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Parc de la Prehistoire

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Address: Village de Banat, 09400 Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
Phone Number:
+33 5 61 05 10 10
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours


ENJOY A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FROM PREHISTORIC TIMES! In our activity workshops you will be able to learn to hunt, paint, prepare flints and light a fire, just the way they used to do it 14,000 years ago! And in the 'Grand Atelier' - a museum dedicated to Prehistoric Art - you will be able to watch films, and see objects and facsimiles of Niaux Cave's 'Salon Noir', the 'Forbidden Niaux' and the Marsoulas Cave. THE GIANTS OF THE ICE AGE Discover species emblematic of prehistoric times in a steppe-like landscape: a Cave Lion, a Steppe Bison, an Irish Elk and a Mammoth. The visit ends with a playful module inviting you to pit yourselves against these animals with games and original experiences. English audio guides The participative workshops are covered and stay opened whatever the weather.

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Excellent, informative attraction.

Divided between indoor and outdoor sites, the PDLP tells you as much about prehistory as you can realistically retain in one visit. The indoor museum space is superb, completed by... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
Toulouse, France

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to visit with our 5yo, English speaking and we were initially worried that she would bore easily as prehistory is still a very vague concept for her. In the opposite, she had great fun in the park, particularly enjoying the painting workshop where the kids get to do their own painting on a (fake) cave wall. She also... More 

Thank Gregori L
Toulouse, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Divided between indoor and outdoor sites, the PDLP tells you as much about prehistory as you can realistically retain in one visit. The indoor museum space is superb, completed by a very informative wireless audio guide. The park itself has interactive pursuits, hosted by staff, as well as reconstructions of prehistorical structures you can enter, climb over etc. The café/restaurant... More 

Thank MilesCF
Paris, France
1 review
Reviewed 1 October 2016

The Top-Gun for Prehistoric periode. Excellent for adults and children Very facninating Very Beautiful An very enjoted afternoon

Thank dhperrin
Perpignan, France
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

We visited this parc during a French Bank Holiday weekend in May. We arrived just before lunch and stayed for about 4 hours. Our children (11, 10 and 8 yrs), all enjoyed the day. Highlights for us were the cave paintings on the artificial wall (which gets washed off at lunchtime). They did this both before and after lunch and... More 

Thank Mandy J
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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

We visited at the end of June before the summer rush. The park is well done and kids will probably love it. The exhibition is not suitable for the visually handicapped.

Thank Jeffrey W
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

This place got our attention right from the entrance, where it rather put into perspective how old the things were that we were about to see. The indoor museum part is fascinating and cleverly done - although a little confusing in the very dark areas. It was a shame my headset for the self-guided tour wasn't working properly, but at... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 17 December 2015

in this Parc we learn so much about our ancestors. It makes you understand better about the Prehistoric life. People were smart. It's interesting to with kids but also as adults. Whenever you are in beautiful Ariège don't forget to spend a day in the parc.

1 Thank JenkeGoffa
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

We've been many times and it never fails as a great day out. The place was very quiet during October half term so no queuing for the spear-throwing! The guide was great, spoke good English and allowed our kids to have many attempts at throwing the spears. The museum is very well done and the kids' commentary is very good.... More 

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Crook, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 June 2015

This very much an educational experience, however they do make it fun and it is for all ages. There are many parts to this attraction which are interactive and the exhibits are of the highest quality. If you cannot get to Niaux the replica here is actually indistinguishable from the original.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 June 2015

This is an attraction well worth visiting. You won't fully understand the significant prehistory of the Ariege unless you see it. As a prelude to the outdoor activities on offer, there is a large, indoor, self-guided exhibition space devoted to local prehistoric topics. The excellent English language commentary, which is very intelligently conceived, automatically changes as you go round points... More 

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