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Grottes d'Arcy-sur-Cure

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Address: Rn 6, 89270 Arcy-sur-Cure, France
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+33 3 86 81 90 63

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Cave Paintings Spark the Imagination

We took the first tour of a cool rainy day at 1030 AM in a small group of about 10 people. Our guide was very good. She was clearly interested in the cave's geology and was quite... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ottawa, Canada
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Worthing West Sussex
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39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed the tour although we could not understand a word of French as no provision is made. Heaven help you if you wonder over to the adjoining party, you are quickly sent back to your own party 'tout de suite'. Toilets are very basic and no provision for snacks or drinks. Its seen better times

Thank robertvp
Ottawa, Canada
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292 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the first tour of a cool rainy day at 1030 AM in a small group of about 10 people. Our guide was very good. She was clearly interested in the cave's geology and was quite imaginative in expressing the characteristics of the paintings and how they would have appeared to painters 28000 years ago. There are many more... More 

Thank Grivola
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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73 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

As caves go, I have seen more beautiful examples. But, this cave has some of the earliest examples of art known at present. That alone makes the visit worthwhile. Drawings have been found and carbon-dated to around 28,000 years old. That makes them the second oldest examples of human art yet discovered. It was a moving experience to see something... More 

Thank Don C
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We visited these caves whilst staying in the lovely little village of Arcy-sur-Cure. The caves were excellent and well worth the small cost and time. The cave paintings were excellent and the guide extremely friendly and enthusiastic. The only down side was that the guide only spoke French and so we had to make use of the leaflet provided (with... More 

Thank Paul H
Brighton, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

We visited this place after a recommendation and the caves are very pretty although as I don't speak very good French, it was impossible to understand the tour guide. As a result, the only information we gained was from the pamphlet, which was informative, but not quite the same. I've been to similar caves in South Africa and although this... More 

Thank MarcusT007
Rye, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015

Wonderfull experience - like walking througha forgotten world. Loads to see and very French. Great posters too. Well worth going.

1 Thank d b
Adelaide, Australia
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6 reviews
Reviewed 8 November 2015

We visited the site at the end of September 2015 and were full of anticipation. The woman at the kiosk, who spoke English, was very knowledgeable and informative. Our tour consisted of four persons, all understood English, but not French. The older male guide spoke only in French and appeared totally uninterested and patronizing, simply going through the motions with... More 

Thank Neil B
Auxerre, France
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Tucked away in deepest Burgundy just off the main road from Auxerre to Avallon and very close to the sleepy village of Arcy sur Cure are the Grottes d'Arcy sur Cure. Actually I live in Arcy and like anything close by it took me a long time to get to visit them. When one thinks 'underground' one tends to reserve... More 

2 Thank Krishna L
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2015

We were very lucky to be the only family to be on the site when the mid-morning tour (11:30am) started and effectively got our own private viewing. Usually the tours are conducted in French, but as we were the only ones there, our wonderful guide said that she would give us the tour in English which was very appreciated. The... More 

3 Thank Spak A
Workington, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015

The site itself is stunning but we felt that the guiding was very poor. There were too many people in the group so we couldn't see properly; the guide spoke very strangely accented French and we couldn't hear him properly because of the acoustics of the caves; he took the group round at a pace which felt rushed given the... More 

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