Grotte de la Norée


Useful Information

Location: Biard, vallée de la Boivre
Open: MAY to JUN Sat, Sun, Hol 14:30-18.
JUL to AUG Tue-Sun 10-12:30, 14-18:30.
SEP Sat, Sun, Hol 14:30-18.
During French schoool holdays daily.
Reservation recommended for individuals and required for groups.
[2011]
Fee: Adults EUR 5.50, Children (7-18) EUR 3.50, Children (0-6) free, Students EUR 3.50.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 4.50, Children (7-18) EUR 2.50, Students EUR 2.50.
[2011]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric.
Dimension: T=12°C
Guided tours: L=150m, D=60min.
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Address: Grottes de la Norée, 2 rue de l'Ermitage, 86580 Biard, Tel: +33-549-413030. E-mail: contact
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History

1934 cave protected.
1990 cave closed.
2004 cave renovated and reopened.

Description

The Grotte de la Norée is the only cave in the Vienne open to the public. It is a rather small cave with some nice speleothems, formed inside middle Jurassic limestone. Highlight is the maccaroni chamber, with numerous soda straws which are called maccaroni because they are hollow like the noodles. The cave is operated by the town government, which is supported by the Speleo Club Poitevin. It is located in the nature reserve vallée de la Boivre.