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Les Perrieres

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Address: 7 rue d Anjou, 49700, Doue-la-Fontaine, France
Phone Number: +33 2 41 59 71 29
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The Perrieres site is classified as a Site of Special Environmental...

The Perrieres site is classified as a Site of Special Environmental Interest, and is composed of troglodyte caves which are 15 to 20 meters high. The “falun”, the local rock made of pieces of shell deposited by the sea 10 million years ago, was later hollowed out by men in the 18th and 19th centuries. The caves were used for growing mushrooms and as troglodyte dwellings, and developed as a tourist site in the 1980s, offering very unusual accommodation; the Perrieres are now more splendid than ever, thanks to the enchanting sets created by the Lucie Lom agency : Le Mystere des Faluns.

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Excellent tour and great accessibility

This trip into the caves was preceded by a short presentation in French as you would expect, however the staff went out of their way to translate into English for us. You can... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 August 2016
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

This trip into the caves was preceded by a short presentation in French as you would expect, however the staff went out of their way to translate into English for us. You can visit unaccompanied which is great. One of our party was using a scooter and the path down was fully accessible, as was the caves below. Thank youthe,... More 

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Wellesbourne Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

An outstanding and immersive son et lumiere display of troglodyte life. So imaginatively put together it was a joy to visit. Please add it to your itinerary if you are in the area.

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Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

This a C19th quarry, which has been filled with a light and sound show trying to illustrate that the area was previously under the sea, and subsequently savannah. Tastefully/artfully done but not a must see. Suspect the EU may have spent the several million euros it cost better somewhere else.

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Thank AndyCrossley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

We visited the caves unsure of what to expect we were not dissapointed. The caves had been imaginatively filled. The lighting and sound effects were perfect. Although visiting in August is was fairly quiet so you were able to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Entrance fairly cheap too (ud pay a lot more for similar in England). Loved the jellyfish display.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

We thought this was a very imaginative way of using the space of a quarry. The skeleton of the whale was impressive. Going back 10 millions year to the bottom layer of the deposits was amazing. We particularly like the jelly fish display. Take a warm jumper. It gets chilly in the cave.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2014

Located in what looks like a disused quarry with the entrance located on the left. You literally walk into bottle shaped caves which have been dug out for the stone. The film show gives relevant description and history which is shown without words and is easily understood. There is music playing and can be a little eerie as you walk... More 

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Davis, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

This was a quarry, and the tour is self-guided, with informative descriptions in the various rooms, but the rooms are all pretty much the same. I found it interesting, but my travel partner thought it was just so-so. You have to read and imagine the contexts for the empty rooms that have been carved apart.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Friendly welcome to the site and a comprehensive introduction. You are left to explore the caves at your own pace and they truly are awe inspiring.

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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

Fairly interesting insight in cave dwelling. You are given a guide and underground map and left to get on with it in extensive underground workings, a little unnerving if you are the only visitors as we were at the time, although more people went in as we emerged.

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South Wales, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

These are interesting caves, which have been made when they dug out the stone to use for buildings and Chateau in the area. It is fascinating how they did this and if you like caves, but don't like all the ducking and dripping water, this is the place for you! It only takes about half hour to go around as... More 

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