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Gouffre de Padirac

Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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So much fun!!

We went with our 2 young kids, it can get really crowded so try to avoid the weekend. We really... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
Awe inspiring underworld charm

There is no shortage of limestone caves and cave complexes to visit in this part of the world and... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
Braintree, United Kingdom
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The Gouffre de Padirac, the most famous cave in Europe, is considered as one of the most interesting geological sites in France. After a vertiginous descent, by lift or stairs, of 103 metres, you embark on a boat trip along the subterranean river with spectacular views on the galleries. That's when you discover the "Grande Pendeloque" - a gigantic stalactite of 60 metres high - hanging by a string, it appears to admire itself in the "Lac de la Pluie". You then walk towards the "Lac des Gours" or the "Salle du Grand Dôme" with its 94 metres high vault.
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  • Average8%
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“cave system” (27 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

We went with our 2 young kids, it can get really crowded so try to avoid the weekend. We really enjoyed visiting the caves which are around 103 metres deep. There are stairs and a lift for those who have difficulty walking down. Once you...More

Thank travellingbambinos
Reviewed 12 November 2017

There is no shortage of limestone caves and cave complexes to visit in this part of the world and our guests were keen for us to bring them here, although it was with some trepidation on my part as it was half-term week and I...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

If you are anywhere near this geological site, you MUST visit. It is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen. I cannot imagine what it was like for Martel to go down there with a candle and a ladder. It’s simply unbelievable. I...More

Thank TessFawley
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Still a stunning visit after being here 30 years ago. We were awed by the simple beauty of this expansive cavern. It's a well polished tour, and the guides were pleasant and friendly. Be prepared for the conditions, and the visit will be fun and...More

Thank Steve P
Reviewed 20 October 2017

We last came here 30 years ago. It was bliss coming in October when there was no queuing and you got the full experience of being almost on your own in the vast cave. There are a lot of steps and it's pretty damp but...More

Thank JandJHaslemere
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This is a nice place to visit for a few hours, but not recommended if you are considering traveling a long distance just to see it. You are allowed to take photos from above the lip of the hole down and inside the main cavern...More

Thank Q T
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Going down in order to go on a small bout for 20 minutes? What for? And if one does not feel well will he stay there forever? Well you might enjoy it. As for myself I would have rather stay on the groundMore

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Alexandra C, Responsable Communication & Marketing at Gouffre de Padirac, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Dear Sir, Dear Madam, We thank you for your time dedicated to share your experience after your recent visit. Nevertheless, we are saddened that you did not completely appreciate it. The Gouffre de Padirac is the most famous in Europe, due to its formation, its...More

Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

We are staying at nearby Beaulieu sur Dordogne and are touring the region. These caves were highlighted a number of times in publications on the region and we decided to have a look. For a very reasonable 12.5 euros you are treated to a 1.5...More

Thank George D
Reviewed 5 October 2017

A beautiful cave to see, with a river - however, I do not consider that prohibiting pictures and video is justified in the context. Persons with mobility issues should be aware that there are 150 stairs.

Thank Fabyenne L
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This I have to recommend to all with an adventurous vein in their bodies! It is a breathtakingly, beautiful experience to go into the mountain on the wide barges, on water! It is a truly serene feel to it all. Like Moria and LOTR but...More

Thank Linda T
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Charles J
29 August 2017|
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Response from Zoe S | Reviewed this property |
About 14 degrees and damp
Natalie H
21 July 2017|
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No you can show on your phone
Natalie H
20 July 2017|
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Response from Christine R | Reviewed this property |
Hi you can download it onto your phone. They are quite happy to check it as you arrive. Enjoy!