The Grotte de Spy

  • Grotte de Spy
  • Grottoes and caves
  • Museum & discovery

Follow the steps of your Neandertal ancestors in the Grotte de Spy, near Namur.

The Grotte de Spy overlooks the valley of the Orneau River, a tributary of the Sambre. It is in this stunning green setting that clues about the life of our ancestors were found.

The site is one of the most important Palaeolithic ones in Europe. In 1886, an exceptional amount of bones was discovered, leading to a major milestone in the history of science: a study led the international community to accept that humans different to modern man had once existed: the Neanderthal man had been uncovered.

Practical information

Free access to the cave all year round. During hunting season, do call the Département de la Nature et des Forêts beforehand to check what's happening nearby. Tel: +32 (0)81/71 54 01.

Free guided visits of the cave are organised the Friends of the Man of Spy every Sunday of the month at 2.30 pm between March and July.

From the village of Spy, follow the signs Grotte de Spy

To know more about the Grotte de Spy

Visit the Espace de l'Homme de Spy (an information centre dedicated to the Man of Spy) nearby.



FR - EN - NL
The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.