La Roque Saint-Christophe : a family visit to du during any kind of weather and all year long !

Peyzac le Moustier
Share La Roque Saint-Christophe : a family visit to du during any kind of weather and all year long !
La Roque Saint-Christ ...

Today, I suggest a family visit to the fortress and troglodytic city of La Roque Saint-Christophe. Open all year, it is ideally located for discovering the Vézère Valley. Between Montignac and les Eyzies, there are so many things to see ! Spend half day in Peyzac-le-Moustier, and travel 55,000 years back in time… Discover our ancestors who inhabited these limestone cliffs overlooking the river ! Partially sheltered, it is a pleasant site to visit either during warm weather or when it is raining. Are you ready ? So let’s go !

>>>>> Click here to watch the video



A limestone cliff inhabited for 55,000 years

You cannot possibly miss La Roque Saint-Christophe, either coming by canoë on the Vézère River from Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, or by or bike from Montignac or Les Eyzies ; this imposing and abrupt crevice in the rock is raised like a timeless watchtower on the Valley. Dotted by vegetation at the top, the cliff face attracts the curious, we can see people up there : the view must be incredible !

La Roque Saint-Christophe

The view from the cliff next to Pont du Moustier


You can access the entrance of the site from the small road located near Pont du Moustier. A large shady car park is waiting for you. After getting parked, walk for approximately one hundred metres to reach the entrance of the site. The reception desk is located in the lower part : the main terrace that can be seen from the road is 40 metres high and measures 400 metres. Once you’ve got your ticket at the entrance, start the tour of the site with the guard on duty. Some educational boards aid the visit, as well as a map. To interest the youngest, download the selfguide and game booklet specially conceived for children! Allow approximately 1h30 for the visit between reading time and amazement to really enjoy La Roque Saint-Christophe.

la roque saint christophe entrée

The entrance of the site, above the car park

La Roque Saint-Christophe can be visited all year long ; the site is really beautiful in all seasons, since the landscape gets a different look each season. During the academic holidays and the weekends from the beginning of the good weather, guided visits in French are organised. I totally recommend them : they last 1h15-1h30 and bring a friendly and living aspect on this unusual tourist site. We are just about to start a guided visit, are you coming too ?

La roque saint Christophe

Walk in the footsteps of our ancestors

la roque saint christophe

Climbing the thirty steps up to the beginning of the Grande Terrasse

 

Evolution of the troglodytic habitat through time

La Roque Saint-Christophe is composed of various parts, one part is a climb of approximately thirty steps per landing and punctuated by 6 educational boards, followed then by the Grande Terrasse which is the largest aerial under rock shelter in Europe. 400 metres, is just one part of the crevice, the one that can be visited but there are also other similar places, making more than 1km of ancient habitats !

We go through a man made tunnel for the visit and there, it is just stunning ! The Grande Terrasse overlooks the Vézère Valley and the 180 degrees view is amazing ! La Roque Saint-Christophe is north exposed and covered : when it is very hot in temperatures it is a haven of freshness and when it is raining, you are protected. At the « Point 7 » the guided visit starts. You walk along with your guide who explains the evolution of the habitat on the cliff through the ages, the ingenious watch system put in place in the whole valley during the Middle Ages to inform of the attackers arrival. Fascinating…

la roque saint christophe

A converted tunnel to reach the Grande Terrasse

Vue sur la Vézère roque saint christophe

The view of the Vézère River

la roque saint christopheTurn back on yourself to see the Grande Terrasse as a whole

Visite guidées roque saint christophe

Fascinating guided visits

Children do love the demonstrations of the hoisting machines. They are identical copies showing the process of raising livestock and construction materials. You needed to be well organised to live at 40 metres high with all the necessary preparations in case of attack... Treadwheel crane, medieval crane, the capstan… this is fun !

roque saint christophe

Hiding in the cupboards dug in the rock

Treuil à tambours Treadwheel crane

Grue à balancier

Medieval crane

la roque saint christophe

Another hoisting machine

la roque saint christophe

Safe visit protected by barriers, but was it the case in the Middle Ages ?

roque saint christophe

Some models for a better understanding

 

A 3D movie shows how the cliff looked like across ten of thousands of years of inhabitation. During the Middle Ages, it is was a real town with hundreds of people : peasants, artisans, noble and church people… Carry on up to the end of the terrace to see the point of view and a beautiful perspective on the cliff.

