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Gouffre de Padirac

Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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A stunning unique experience

The tour of the caves and underground river is a fascinating, educational, awe-inspiring and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
David E
Goolwa, Australia
Good cave system, in part by boat

Really interesting cave system. Pre-book tickets to a particular time slot - not these time slots... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ian J
Horsham, England, 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The tour of the caves and underground river is a fascinating, educational, awe-inspiring and reasonably priced must-see in the Dordogne area of France

Thank David E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting cave system. Pre-book tickets to a particular time slot - not these time slots are just for controlling entry as lifts stairs down are limited (from which you walk to point to get boat. Note that the queueing is relaxed . . ....More

Thank Ian J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked on-line in advance for their first slot of the day, as we heard it could get busy. It was, but we soon understood why. Our group was a mix of English & French speakers, however both guides spoke excellent English and (unlike some...More

Thank EssexTraveloads
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding natural wonder, huge cave complex which you walk and boat ride in. Not at all tacky touristy, well organised but make sure you book in advance, we didn't and had to go back, glad we did. Well organised and didn't freel rushed through. A...More

Thank BasingstokeAndy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do not miss a tour in the Gouffre de Padirac!! It's an out-of-this-world experience! The combination of rock formations, water and artificial light, plus the feeling that you're so many feet under the surface, can blow you away!! It pays to book or buy tickets...More

Thank Lillian O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited 3 caves during our time in the dordogne area but this cave was by far the best. The guided spoke in French and English. You must book before hand during the summer holidays as they are extremely busy. They are fully booked every day....More

Thank owen_anna
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful experience of investigating a section of the cave system in the Dordogne; quite a walk but very worthwhile. We booked in advance and avoided long queues in the heat. Stunning scenery inside, impressive from above, absolutely awestruck as we entered the caves. Guides...More

Thank bilk072
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First and foremost - book online in advance. When we did this, there were still only a few slots available within the next couple of days - either 8am or after 6pm. And on-site, there was a small delay as we queued to get in....More

1  Thank Colin G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our visit here. Great experience. It's larger than any other I have visited. Well worth going. Book in advance.

Thank Sunglassesdog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Can't play it down...genuinely one of the most amazing places I have ever been. Incredible value for money (just under €70 for a family of 8.) The boatride is Literally incredible. If you are in the area for a few days then make this the...More

Thank Antony W
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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
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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!