Grotte de Villars Caves and chasms, Prehistoric Sites in Villars

Opening hours

Closed

  • 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 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Opens at 02:00 pm

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  • Qualité Tourisme

Location : In the countryside

Province : Green Périgord

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    • The Grotte de Villars is located near Brantôme, in Périgord Vert. This natural cavity is of geological and prehistoric interest.

      During the visit (approximately 45 minutes), the guide will show you 500m of galleries. The rooms are very rich in concretions: calcite flows, fine stalactites, stalagmites, draperies and other fistulas.

      New sound and light animation
      In the deepest room of the tourist route, the new sound and light scenario takes us back 200,000 years to make us relive the rise of underground water flooding the room, it also evokes the presence of cave bears and that of men. prehistoric people who ventured deep into the cave. The new musical atmosphere and the use of new lighting technologies allow an unprecedented discovery of the underground environment, magnifying the space and the natural formations of this room.

      In the prehistoric part, we discover many paintings, authentic testimony of the art of our ancestors: horses, ibex, bison and one of the rare scenes of prehistoric art which combines a human representation and a bison. These paintings were made approximately 19,000 years, they appear under a thin layer of calcite which gives them a very particular blue color.

      In addition to the visit to the cave, the prehistoric garden presents you in a fun and accessible way, Cro-Magnon Man and his environment.

      Open daily from April 1 to November 06
      • April / May / June / September: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
      • July / August: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      • October / November 06: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      Last visit departure 30 minutes before closing time!

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Traveller Reviews Grotte de Villars

4.6 sur 5 2515 reviews

  • Wendy Burke

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Wendy Burke on 01/11/2023

    Loads of great Information and some fun things to do. The cave itself is stunning and the effects produced to give you a feel of what it would have been like as a home or sacred place of its day are brilliant. Obviously no photos taken in the cave!

  • Rebecca Osborne

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Rebecca Osborne on 05/10/2023

    A brilliant place to visit, definitely worth the price...the caves are very impressive and I loved the light and sound show half way through the tour. The staff were lovely and very helpful, and happy to give the tour in English as well as French. We went to the 11.30 slot to fit around the rest of our days plans, which meant we did not have time to enjoy the garden and the cafe (they close over lunch)....if you want to make the most of those facilities as well as the caves pick your time slot with that in mind. I 100% recommend a visit though!!

  • George Nott

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by George Nott on 05/04/2023

    Great guided tour of the grottes. Our guide spoke in both French and English which was very nice. A wonderful experience! Photography in not allowed in the grottes.

Traveller Reviews Grotte de Villars

4.5 sur 5 392 reviews

  • "Simply brilliant - mind blowing in fact"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Alan B (Auckland Central, New Zealand) on 03/11/2023

    This is something of interest for the whole family. Great guided tour. Have done it 3 times now over 5 years. Amazing story of how the grottoes were discovered and have been developed to date. Well...

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  • "Well worth a visit!"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Gary B (Standon, United Kingdom) on 17/08/2023

    Picked this as something to do on a rainy day in the Dordogne! We arrived early having read the reviews - tickets are good value - we received a factsheet in English and were told the tour was in...

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  • "Loved it! Go if you're in the area."

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by vickym837 (Creuse, France) on 02/09/2022

    Absolutely loved these caves, I've never seen anything quite like them. 20,000 year old cave art, beautiful galleries and grottos, and my favourite part, the grotto showing the scratch marks of...

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Grotte de Villars

Address

24530 Villars

GPS coordinates

45° 26'32.19"N, 0° 47'6.48"E

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