The Petrifying Fountains of Saint-Nectaire

Saint-Nectaire

Description

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.

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.

  • Themes: craft, science and technology

Labels and guides

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

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.

  • Pets allowed without supplement

Payment methods

  • Check
  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash

Services / Equipment

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

Opening

From 12/09 to 02/10/2022
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6.30 pm.

From 03/10 to 16/10/2022
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 17/10 to 31/10/2022
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm.

From 01/11 to 13/11/2022
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2.30 pm and 5.30 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.

Spoken languages

Customer type

  • Children
  • Home school groups
  • Cycle 1: nursery school
  • Cycle 2: elementary School
  • Cycle 3: elementary school (CM1, CM2)
  • Cycle 3: college (6th)
  • Cycle 4: middle School
  • High school
  • Holiday Camps Home
  • Children from 3 to 5 years
  • Children from 6 to 12 years
  • Young people from 13 to 17 years old
  • Compulsory health pass
  • Groups
  • Higher Education
  • Maximum group size: 55
  • Minimum group size: 20

Adapted tourism

  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Absence of steps
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Site, building totally accessible
  • Hearing disability