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 17/10 to 01/11/2022
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6.30 pm.

From 17/12/2022 to 01/01/2023
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm.
Closed exceptionally on bank holidays.

From 02/01 to 05/02/2023
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 06/02 to 05/03/2023
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm.

From 06/03 to 09/04/2023
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 10/04 to 02/07/2023
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm.

Prices

From 02/01 to 31/12/2022
Adult: 6.80 €
Child : 3.90 €
Group adults: 6 €
Group children : 3.50 €.

From 01/01 to 31/12/2023
Adult: 8 €
Child : 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

  • Bank/credit card
  • Check
  • 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

  • Toilets
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Private parking
  • 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, absence of steps, wc + grab handle + adequate space to move, site, building totally accessible

Other references

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

Spoken languages

Documentation

The Petrifying Fountains of Saint-Nectaire