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La Roque Saint-Christophe, Payzac-le-Moustier

Impressive troglodyte rock shelters in the Vereze Valley

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These impressive caves and cliff face are situated halfway between les Eyzies and Montignac-Lascaux.

The limestone wall has been eroded by the Vézère river to create natural rock shelters carved into the wall. These cavities were occupied by cave dwellers about 55,000 years ago and continued to be inhabited through the Middle Ages until the Renaissance period. Through each layer of the rock, you can learn about the fort and town through the ages.

Throughout the area you will find various reconstructions that show the dwellings as they would have been many, many years ago. Some with kitchen utensils and sleeping quarters, examples of the tools used during construction, and explanations about how people would've lived. 

Situated in a stunning setting, the site can be visited unguided for free.

When to come

January: 10:00 to 17:00
February to March and October to 11th November 10:00 to 18:00
12th November to the end of the Christmas holidays: 10:00 to 17:30 
April-May-June-September: 10:00 to 18:30 
July and August: 10:00 to 20:00 

How to book

Guided tours are available at certain times throughout the year and also upon request. Contact them using the enquiry button to find out more. There is no extra cost for a guided visit. 

Who should go

This is a good activity and exhibition for all ages. Great fun for children as well as educational and interesting for adults.


Visitor comments

  • "We visited with three children and found this a good half day out! Lots to see and felt like we were stepping back in time! Good value for money in an area where things are pretty pricey." - Trip Advisor
  • "Definitely a must-see destination whilst in the area. Excellent information boards (in English and French) explaining the different inhabitants of the rock throughout centuries. Good reconstructions of the equipment used in the middle ages to haul food, drink and other supplies onto the rock. Great views along the Vezere river." - Trip Advisor
  • "An impressive cave high in the rock - inhabited by humans as long as humans have been in Europe. It was really cool to see how it had been used through the ages, including the Middle Ages and Medieval times. Nice that it can be explored at your own pace. Good for adults and kids of all ages. Impressive sight." - Trip Advisor

Read our reporter review of a trip to La Roque Saint Christophe.


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  • Free parking
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  • Families & Kids
  • Children welcome
  • Accessibility
  • No wheelchair access
  • Pets welcome


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  • 24620

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