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Visit the Le Grand-Pressigny Prehistory Museum

This modern and exciting museum is housed in a thousand-year-old castle and offers a magnificent view of the valley.

 

Discover prehistory only 30 kilometres from your spa hotel



A journey through time and history


The museum takes you from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age. Did you know that the south of Touraine was renowned for its flint production?

There are two types of collections to discover:
  • The archaeological collections with more than 450 objects including the famous Grand-Pressigny flint blades, pottery, etc.
  • The paleontological collections with a large number of fossils to be discovered in the cellars of the Château

Don't miss a visit to the museum courtyard where sculptures of prehistoric animals are scattered. The moat and gardens of the castle are very pleasant for a break in the fresh air or a picnic.

 

Demonstrations for young and old


In addition to the visit, the Museum of Prehistory regularly organises free 30 to 45 minute demonstrations to immerse you even more in prehistory (booking required)

Making fire as in prehistoric times: discover percussion and friction, two techniques for producing fire using different materials (flint, wood, marcasite).

Discovering the craftsmen of 5,000 years ago in southern Touraine: an extract of the many skills practised in the Neolithic period, in particular pottery, axe polishing, grinding, etc.

 

Practical information

  • 📍 Address: rue des Remparts, 37 350 Grand-Pressigny
  •  💵 Prices: 6€/adult, 5€ (7-18 years old, students), free for children under 7. Free visit of the park.
  • ⏰ Opening hours: the museum is open every day of the year (except 1 January and 25 December) every day except Tuesday, from 10am to 7pm maximum depending on the time of year.
 

Your 4-star hotel in the Loire Valley


A 30-minute drive from the Prehistoric Museum, the Best Western Plus de la Cité Royale is a charming hotel in Loches, in the south of Touraine. Nestled in the former Palais de Justice, it is a haven of peace in the heart of the city centre.

Among the 65 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, you can choose a room with a private balcony or a view of the Royal City.

Take advantage of your stay to take a break in the O'Spa relaxation space, in the old underground cellars. Hammam, heated swimming pool with hydromassage jets and body and face treatments are waiting for you.

For a gourmet dinner, book a table at the hotel's restaurant, La Cour des Saveurs, and enjoy the local and inventive cuisine of chef Christophe Vasseur, Maître Restaurateur.
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