Prehistoric park in Tarascon sur Ariège (Pyrenees, France)

Prehistoric park in Tarascon sur Ariège (Pyrenees, France). 

The second most visited tourist site in the Ariège department with around 60,000 visitors each year

Natural Environment:

The Park is located in the limestone hills in the Tarascon River Basin.

Regional Archaeological Context:

The Park is in the Tarascon river basin, in the same area as a series of caves that were decorated and occupied during the Magdalenian period.

Archaeological evidence at the site:

The Park has one part devoted to prehistoric art, from different points of view. The visit is with audio guides, and allows the paintings in Niaux Cave to be viewed in their original state, using ultraviolet light. Parts that are not open to the public can also be seen, including paintings, engravings on the floor and footprints. Films are shown about the techniques of Archaeology, rock art in the world, and Palaeolithic portable art. There is also a model of Niaux Cave.

Short Description:

Reproductions of Magdalenian portable art are on display, particularly objects from the Caves of La Vache, Bédeilhac, Mas d’Azil and d’Enlène.


Middle Magdalenian to Late Magdalenian.


1. The exhibition of the Giants of The Ice Age,

2. The Prehisto’loft or the Prehisto’night,

3. The cave of the bison,

4. The reconstruction of the lighting of the museum space. No less than 410 LEDs have been installed.

Opening Time:

Open from April 1 to November 1.
In spring and autumn, from 10.00 to 18.00.
In summer, from 10.00 to 20.00.

Duration of guided visits:

at least 3 hours.
Booking and access:

Advance booking is only necessary for groups.

Prices and tariffs:

Adults: 9.40 €.
Children: 5.70 €.
Group rates on application.

Visitors’ Centre:

The Park has a large educational workshop, as well as an big open-air park with all kinds of activities for all kinds of visitors.

Activities and Workshops:

Workshops on cave art, hunting in the Palaeolithic, flint-knapping, fire, archaeological excavations and finger marks.

Adress: Banat 09400. Tarascon sur Ariège
Telephone: + 33 05 61 05 10 10
Fax: + 33 05 61 05 19 19
E-mail: [email protected]

State/Region: France
Province: Midi Pyrénées
Municipality: Ariège
Town: Tarascon sur Ariège
Location: Haute Ariège

How to get to?

From Andorra: N22, N20, D23

From Toulouse: A61, A66, N20, D23

From Perpignan: D117, N20, D23

From Barcelona: C58, C16, N260, N152, N20, D23

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