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Gouffre de Padirac

Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Spectacular Underground Journey

Descend 103m underground by stairs or lift, descend further on foot, take a boat ride, and then... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ian M
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
Impressive

It is a short (1.5 h) visit to the depth of the earth. Very touristic but really well done, with... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
liora5352
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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
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Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Descend 103m underground by stairs or lift, descend further on foot, take a boat ride, and then walk through a huge spectacularly decorated underground chamber, to finally return by boat etc. The whole trip takes around 90 minutes, with headset commentary available in English -...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a short (1.5 h) visit to the depth of the earth. Very touristic but really well done, with elevators for those of us who find endless stairs difficult and a short boat ride commentated by cheerful guides commenting and explaining about this natural...More

Thank liora5352
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

Visually striking geology seen during a boat ride. For people who don't want to take stairs down or up there are elevators.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We visited late March and had no waiting. Everyone was extremely friendly and patient with us (large famikh group with kids ages 0 to 11...). We chose the elevators over stairs whenever possible but still the visit includes walking and climbing sone 100 stairs so...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

A small group of us visited these caves in late March and I was absolutely blown away. The natural structures within were breath-taking and having visited Cheddar Gorge in the past, these caves are far more impressive. In addition, we enjoyed our little boat ride...More

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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

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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

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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
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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

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Response from Dora B | Reviewed this property |
You can take elevators most of the way in bith directions. However, there is still quite a walk from the elevators and throughout the cave, including at least 100 stairs... (guesstimating here). It's not easy... The 2y/o... More
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Gareth R
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Response from DJS54 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you will have to check out the school holidays. We went in mid October, got there around 1130, there were no queues, bought our tickets and went straight in and walked down. Probably spent about 90 minutes there in total.
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