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Rochemenier Cave Village (Rochemenier Village Troglodytique)
Rochemenier Cave Village (Rochemenier Village Troglodytique)

Rochemenier Cave Village (Rochemenier Village Troglodytique)

14 Rue du Musée, Saumur, Louresse-Rochemenier, 49700

The Basics

Whether you visit Rochemenier on a Loire Valley tour that also includes mining sites and quarries, such as Le Mystère des Faluns, or independently, the cave dwellings are a worthy stop. A provided map, available in multiple languages, helps you explore the dwellings and Cave Museum. Prebook tickets for ease or buy on-site.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Rochemenier Cave Village is a great choice for history buffs, families, and fans of the unusual.

  • There’s free Wi-Fi in the ticket office, snack kiosk, and shop.

  • Bring layers. Temperatures in the caves hover around 60°F (15°C) regardless of how sunny it is outside.

  • The Cave Museum is accessible with strollers, but travelers who rely on wheelchairs will need assistance.

  • If you choose to rent an interactive multimedia device (in French and English) you must provide a €250 deposit (credit or cash).

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How to Get There

Rochemenier Cave Village sits within the commune of Louresse-Rochemenier, about a 24-mile (39-kilometer) drive southeast of Anjou. Public transport is limited so most travelers self-drive. Anjoubus services 185 and 188 run between Angers train station and the village, but they are not frequent.

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When to Get There

The Cave Museum closes in December and January and on some public holidays. Between February and April and mid-September and November, it closes on Mondays; between May and mid-September, it opens seven days a week. In the peak season of July and August, it’s best to visit midweek.

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The Cave Museum (Musée Troglo)

The Cave Museum (Musée Troglo) comprises two reconstructed cave farms with 20 different rooms. Highlights include a 16th-century underground chapel, a room with fossils, a wine-pressing cellar, a stable, and an exhibition on troglodyte (cave-dwelling) people around the world. It's not alone; there are 250 cave structures in the village of Rochemenier.

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