Discover and visit the Lascaux cave

Lascaux, the Sixtin Chapel of Périgord

The most famous cave in the Périgord is renowned for its many prehistoric representations. It's not unusual to find a cave with paintings or sculptures dating from prehistoric times in Europe, but Lascaux has a variety and countless features that make it a must-see during your stay in the Dordogne.

 The original painted cave is closed to the public since 1963 to preserve its exceptionally rare works. However, the Lascaux IV International Centre of Cave Art offers a faithful reproduction. The bullring Open your eyes wide and you'll find a prehistoric sign, a painting, an engraving... There are no fewer than 357 horses on display, and even 1 human representation! Extremely rare representation in prehistoric art. 

Lascaux, unique in the Dordogne and in France!

The Lascaux cave is unique in France! There are many other caves in the country, but none with such sumptuous representations of prehistoric art. What's more, the Montignac-Lascaux cave is the one with the most reproductions, the equivalent of 2 Chauvet and 4 Cosquer! Don't miss this national monument which has made the Dordogne famous the world over.

There are many prehistoric caves in the Vézère valley.

Of the 400 decorated caves discovered in Europe, 40 are in the Dordogne! Just a stone's throw from the Lascaux cave: prehistoric deposits, prehistoric caves with paintings, prehistoric caves with engravings, prehistoric shelters with bas-reliefs, the National Prehistory Museum, the Prehistory Interpretation Centre... The Vézère valley is an open-air stage for anyone wanting to discover the prehistoric period.
The Lascaux IV International Centre for Cave Art houses an impressive collection of prehistoric works on its walls. Some of the signs and engravings are also to be found in the Combarelles and Bara-Bahau caves, but one of the most striking examples is the such a concentration is exceptional.

Lascaux IV is the whole of the original cave

The fac similé aims to faithfully represent the walls and contours of the prehistoric cave. To achieve this, the Montignac-Lascaux workshops have carried out precision work. The hall of bulls, the axial diverticulum, the nave and the apse have all been recreated in life-size to give you a real feel for the cave. the thrill of discovery ! The well, inaccessible in its original configuration, has been reproduced in the Atelier de Lascaux so that you can admire the only human representation discovered to date in the Lascaux cave. 

Lascaux, an architectural gem

The Lascaux IV International Centre for Parietal Art is such an integral part of the hillside that it is almost imperceptible. The architects have gone to great lengths not to alter the character of the hill, which was listed as a Historic Monument in 1940 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1970s.

When you visit Lascaux IV, you can admire the village of Montignac-Lascaux. The tour begins with the panoramic terrace to admire the view over the village and explain the formation of the Vézère valley and the geology of the area.
Visiting a cave is all about venture underground, You'll realise this throughout your visit, thanks to the ambient darkness created by the underground nature of the building. However, light also has its rightful place in this place, and it shines out spectacularly between the reproduction of the cave and the workshop in the section known as the fault!

A wide range of visits

The Centre international de l'Art Pariétal is a reproduction of the Lascaux cave, but not the only one! The building offers a wide range of tours. 

Looking for an exceptional evening? Visit Cave Art and Gastronomy evening is for you. After a unique tour of the cave, a menu prepared by an expert will be served. starred chef is served with stories and anecdotes on the life of the Lascaux man.

You are in family ? Choose guided tour. With the help of an explorer, children can explore the cave in a fun way. A "visit companion" is provided for this unforgettable experience at the heart of prehistory.

If you're looking for a traditional visit, the Lascaux IV International Centre for Cave Art is the place to be. free for children under 5 and that twin tickets with other family sites are available. 

Do you prefer a private visit of Lascaux? Book Lascaux II for your company or your group of friends. For an attractive price, you can relive the discovery as Marcel Ravidat, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agniel or Simon Coencas did.

For easy access to Lascaux

Lascaux is like the Eiffel Tower - you can't miss it on a trip to France! That's why it's best to prepare for your visit.

Here are a few tips: 

La book online, have you heard of it? It's a primordial if you are planning a holiday in the Dordogne during the summer season. There is a wide range of opening hours, but visitor slots fill up quickly in summer. Book as soon as possible on lascaux.fr

Are you an early riser? Good timing! The Centre international de l'Art Pariétal keeps a few tickets on sale every morning in summer when the ticket offices open. Please note that the slots are fixed in advance, so you won't be able to choose the time you want to visit, but if you're just passing through, you can try your luck.

Are you more of an evening person? Even better! The evening visits are often less full. We know you want to enjoy a glass of Monbazillac on the terrace as an aperitif, but opting for an evening visit means choosing a more intimate experience. 

No more visits to Lascaux IV? The Lascaux II cave is still open to the public, welcoming almost 70,000 visitors a year. This facsimile, opened in 1983, already offers 40% of the original cave, not bad for an introduction to the world of cave art.

As we said earlier, there's no shortage of caves in the Dordogne ?

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