Grottes de Abbaye de Brantome

Grottes de Abbaye de Brantome

Grottes de Abbaye de Brantome
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10:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
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14:00 - 17:00
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Tickets vending machine on the spot (Bank card only) or ticketing at the Tourist Office. Self-guided tour (7€) with 34 explanatories signs. From February to December: guided-tours in French (8,50€) of the church, the chapter house, the cloister and the Bell-tower (written translation in english). Ticketing and information at the Tourist Office. Troglodytic site of the Abbey of Brantome: a circuit bearing witness of the traces of occupation of the Benedictine monks from the 8th century. Dwellings, dovecotes, fountain St. Sicarius (Saint-Sicaire), sculpted cave known as the “cave of the Last Judgment” in which two bas-reliefs are to be found (one of them being very enigmatic)
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Stewarts Vacation
780 contributions
May 2022
The Benedictine Monks originally lived in the troglodyte dwellings (cliff caves). In one of the caves is the remarkable Last Judgement, carved into the rock. We did the self guided tour. The display signs were informative and gave detailed explanations of the various features. The 11th century bell tower built on a rocky outcrop, is the oldest in France.
There is no entry fee to visit the church founded by Charlemagne in 769. But you need to purchase a ticket to enter the caves area. It is definitely worth the visit to steep yourself in the history of these ancient dwellings.
Written 21 September 2022
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emptyhead
Ireland272 contributions
Jun 2022
We got self guided tour with good English explanations of the various points of the tour. A very historic grotto and very easy to see the works and changes that took place over the centuries. Amazing to see how the desired changes were hewn out of the rock and also the sculptures in the rock.
Written 20 June 2022
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Turner S
Paris, France1,349 contributions
Apr 2022
This historical site was much better than expected. The signs are in French and English. It has a good path taking you through key features. Amazing to think of how long people used these caves for shelter and the human ingenuity that enabled it. The self guided tour ends with a small museum for works of Fernand Desmoulin. He claimed to paint under the influence of three different spirits. It was creepy, especially the disembodied voice played through unseen speakers.
Written 24 April 2022
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mitch w
Bordeaux, France795 contributions
Aug 2021
We really enjoyed this short walk thru history. The Grottes were developed by Benedictine Monks in the 8th C. Using the natural limestone caves and opening, this became the foundation for the beginning of the Abbey. Very informative.
Written 23 August 2021
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Jill E
Oldham, UK334 contributions
Jul 2019
Impressive Abbaye de Brantome is the place where you pay to access the caves that are at the back of the building. There are signs inside explains the history of the caves.
Written 29 September 2019
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Yanick B
6 contributions
Aug 2019
Very interesting ! The abbaye is medieval, but was built near ancient grottes. Very unique. The city is really nice too, and situated on an island ! Great bridge
Written 5 September 2019
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Choirman09
Wales370 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Firstly my wife has mobility issues and uses a rollator (pushed device with seat) to get around. The advice we were given was excellent, even though I speak French as well as the attendant speaks English. He told me that the self guide takes about an hour and the surfaces of the walkways would be alright. It was a little bumpy at times but overall was fine.
As others have said the tour is well laid out with very good information. The large cave area with the sculpted Last Judgement is really impressive.
Good disabled toilet available at the end of the tour if required. The timing of the event was about right, we took longer because my wife stopped to sit on her rollator and rest where necessary. There are no seats if you have real issues and need to sit to rest.
Written 13 July 2019
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Philby_UK
Bristol, UK102 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Just needed to kill an hour on a hot day and were rewarded with a well organised and informed self guided tour (each stopping place has an information board In French & English telling you the history and what your looking at). Well worth a visit.
Written 23 June 2019
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Sheff6061
Malton, UK121 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Have visited Brantome on several occasions but our first visit to the Grottes. Bought tickets at the tourist info across the bridge. Finding the entrance took a little time. Fortunately we got the gist of it's location and eventually found it.
We were given a laminated sheet, I think in English, which showed the site and suggested the route. There are 34 signs along the way giving info in English and French about the history and use of the site. Took a good hour to get round including a visit to the small museum at the end. Worth a recommendation.
Written 14 June 2019
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Tricky Duck
Rotherham, UK640 contributions
Jun 2019
At €13 for two tickets it was priced well and I am sure on a busy day will draw a crowd. We were alone on our wandering after being given a helpful brief on entry.
The 36 points of note provided information in French and English all marked on a small map. It was impressive but the timeline of information lacked content often repeating some of the earlier information.
The toilets were immaculate providing excellent services for those less able.
The small “museum” was an art collection of a benefactor from the mid 18th century again interesting but not significant.
Written 5 June 2019
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