The Petrifying Fountains of Saint-Nectaire

The Petrifying Fountains of Saint-Nectaire

The hot springs that gush out from the centre of the earth give birth to a craft that is unique in the world: the art of petrifaction. Spend a timeless moment in the cave, the galleries, the workshops and the Petrifying Fountain.

Opening

From 02/01 to 31/01/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm.
Closed on Monday.

From 01/02 to 11/02/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm.

From 12/02 to 10/03/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

From 11/03 to 31/03/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.

From 01/04 to 07/04/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

From 08/04 to 08/05/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6.30 pm.

From 09/05 to 30/06/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 7 pm.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 7 pm.

From 01/09 to 06/10/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6.30 pm.

From 07/10 to 20/10/2024
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6.30 pm.
Closed on Monday.

From 21/10 to 27/10/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6.30 pm.

From 28/10 to 03/11/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

From 04/11 to 11/11/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm.

From 21/12 to 31/12/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm.
Closed exceptionally on bank holidays.

Prices

From 02/01 to 30/06/2024
Adult: 8.50 €
Child : 5.50 €
Group adults: 7.50 €
Group children : 5 €.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2024
Adult: 9 €
Child : 6 €.

From 01/09 to 31/12/2024
Adult: 8.50 €
Child : 5.50 €
Group adults: 7.50 €
Group children : 5 €.

Free entry for children < 7 years, accompanying guides, the drivers.
Child entry valid for 7 - 15 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Means of payment

  • Check
  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash

Description

After an unusual underground getaway, the hot springs will take you to the workshops in which the secrets of a unique art craft have been preserved for 2 centuries.
The Pétrifying Fountain with its surprising 14-meter waterfall will reveal to you the ancestral know-how of the craftsman in the exploitation of calcite. At the end of the visit, the petrifies will no longer hold any secrets for you. You will then be able to appreciate the great diversity of the bas-reliefs and crystallizations created. Unmissable family discovery for young and old.

Visit conditions

  • Group visits Guided group tours on request, Guided group tours obligatory
  • Individual visits unguided individual tours available permanently

Comfort & services

  • Private parking
  • Car park
  • Free car park
  • Coach parking
  • Toilets
  • Pets welcome
  • Coach access
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Shop
  • Permanent entertainments organiser
  • Tourist brochures
  • Guided tours
  • Online shop

Labels

  • Craft
  • Science and technology

Adapted tourism

hearing disability, accessible for wheelchairs with assistance, wc + grab handle + adequate space to move, site, building totally accessible, incline >5% but reasonable

Other references

  • Michelin guide
  • Famille Plus
  • Le Routard guide
  • Bad weather alternative
  • Qualité Tourisme™
  • Recommended by high heat
  • Living Heritage Company Accreditation

Spoken languages

Activities on site

  • Permanent exhibition

Documentation

The Petrifying Fountains of Saint-Nectaire