OCT to MAR Sat, Sun Hol 14-18.
APR to MAY daily 14-18.
JUN to SEP Tue-Sun 10-12, 14-18.
Last admission 45 min befor closing.
Adults EUR 10, Children (5-18) EUR 5, Children (0-4) free.
Groups (+): Adults EUR , Children (3-18) EUR .
|Classification:||erosional cave Rock Mine|
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Guided tours:||L=800 m.|
|Address:||Grotte du Foulon, 35 rue des Fouleries, 28200 Chateaudun, Tel: +33-237-451960, Fax: +33-237-458002. E-mail:|
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|1723||used as a refuge during the great fire.|
The Grotte du Foulon is basically a natural cave formed by erosion. The cave was later enlarged by quarrying, when the rocks to build the foundations of the castle were quarried. The resulting cavern was used as a shelter during the great fire in 1723.
The cave is an extraordinary geotope. Being not a karst cave there are actually very few speleothems like stalactites and stalagmites. On the other hand the chalk, a soft form of limestone, contains the highest concentration of chalcedony and quartz geodes known in Europe. This is what is actually called flintstone. The cave has already been a quarry during the Palaeolithic, when people were digging for the valuable flintstones.
This is a cave with a view, the entrance room with 255 m² offers a great view on the castle and the Loire valley. The room with belvédère is rent for seminars, weddings and other events. It is also used as picnic area for school classes.