère valley

Prehistoric sites in the Vézère valley
Reception hall - Grotte de Font-de-Gaume
4 avenue des Grottes
24620 Les Eyzies

BY CAR

Grotte de Font-de-Gaume - reception and ticket office: at Les Eyzies, take the road in direction of Sarlat, on the D47
Abri du Cap-Blanc: from Les Eyzies or Sarlat, on the D47, follow the D48 towards Tamniès / Abri du Cap-Blanc.

BY TRAIN

Paris-Limoges-Périgueux-Agen line. Travel time from Périgueux: 30 min
Distance from Les Eyzies SNCF station: around 2 kilometers to the Grotte de Font-de-Gaume, 3.5 kilometers to the Grotte des Combarelles and around 9 kilometers to the Abri du Cap-Blanc.

BY BIKE

Electrically-assisted bikes can be hired in the centre of Les Eyzies. The Lascaux-Dordogne Vallée Vézère Tourist Office and its tourist information office in Les Eyzies will be happy to help you.

Go to the Tourist Office website

 

Location de vélos électriques aux Eyzies
Location de vélos électriques en libre service, Les Eyzies

DR / Centre des monuments nationaux

Services and visiting conditions

Services

Bookstore and shop at the Grotte de Font-de-Gaume and the Abri du Cap-Blanc

Visiting conditions

Guided tours of the Combarelles and Font-de-Gaume caves and the Cap-Blanc shelter

  • Limited capacity.
  • Online booking required.
  • Suitable for children aged 7 and over.
  • Time on site: around 1 hour for each monument.
  • Please note that for conservation reasons, visits to the Font-de-Gaume cave (inside) are limited to 30 minutes.

 

Abri du Poisson and archaeological deposits of La Micoque, Le Moustier, La Ferrassie, Laugerie-Haute

  • Guided tours
    • Suitable for children aged 7 and over for the Abri du Poisson, and 10 and over for the other sites.
  • Conference visits :
    • Suitable for children aged 13 and over.
  • Limited capacity.
  • You must book your visit online.
  • Time on site : approximately 1h30 visit per site, travel included.

Access conditions to the sites

As part of the Vigipirate plan, no bags are allowed in the sites.
No dogs allowed.
Photographs and films prohibited.

Grotte de Font-de-Gaume:

Cave temperature: arround 14°C. Bring suitable clothing.
Access to the cave via a steep, narrow path (around 400 m long).
In the cave: winding, narrow tour route. Darkness. No seats.

Grotte des Combarelles:

Cave temperature: around 12°C. Bring suitable clothing. 
In the cave: tour route with narrow, low passages. Darkness. No seats.

Abri du Cap-Blanc:

Temperature in the shelter varies between 15 and 18°C. Bring suitable clothing. 
Access from the car park via a winding forest path (around 200 m long), with a downward slope of around 11.5%.
Reception building: ramp >15%.

Abri du Poisson :

Partly outdoor site. 
Necessary vehicle: site located approximately 3 km from the ticket office.
Access to the site: Grand Roc car park around 300 metres from the Abri, including around 150 metres of steep, narrow forest path. Suitable shoes are essential. Depending on the number of cars, parking is possible below the forest path leading to the shelter.

Gisement de La Micoque :

Outdoor site. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed shoes. Necessary vehicle: site located in the commune of Les Eyzies, approximately 6 km from the ticket office.

Gisement du Moustier :

Open-air site. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed shoes. Vehicle required: site located in the commune of Le Moustier, approximately 10 km from the ticket office. 
Access to the site: parking below the archaeological deposit. Climb with gravel > 8 %.
Due to the nature of the remains discovered at Le Moustier, the subject of child, newborn and foetal mortality will be addressed, in particular through the use of visuals (burials, skeletons).

Gisement de La Ferrassie:

Otdoor site. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed shoes. Due to the nature of the remains discovered at La Ferrassie, the subject of child, newborn and foetal mortality will be addressed, in particular through the use of visual aids (burials, skeletons).

Gisement de Laugerie-Haute:

Outdoor site. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed shoes. Vehicle required: site located in the commune of Les Eyzies, approximately 4.5 km from the ticket office.

Disabled access

Find out more about our services and facilities for visitors with disabilities.

Consult the dedicated page

Vigipirate plan

 

To ensure the safety of visitors, the monument applies the preventive measures decided by the government for public administrations. To find out more

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