Deposits of Castel Merle

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Closes at 06:00 pm

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Useful information

Location : In the countryside

Province : Black Périgord

Tariffs : less than 10€, 10€ to 20€

Services

  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Dutch spoken
  • English spoken
  • Entertainment
  • Groups
  • Pets welcome
  • English
    • Located in the heart of the Vézère Valley, between Montignac-Lascaux and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, this authentic and classified archaeological site presents shelters under rocks occupied by our hunter-gatherer ancestors. These deposits make it possible to understand the daily life of homo sapiens through quality guided tours and you can also experience their daily life through numerous activities (thrower shooting, wall painting, fire lighting, etc.).


      You can also visit one of the rare shelter decorated with sculptures still open to visitors. This site has been the subject of numerous archaeological excavations. Its collections include thousands of ornamental items including mammoth ivory beads, perforated sea shells and pierced animal teeth.

      For groups (15 people minimum) visits by reservation take place all year round. In this case, an entertainment program is proposed and chosen with the organizers.

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Traveller Reviews Deposits of Castel Merle

4.7 sur 5 140 reviews

  • Barbara Jahn

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Barbara Jahn on 29/11/2017

    Not to be missed ! There were no children in our group who visited during October 2017. We found both the site and the presentations to be most exhilarating and educational. To be offered the opportunity to see and be within this ancient site of human habitation was mind-blowing. Actually going within the rock shelter, seeing the flint-knapping demonstration, enjoying lunch as it might have been for Neanderthals, and having the opportunity to try our luck with throwing a lance using an atlatl was just amazing. I strongly recommend visiting Castle Merle to everyone, young or old !

  • JB

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by JB on 07/08/2022

    We had a very pleasant time in the company of passionate and exciting people! A guided tour worthy of the name, well-constructed educational workshops, a well-maintained site. The great plus for us who spend nomadic holidays, we parked our van in the parking lot the day before to spend the night there and enjoy the site the next day. Place more than calm and in the middle of nature. Of course in respect of the place!! In short, we recommend this visit which allows this association to finance the place. To share so 😊

  • Robin Fourré

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Robin Fourré on 25/08/2022

    We have just left this magnificent site. The guides are fascinating! Tour suitable for all ages. The angle of attack of the presentation is very good. Thanks to the workshops, prehistory comes to life… Thank you for this time travel.

Traveller Reviews Deposits of Castel Merle

4.5 sur 5 65 reviews

  • "Awesome place with great workshops!"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by MF09 (Paris, France) on 09/08/2022

    This is THE place to visit with childrens, but promise will be equally enjoyable for adults. The place is run by passionate people wishing to share their knowledge in a fun and accessible way. Nils...

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  • "Be a Spear Thrower!"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Craig T (San Rafael, California) on 05/10/2018

    A nice look at the way Cro Magnon man lived. You even get a chance to throw a spear with an atlatle and test your hunting skills. Mine weren't so good.

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  • "The Best"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Travelyn103 (new york) on 22/04/2018

    Of all the sites I visited, I enjoyed this one the best. This cave is still open to the public but for shorter and shorter visits. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. He was not just a docent...

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Deposits of Castel Merle

Address

Site de Castel-Merle
24290 Sergeac

GPS coordinates

44° 59'57.37"N, 1° 6'4.53"E

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