In the second part (after the Grande Terrasse), discover several reconstituted habitats, with wood and daub, kitchen settings, bedrooms etc. The visit is a loop circuit you will then go down some steps to reach the entrance with the guard on duty. Enjoy the view from the last small wooden terrace ; we can see the rock with the Vézère in the distance.

Escalier terrasse supérieure

Only one part of the site, which is very large, can be visited but it carries on further on for hundreds of metres

la roque saint christophe

The recreated habitats, hi there !

Finally, the last part, which is very much appreciated by the children and geology enthusiasts : the boutique. It is well provided with regional products, toys, cooking and history books, a beautiful collection of minerals, knights and other figurines, soft toys as well as original and attractive jewels (who did guess that I chose a necklace).

boutique roque saint christophe

The boutique de la Roque Saint-Christophe

boutique roque saint christophe

Necklaces, books for children and adults, figurines…

boutique roque saint christophe

Minerals, soft toys, toys…


Further information

  • La Roque Saint-Christophe is open all year, every day, but the opening times vary depending the seasons. All the necessary information to prepare your visit are available on their website.

  • Note : at the bottom of the site, there is a cafe with quality regional dishes, small menus for all, ice-creams and drinks at any time of the day, during summer.

  • Note that when you visit La Roque Saint-Christophe, you make a choice of responsible tourism, since the site is labelled NF Environnement Sites de visite, a prestigious and demanding label, awarded to the companies respecting many criteria such as recycling, resource economy and environment protection.

  • Check La Roque Saint-Christophe on the Guide du Périgord

 

Did you like our article? Find many more in our blog section « Do it my own way ».

Follow us on our Facebook page Guide du Périgord and Instagram @guideduperigord


egl:ise roque saint christophe

The reconstitution of the inside of a church

The inside of the recreated habitats

Snack Roque saint Christophe

Quality food at the snack-bar


Back to "Family Time"

You will like also

Visit the chasms, rock shelters and troglodyte villages of Périgord!

Visit the chasms, rock shelters and troglodyte villages of Périgord!
Visit the chasms, rock shelters and troglodyte ...

Peyzac le Moustier

The troglodyte village of La Madeleine in Périgord Noir

The troglodyte village of La Madeleine in Périgord Noir
The troglodyte village of La Madeleine in Péri ...

3,0 km - Tursac

The Château de Marzac, Escape Game in Tursac

The Château de Marzac, Escape Game in Tursac
The Château de Marzac, Escape Game in Tursac

3,0 km - Tursac

La Maison Forte de Reignac : Mysterious cliff-castle of the Périgord Noir

La Maison Forte de Reignac : Mysterious cliff-castle of the Périgord Noir
La Maison Forte de Reignac : Mysterious cliff- ...

3,0 km - Tursac

Le Préhistobranche: tree climbing park in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère

Le Préhistobranche: tree climbing park in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère
Le Préhistobranche: tree climbing park in Sain ...

3,0 km - Saint Léon sur Vézère

Events nearby

Savoir faire au rendez-vous 2022 : Elevage d'oies des Granges

Savoir faire au rendez-vous 2022 : Elevage d'oies des Granges
Savoir faire au rendez-vous 2022 : Elevage d'o ...

04/08/2022

2,8 km - Tursac

Fêtes populaires

Théâtre : "Songe d'une nuit d'été"

Théâtre : "Songe d'une nuit d'été"
Théâtre : "Songe d'une nuit d'été"

29/07/2022

2,9 km - Tursac

Spectacles

Théâtre “Tous mes rêves partent de Gare d’Austerlitz” de Mohamed Kacimi

Théâtre “Tous mes rêves partent de Gare d’Austerlitz” de Mohamed Kacimi
Théâtre “Tous mes rêves partent de Gare d’Aust ...

