Grotte du Grand Roc

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Location: Laugerie-Basse, near Les Eyzies. At the road towards Périgueux.
Open: FEB to MAR daily 10-12:30, 14-17.
APR to JUN daily 10-12:30, 14-18.
JUL to AUG daily 09-19:00.
SEP to OCT daily 10-12:30, 14-18.
Fee: Adults EUR 9, Children (6-12) EUR 4.50, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 6.50, Children (11-16) EUR 5, Children (6-10) EUR 4.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=30min V=130,000/a [2000]
Bibliography: Jean Maury (1973): La Grottee du Grande Roc, a Laugerie-Basse - Les Eyzies, 31 pp, illus. E Leymarie, Périgueux.
Address: Grotte du Grand Roc, 24620 Les Eyzies. Tel: +33-553-069270, Fax: +33-553-351755
Semitour Périgord, 221 bis route d'Angouleme, BP 1024, 24001 Périgueux Cedex, Tel: +33-553-056565, Fax: +33-553-063094. E-mail: contact
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1863 .
1924 Grotte du Grand-Roc discovered by Jean Maury.
1927 cave opened to the public with candle light.
1934 electric light installed.
1993 light system renovated.


This Grotte du Grand-Roc (Cave of the Big Rock) is located at Laugerie Basse. While the Grand-Roc is of overwhelming size, this dripstone cave is pretty small. This might be a surprise or even a disappointment to some, but actually the cave is well worth the visit. It is a small cave with small speleothems of overwhelming beauty and rareness. There are unusual helictites, triangles, soda straws, rimstone pools, gours, and calcite crystals.

Laugerie Basse is the huge shelter, an overhanging cliff face, with cave houses at the foot of the cliff which are still inhabited. The site is of great archaeological importance. It was inhabited about 14,000 years ago during the Magdalenian.