Lascaux II is the first reproduction of the decorated cave the largest in France: the Lascaux cave, discovered at Montignac-Lascaux in the Dordogne in 1940. A must-see during your stay in the Périgord Noir! Visit programme, ticket booking, parking... Find all the information you need to organise your visit to Lascaux.
What's the difference between Lascaux II and Lascaux IV?
Lascaux II is a facsimile, an identical replica, of part of the Lascaux cave discovered in 1940 in the Périgord Noir. Lascaux IV takes in virtually the whole of the original cave, with different activities. The visits are complementary and both caves are well worth a visit !
A little history
It all begins in the Périgord Noir, in Montignac-Lascaux, 1940: teenagers discover the cave and the paintings that adorn its walls. The site is quickly opened to the public in 1948But the cave has been weakened by heavy human traffic and massive carbon dioxide emissions. It is now officially closed to tourists in 1963.
Today, it is no longer possible to visit the original caveLascaux II and Lascaux IV each offer an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Vézère Valley.
Lascaux II: the first facsimile of the cave
Lascaux II opened in 1983 at Montignac-Lascaux in the Dordogne, 200 metres from the authentic cave. The site reproduces the first two rooms of the cave: the Salle des Taureaux and the Diverticule Axial, which account for 90 % of the paintings discovered.
Lascaux IV: a new experience since 2016
The Lascaux IV site, or International Centre for Cave Art, is an almost complete replica of the cave prehistoric site of Lascaux. It is also located in Montignac-Lascaux in the Dordogne.
In addition to the paintings, visitors can enjoy a range of complementary activities: a workshop, a theatre, a cinema and an Immersion roomfor a unique experience.
What's the best way to visit Lascaux II?
A visit by torchlight
At Lascaux II, the walk takes on the feel of a journey through time. The torchlight tour is designed to take you back in time. faithful to the conditions of discovery of the original cave. In the half-light, the spectacle and the paintings are sure to move you!
In 2023, something new awaits visitors: the intimate storytelling walk "Aux Origines" (To the Origins) begins right next to the entrance to the original Lascaux cave. A guide will tell you all about the history of the discovery of the site.
Organise your visit to Lascaux II
When should you visit Lascaux II?
You can plan your visit to Lascaux II between early April and early November. But beware : opening times vary according to the time of year.
For a group visit, for example with schoolchildren, it is possible to come at the beginning or end of the year outside the general public timeslot. From January to April and from November to December, only groups can visit Lascaux II on request and by reservation..
Book tickets online
In view of the large number of visitors, it is advisable to plan ahead and to book tickets online. This will enable you to save time on site, but also take advantage of preferential rates.
Think about twin ticketIf you are planning other activities during your stay in the Périgord, such as a visit to Lascaux IV and/or the Parc du Thot.
Where can I park at Lascaux II?
Are you coming to Lascaux by car? You can park on the parking close to the sitebelow. If you spend your holidays in the Périgord Noir in a motor home, you can also park there. In busy periods, you'll find plenty of space along the road.