17/09/2022

2,9 km - Tursac

Spectacles

Concert : "les Voyages d’Itzik”

Concert : "les Voyages d’Itzik”
Concert : "les Voyages d’Itzik”

01/10/2022

2,9 km - Tursac

Concerts

40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : “Vous trouvez ça classique ?”

40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : “Vous trouvez ça classique ?”
40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : “ ...

03/08/2022

2,9 km - Saint Léon sur Vézère

Concerts

40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : “Total Schubert”

40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : “Total Schubert”
40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : “ ...

03/08/2022

2,9 km - Saint Léon sur Vézère

Concerts

40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : Le Concert anniversaire !

40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : Le Concert anniversaire !
40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : L ...

04/08/2022

2,9 km - Saint Léon sur Vézère

Concerts

40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : Récital et piano

40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : Récital et piano
40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : R ...

05/08/2022

2,9 km - Saint Léon sur Vézère

Concerts

40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : Récital et Grandes Partitions

40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : Récital et Grandes Partitions
40éme édition du Festival du Périgord Noir : R ...

06/08/2022

2,9 km - Saint Léon sur Vézère

Concerts

Savoir faire au rendez-vous 2022: sculpteur sur bois

Savoir faire au rendez-vous 2022: sculpteur sur bois
Savoir faire au rendez-vous 2022: sculpteur su ...

21/08/2022

2,9 km - Saint Léon sur Vézère

Fêtes populaires

You will like also

La Roque Saint Christophe

La Roque Saint Christophe
La Roque Saint Christophe

LA ROQUE SAINT-CHRISTOPHE Troglodyte fort and city, immense cliff located between the EYZIES and MONTIGNAC-LASCAUX ...

1,1 km - Peyzac le Moustier

Peyzac-le-Moustier

Peyzac-le-Moustier
Peyzac-le-Moustier

Peyzac-le-Moustier is a very small village in the Périgord Noir , located in the Vézère Valley . It is a haven of ...

1,6 km - Peyzac le Moustier

Maison Forte de Reignac

Maison Forte de Reignac
Maison Forte de Reignac

Listed as a historical monument, this extraordinary “cliff-castle” is undoubtedly the most secret, the most ...

1,7 km - Tursac

Tursac

Tursac
Tursac

Tursac is located in the Vézère Valley , on the road between Montignac and Les Eyzies , it is an essential place ...

1,7 km - Tursac

Le point de vue de la Côte de Jor à Saint-Léon sur Vézère

Le point de vue de la Côte de Jor à Saint-Léon sur Vézère
Le point de vue de la Côte de Jor à Saint-Léon ...

On the heights of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, the Côte de Jor offers an exceptional view of the Vézère Valley. A ...

2,8 km - Saint Léon sur Vézère

Ride around

Boucle du Roc n°7/ Saint-Léon sur Vézère

Boucle du Roc n°7/ Saint-Léon sur Vézère
Boucle du Roc n°7/ Saint-Léon sur Vézère

1,3 km - Saint Léon sur Vézère

Walking

Boucle des Points de Vue n° 8 / Peyzac -Le Moustier

Boucle des Points de Vue n° 8 / Peyzac -Le Moustier
Boucle des Points de Vue n° 8 / Peyzac -Le Mou ...

1,6 km - Peyzac le Moustier

Walking

Boucle du Mas Del Bos n°21/Tursac

Boucle du Mas Del Bos n°21/Tursac
Boucle du Mas Del Bos n°21/Tursac

2,2 km - Tursac

Walking

Boucle du Tour de Saint Léon. Plus beaux villages de France

Boucle du Tour de Saint Léon. Plus beaux villages de France
Boucle du Tour de Saint Léon. Plus beaux villa ...

3,0 km - Saint Léon sur Vézère

Walking

Boucle de Haute Clair n°5 / Saint-Léon

Boucle de Haute Clair n°5 / Saint-Léon
Boucle de Haute Clair n°5 / Saint-Léon

3,1 km - Saint Léon sur Vézère

Walking