Prise de mesures pour l’étude archéo-magnétique de la grotte de Bruniquel, Tarn-et-Garonne. Cette grotte comporte des structures aménagées datées d’environ 176 500 ans. L’équipe scientifique a développé un nouveau concept, celui de Grotte de Bruniquel - Archéologue au travail
©Grotte de Bruniquel - Archéologue au travail|Etienne Fabre - SSAC

The Bruniquel cave - The Néandertal mystery

Journey to Prehistory

An exceptional scientific discovery.

The oldest human construction was discovered in Bruniquel, build 176 500 years ago. It consists of two circles formed by nearly 400 pieces of stalagmites carefully cut, calibrated and erected over 368 ft.
This place could be a place of worship build by the Neanderthal’s people. This discovery shatters our current knowledge of prehistory.

This site can’t be visited but a lot of activities, for young and old alike, around the prehistory are proposed in
Bruniquel. You can learn how to cut a flint, do archaeological study in encampment Palaeolithic reconstitute surrounded by nature. In the castles of Bruniquel a room is dedicated to the discovery of Bruniquel, with an exhibition of fossils and other vestiges discovered in the area.

If you want to go further :

Practical information

When to visit the castles?

  • March : every day from 10am to 5pm
    April to June: every day from 10am to 6pm
  • July and August: every day from 10am to 7pm
  • September and October: every day from 10am to 6pm
  • November: until November 13, every day from 10am to 5pm

Prices for visits :

  • Guided tour for adults: €4.50
  • Audio guided tour: € 4.00
  • Unguided tour for adults: €3.50
  • Guided tour for children (under 16) and *groups: € 3.00
  • Guided tour *children’s group (children under 16): € 2.50
  • Unguided tour for children (under 16) and *groups: € 2.50
  • Free for children under 5 years old
  • * Groups: from 15 people