Grotte des Carbonnières


Useful Information

Location: Between Souillac and Rocamadour, 5 minutes from Rocamadour. (Lat: 44.8305 - Long 1.566734)
Open: JUL to AUG daily 9-18:30, tours at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:15, 16, 16:45, 17:30, 18:15.
SEP to 04-NOV daily 10-18:30.
[2018]
Fee: Adults EUR 8.90, Children (5-13) EUR 4.50, Children (0-4) free, Student EUR 7.90.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 7.50, Children (5-15) EUR 3.50, Student EUR 6.50.
Combi ticket with the prehisto parc available.
[2018]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric LED, son et lumiere
Dimension: T=14°C, L=300m.,
Guided tours: D=45min, L=700m.
Photography:  
Accessibility: wheelchair accessible, no steps, only a few ramps
Bibliography:  
Address: Grotte des Carbonnières, Route de Rocamadour D247, 46200 Lacave, Tel: 0565-322828, E-mail:
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History

01-JUL-2018 opened to the public.

Description

The Grotte des Carbonnières is currently the newest show cave in France, opened to the public on 01-JUL-2018. It is located at the Prehisto Dino Park south of Lacave, in the area of the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy. The owner of the park, Jean-Max Touron was informed that there was a cave opening on his premises. It was a foxhole, which lead into the cave, but was extremely narrow. The first explorers widened this fox hole and entered the cave. They found a 300m long cave with six big chambers.

Jean-Max Touron, being a good entrepreneur saw the possibilities of the cave and developed it as a show cave. The trail was constructed to harm the cave as little as possible. The cave is equipped with modern light and has a colourful light show with classical music, which seems to be a mandatory feature of French show cves. But what makes the cave really special is the fact that it is wheelchair accessible. The trail has a few ramps but no steps and is always wide enough.

The cave itself is more or less average. We have only seen the pictures and the videos so far, but what they show are standard stalactites and stalagmite, a few small helictes, and quite small and enigmatic prehistoric charcoal paintings. Compare to the other, quite phantastic caves of the area, this seems a little strange and we are not sure why it was actually developed. Time will show if it will hold its ground agains nearby Padirac and Lacave caves.