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

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.

  • Pets allowed without supplement

Payment methods

  • Check
  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash

Activities

  • Permanent exhibition

Services / Equipment

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

Opening

From 11/03 to 31/03/2024
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 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.

Spoken languages

Customer type

  • Home school groups
  • Children from 3 to 5 years
  • Holiday Camps Home
  • Children from 6 to 12 years
  • Young people from 13 to 17 years old
  • Cycle 3: college (6th)
  • Cycle 3: elementary school (CM1, CM2)
  • Children
  • Cycle 1: nursery school
  • Cycle 2: elementary School
  • Cycle 4: middle School
  • High school
  • Teenagers
  • Groups
  • Higher Education
  • Maximum group size:100
  • Minimum group size:20

Adapted tourism

  • Hearing disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Site, building totally accessible
  • Incline >5% but reasonable