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Gouffre de Padirac

Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Well worth the 2 hour round trip to get there!

I bought my tickets online so didn't have too long a wait. The sheer scale of the caves was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
via mobile
A highlight of our recent trip to SW France

My wife was adamant that we visit this attraction and, as usual, she was right on the mark. We did... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“boat ride” (80 reviews)
“cave system” (23 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I bought my tickets online so didn't have too long a wait. The sheer scale of the caves was amazing!

Thank Lemoncake31
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife was adamant that we visit this attraction and, as usual, she was right on the mark. We did not buy tickets in advance (last week of June). Getting there was easy as it was very well-marked with lots of roadsigns for miles away....More

Thank UpupandawayMontreal
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Some beautiful sights, includes a short boat ride. You are not permitted to take photos past the boat ride where the most beautiful sights are. Some lovely underground water streams. Be warned quite a bit of walking up and down steps involved.

Thank DebbieRat
Reviewed 5 days ago

To be honest whilst the cave was quite interesting, it was to us a bit of a disappointment. The 'blurb' we saw and read lent this to be THE most fabulous cave ever. Unfortunately, you don't travel the length of a turquoise river underground, it...More

Thank Christine R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our family of 5 thought this cave was superb. Amazing experience enhanced by our excellent guides Chloe and Mary. We booked the day before for a 9:30 tour as we read the wait times could be long. There was some queuing but nothing to severe....More

1  Thank theLarMan
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited 3 caves while in the Dordogne region of France and this was my favorite (as well as my 10-year old's favorite). It was an unbelievable site we will never forget. It's hard to describe, but the cave's limestone formations were like nothing we...More

1  Thank jmcriek
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First glimpse of the huge sink hole is a stunning spectacle. We visited on a mid-week day and arrived at 11.30 without a pre-booked ticket. Easy to buy tickets from a machine and plenty of staff available to help and speak different languages. The whole...More

Thank YorkshireHill
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very well preserved area, the boat tour is great and more importantly we were welcomed and guided very professionally. Standing at the bottom of this gigantic hole and looking up is simply stunning. This tour reminds us how nature is much greater that what our...More

Thank smartelTA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would recommend that you book in advance or get there early. We arrived in the afternoon and there was timed entry and we had to wait a while...so be prepared for a wait; maybe take a book or a picnic! There is the choice...More

1  Thank Christine E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just spectacular in the scale and the way the features are illuminated and presented. Note there are TWO vertical elevators that are available for the mobility challenged. No one bothered to mention or direct us to the second elevator as we clambered down a hundred...More

1  Thank Sioseeker
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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!
Jennifer S
30 March 2017|
Response from Graham19 | Reviewed this property |
Jennifer, we didn't take a lunch inclusive ticket, though it's not a big site, and the staff are very helpful. I don't think you will have any difficulty redeeming your ticket.