Centre des Perrières

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Location: Doué la Fontaine
Open: 03-APR to 15-JUN Tue to Sun 14:30-18:30.
16-JUN to 16-SEP Tue to Sun 10:30-18:30.
18-SEP to 04-NOV Tue to Sun 14:30-18:30.
Guide tours at 11, 15, 17.
Fee: Self guided: Adults EUR 4, Children (3-18) EUR 2.50.
Guded: Adults EUR 5, Children (3-18) EUR 3.
Classification: SubterraneaRock Mine SubterraneaCave House
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Address: Centre des Perrières, 545 rue des Perrières, 49700 Doué la Fontaine, Tel: +33-241-597129, Fax: +33-241-590613. E-mail: contact
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1935 quarries closed.
1955 mushroom farm opened.
1970 mushroom farm closed.
1989 Centre des Perrières opened to the public.


Perrières is the local term for limestone quarries. Huge areas of the city Doué la Fontaine are hollowed out by the work of centuries. This museum of the quarries and their development is located inside an 18th to early 20th century quarry. It contains exhibitions, art expositions and educational facilities. There is a hostel with 50 beds and a reception area seating 70 guests which may be booked for weddings or other feasts.