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Grotte de Niaux

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Address: Vierge de Niaux | At the end of its own one lane access road above the hamlet of Niaux, 09400 Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
Phone Number:
+33 5 61 05 10 10
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A giant of the prehistory ! Niaux Cave is one of the last decorated caves...

A giant of the prehistory ! Niaux Cave is one of the last decorated caves still open to the public. An 800-metre walk will take you to the Salon Noir, a majestic room where more than 80 paintings of animals offer themselves to you. For conservation reasons, the number of people and the length of the

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A must for anyone interested in Stone age Man or prehistoric art

I am fascinated by our origins and prehistory, and the Grotte de Niaux is a must see for anyone with similar interests. The quality of the cave paintings astounded me. I concede... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 December 2016
Jaca, Aragon, Spain
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Jaca, Aragon, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

I am fascinated by our origins and prehistory, and the Grotte de Niaux is a must see for anyone with similar interests. The quality of the cave paintings astounded me. I concede that the visit involves a 1.5 kilometre walk in the dark with little more than stalactites, stalagmites and old graffiti to entertain you. The ancient cave art, unlike... More 

Thank Kengele
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I love all type of prehistoric caves and thus planned to visit this cave during our Toulouse trip. I heard that only few people are allowed at a time and pre booking is required. We planned to visit on 28th December 2015 and thus tried to book the guided tour by email. However, after correspondences, we came to know that... More 

Sites Touristiq... A, Responsable relations clients at Grotte de Niaux, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. It is true that it is more practical to come to Niaux by bus or by car because the Cave is not in the center of Tarascon, the closest train station. To have the best experience and to preserve the area and the paintings, the visit is made in small groups and with individual torches.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is well worth a visit if you are in the area, it is absolutely mind blowing. You are effectively locked in the cave then taken in a small group by torchlight to the paintings which reveal themselves one by one. The guide was excellent at showing us the paintings, some of which can be hard to see. Our seven... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I booked on the English speaking tour via the Mirepoix Tourism Office. Others turned up hoping they could visit the caves and were lucky but this not always the case especially in summer. It was a experience that will live long with us, to stand looking at artworks completed 13,000 years ago is stunning.

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Lakewood, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

The cave at Niaux (rhymes with "meow") was a wonderful experience. The drive from Toulouse was relatively quick and easy with our GPS. The young woman who led our English speaking tour, Miriam, was extremely knowledgeable and personable. The paintings were very impressive and, as others have mentioned, may not be viewable to the public forever. Photography is not permitted... More 

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Although it's not replete with cave paintings, the paintings you see are real, which is rare and probably won't be the case forever, The cave paintings are 15,000 years old. The caves themselves are massive, a vast underground network. Our tour guide was excellent if a little quick marching on the slippery cave floor!

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

My husband, his mother and I visited Niaux Cave this past week in southern France. The experience was amazing! The website is clear that you must walk 800 meters in, and 800 back out, in uneven and slippery footing, but for anyone in reasonably good health it is fine, I think. The cave it's self is large and majestic, despite... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Mandatory reservations (can be made online). We went for the English-speaking tour at 13.30. Our tour guide (Miriam) was wonderful: enthusiastic and knowledgable, with a clear love for the caves. Being able to see these 14,000yo cave paintings was a wonderful experience, and was a highlight of our trans-pyrenees cycle trip.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We booked tickets on line the night before. During high season reservations mandatory as only so many people are let in each day. If you want an English tour make sure you book that tour ( I believe it was early afternoon). Wear good shoes, surfaces are slippery and you are in the dark with a flashlight that it is... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

What an incredibly beautiful learning experience. We got the only person who does the english tours and she SO amazing. Incredibly thought-provoking explanation and beautiful important art works. We highly recommend.

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