Gisements de Castel Merle

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Opens at 10:00 am

Opening hours subject to change depending on the health context

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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
    • Guided tours of quality and animations that make you discover and experience the daily life of prehistoric men.

      Located in the heart of the Vézère Valley, between Montignac-Lascaux and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, this authentic and classified site, presents 10 shelters under remarkable rocks, occupied by the man of Neandertal 85 000 years ago then by the Cro-Magnon man 35,000 years ago. It is one of the highest concentrations of deposits in Europe reflecting an exceptional continuity of human occupation.

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


      RATES :

      Basic price - adult full price: € 6.50
      Child price (from 7 to 12 years) : € 3.50
      Group price for children and adults (from 15 people) from € 5 to € 18, depending on activities and the chosen program.

      SCHEDULE :

      April May June September from 14h00 to 18h00
      July/August from 10am to 6pm
      Closing day on Saturday

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Traveller Reviews Gisements de Castel Merle

4.7 sur 5 86 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 !

  • nicolas granet

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by nicolas granet on 17/07/2021

    C'était super ! Le site permet de se plonger dans le quotidien de nos ancêtres : Chasse, peinture, taille de silex, confection de bijoux, visite d'un camp. Mes filles et nous même avons beaucoup aimé. Notre guide est un passionné et cela se sent !

  • Brigitte Pourquier

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Brigitte Pourquier on 14/07/2021

    Great visit! We were only 4 adults and 2 children, and we were able to discover this shelter with Isabelle Castanet, the discoverer's great-granddaughter ... Passionate as much as fascinating, she explains the engravings, the sculptures, the paintings, teaches us to shoot with the propellant, and for the children, a painting workshop is also very nice. We spent 1h30 without seeing the time pass!

Traveller Reviews Gisements de Castel Merle

4.5 sur 5 62 reviews

  • "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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  • "Fantastic guide!!"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by OsloScot (Oslo, Norway) on 22/06/2017

    This is certainly worth a visit. Delightful setting and a guide who is the Lady Mayor of the community who really knows the history!!

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Address

Site de Castel-Merle
24290 Sergeac

GPS coordinates

44° 59'57.37"N, 1° 6'4.53"E

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