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Gouffre de Padirac

Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Very cool

Still a stunning visit after being here 30 years ago. We were awed by the simple beauty of this... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Steve P
Perfect Visit

We last came here 30 years ago. It was bliss coming in October when there was no queuing and you... 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.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cave system” (25 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank blue_or
Alexandra C, Responsable Communication & Marketing at Gouffre de Padirac, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience, magnificent caves. Fun way to view them by row boat. Guide - Francois - very friendly, English speaking Still lots of steps which are compulsive but is an option of a lift to cut out about half. Best caves in area

Thank kanderson1000
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must-see! I couldn't believe how large the entire cavern space was. Be aware if you have any mobility issues that you can take elevators to get to the start of the tour, but then there are about 100 steps more to the start. First...More

1  Thank francofile104
Reviewed 4 weeks 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
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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!