Aven d’Orgnac – Grand Site de France

Breathtaking... This phrase sums up the Aven d'Orgnac experience. Nature and culture complement each other. The spectacular Grotto and the modern, fun-filled Cité de la Préhistoire invite you on a journey through geological time and human history.

Description

"A big site with multiple aspects.

Only a short distance away from the Gorges de l'Ardeche, explore the wonders of nature and travel through time, in the hearth of one of France's biggest sites with the label of the Ministry of the Environment since 2004.

Hidden in a forest of evergreen oaks, the cave unveils its mystery where as above ground the first Europeans left their footprint while passing through this area...

Come and contemplate, the cave will impress you thanks to its massive volumes and the beaty of its subterranean landscape where nice crystallisations and concretions twine together.

During your 1 hour visit, a passionate tour guide unveils the genius of Lady Nature who for over millions of years shaped this magical world. This tour will lead young and old into a universe where imagination has no limit: piles of plates, forests of giant palmtrees, drapes, ...
On this guided tour, 121 meters deep, a light&sound show highlightens the grandour of the environment, an emotional wave and everlasting souvenir before returning effortlessly with the elevator.

Face to face with our ancestors, the Museum of Prehistory awakens the prehistorical man in each of us!
Digital simulations, demonstrations (fire, flintstone, spear throwing) and other stands give you a new perspective on archeological excavations in the Ardèche and in the north of the Gard. A playful and modern visit.

For sportsmen and nature lovers, we offer a big choice of activities, from caving to a hiking tour in open air.

Playgrounds and picnic area, restaurant, souvenirs and local products will make your visit at the Grand Site of Aven d'Orgnac even more interesting.



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Spoken languages

  • Dutch
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Labels and ranking

  • Famille Plus
  • Vineyards and Discovery Accreditation
  • Séquence Nature Rhône-Alpes
  • Bad weather alternative
  • Qualité Tourisme™
  • "Accueil Vélo" : Cyclists Welcome label
  • Recommended by high heat
  • Health protocol

Booking / Reservation

Activities

  • Temporary exhibition
  • Son et Lumière
  • Shows
  • Activity
  • Recreational activities
  • Tourist cave / Other landscaped natural sites

Opening

From 01/02 to 15/11, daily.

From 21/12/2024 to 05/01/2025, daily.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.

Visit

Individual tour

  • Guided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request
  • Guided inividual tours obligatory
  • Average Duration of the individual tour: 60 minutes

Group tour

  • Guided group tours available permanently
  • Guided group tours on request
  • Guided group tours obligatory
  • Average duration of groups visit: 60 minutes
  • Min. group size: 20
  • Max. group size: 70

Rate

Adult: 16 €
Child (6-14 years): 11 €
Large family: 13 €
Student: 13 €.

Free entry for children < 6 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Payment options:

  • Check
  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash
  • Culture Pass
  • Travellers Cheque
  • Online payment
  • Credit transfer

Situation

Show itinerary

Amenities and Services

  • Coach access
  • Fast food
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Tourist brochures
  • Restaurant
  • Parking nearby
  • Coach parking
  • Covered picnic area
  • Car park
  • Charging stations for electric vehicles
  • Bar
  • Defibrillator
  • Sustainable development
  • Photovoltaic panel
  • Picnic area
  • Exhibition space
  • Themed path
  • Toilets

Accessibility

  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move