We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Grottes d'Arcy-sur-Cure

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Rn 6, 89270 Arcy-sur-Cure, France
Phone Number:
+33 3 86 81 90 63
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 166 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 16
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Fascinating!

As caves go, I have seen more beautiful examples. But, this cave has some of the earliest examples of art known at present. That alone makes the visit worthwhile. Drawings have... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2016
Don C
,
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Add Photo Write a Review

166 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 35: English reviews
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
71 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

As caves go, I have seen more beautiful examples. But, this cave has some of the earliest examples of art known at present. That alone makes the visit worthwhile. Drawings have been found and carbon-dated to around 28,000 years old. That makes them the second oldest examples of human art yet discovered. It was a moving experience to see something... More 

Helpful?
Thank Don C
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We visited these caves whilst staying in the lovely little village of Arcy-sur-Cure. The caves were excellent and well worth the small cost and time. The cave paintings were excellent and the guide extremely friendly and enthusiastic. The only down side was that the guide only spoke French and so we had to make use of the leaflet provided (with... More 

Helpful?
Thank Paul H
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
217 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

We visited this place after a recommendation and the caves are very pretty although as I don't speak very good French, it was impossible to understand the tour guide. As a result, the only information we gained was from the pamphlet, which was informative, but not quite the same. I've been to similar caves in South Africa and although this... More 

Helpful?
Thank MarcusT007
Rye, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015

Wonderfull experience - like walking througha forgotten world. Loads to see and very French. Great posters too. Well worth going.

Helpful?
1 Thank d b
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
Reviewed 7 November 2015

We visited the site at the end of September 2015 and were full of anticipation. The woman at the kiosk, who spoke English, was very knowledgeable and informative. Our tour consisted of four persons, all understood English, but not French. The older male guide spoke only in French and appeared totally uninterested and patronizing, simply going through the motions with... More 

Helpful?
Thank Neil B
Auxerre, France
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Tucked away in deepest Burgundy just off the main road from Auxerre to Avallon and very close to the sleepy village of Arcy sur Cure are the Grottes d'Arcy sur Cure. Actually I live in Arcy and like anything close by it took me a long time to get to visit them. When one thinks 'underground' one tends to reserve... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Krishna L
Sydney
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2015

We were very lucky to be the only family to be on the site when the mid-morning tour (11:30am) started and effectively got our own private viewing. Usually the tours are conducted in French, but as we were the only ones there, our wonderful guide said that she would give us the tour in English which was very appreciated. The... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank Spak A
Workington, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2015

The site itself is stunning but we felt that the guiding was very poor. There were too many people in the group so we couldn't see properly; the guide spoke very strangely accented French and we couldn't hear him properly because of the acoustics of the caves; he took the group round at a pace which felt rushed given the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Richard P
Mechelen, Belgium
Level Contributor
34 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2015

Underestimated! Very interesting caves with drawings. Good explanation. Very important for our history and science.

Helpful?
Thank Hilde D
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2015

There are quite a few caves here with ancient drawings, if your a walker here is some of the most beautiful scenery, walk between the little villages along the river, it's not too far and relatively flat. July was quite hot and August will be even hotter with most of France going on holidays, so pick spring and autumn for... More 

Helpful?
Thank Robert W

Travellers who viewed Grottes d'Arcy-sur-Cure also viewed

 

Been to Grottes d'Arcy-sur-Cure? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Grottes d'Arcy-sur-Cure and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Grottes d'Arcy-sur-Cure staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?