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Gouffre de Padirac

Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Enjoyable caves

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Kids (7&3) enjoyed the audio tour too, something of a relief or we’d... read more

Reviewed yesterday
J_Leics
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Leicestershire, UK
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Justified popularity.

We booked online and printed our tickets which helped reduce the amount of queuing required but... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
KTncl
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Newcastle upon Tyne, 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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  • Terrible1%
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“boat trip” (57 reviews)
“cave system” (27 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
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+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Kids (7&3) enjoyed the audio tour too, something of a relief or we’d all have been none the wiser! The downsides were that the caves were extremely busy. Worryingly there was nobody to give additional information or help protect the caves...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We booked online and printed our tickets which helped reduce the amount of queuing required but being August there was still a lot of hanging around as the caves are incredibly popular. I must admit that at this point I became a little sceptical. However,...More

Thank KTncl
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a fantastic, beautiful, awe inspiring and fun day. You get an electronic audio guide that activates as you enter relevant points in the cave. Great idea that works perfectly. Plenty of parking in the area. Self service tills available at entrance to avoid the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was truly suprised when I entered this cave experience. i have traveled through many caves before, but never saw anything as beautiful as the Padiracs! The staff were helpful and spoke in English and in French. The tours are self guided with head sets...More

Thank Mark B
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fantastic and good value. €40 for family of four. Very, very busy and typical European queuing system ( ie every man for himself. ). We booked for 6pm then entered the massive queue midpoint as everyone else seemed to do and got straight in. Headsets...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here with family two children aged 7 and 10. Book in advance as queues are large. Wear sturdy footwear and expect a element of walking up and down. The boat ride was great and the whole experience was well worth the 150 mile round...More

Thank Cornishboy72
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here twice before but this time we had the whole family as part of a big celebration. Fun time was had by all from 9 year olds to those 70+. The very large number of steps and the slippery nature may cause problems for...More

Thank Paul C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked online following advice from friends. We had a 75 minute drive to get there for 9:15am and the queues were already long when we arrived. Suggest you try and either print your pass out before hand or get your e-ticket ready on your...More

Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Be sure to reserve online several days earlier. Nice caves to spend two hours. I especially liked the big whole through which you can see the sky while you walk down the stairs. We brought trousers but it was not that cold in the cave....More

Thank Suzette S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Breathtaking views of underground caves. Main chasm is the most amazing. Worth taking additional hoodie - temperature underground is constant and equals approx. 14 Celsius degrees. Terrible lines, waiting time in total ~ 2 hours

Thank Piotr P
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gracelily47
16 July 2018|
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Response from Joe T | Reviewed this property |
There is free parking right next to the caves.
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WoodyCalifornia
15 July 2018|
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Response from Lumi2414 |
WoodyCalifornia, When you go to the Reservation webpage of the Gouffre de Padirac website, click on the tab “Reservez vos places” just below the first paragraph “Visite du Gouffre de Padirac” and you’ll be able to select... More
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gracelily47
25 May 2018|
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Response from ChrisABeaune | Reviewed this property |
There is a lot of up and down, even with the elevators. I would not advise someone with knee or balance problems to do this one.
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