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My geology graduate husband was delighted with this place. You get an underground boat ride and... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2019

It is hard to believe that there is this expansive and beautiful river system under the earth. The... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2018
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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Reviewed 5 February 2019

My geology graduate husband was delighted with this place. You get an underground boat ride and some of the most spectacular formations you could see. The story of the place is interesting as well, and if you don't use the lift, you get a jolly...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 14 December 2018

It is hard to believe that there is this expansive and beautiful river system under the earth. The story of its discovery and exploration is fascinating. The audio guide is helpful. The cave is cool (wear a light jacket) and some of the stairs are...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 10 November 2018

Once again France has astounded me with its wild beauty. This underground cave system is absolutely fantastic and unlike anything I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. You descend into the cave by stairs or lift and then walk through a spectacular cave system,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

Exciting experience for all the family. We bought tickets online so did not have to wait long. We had a combined ticked that included lunch and it was good value for money.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dorit Z
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Great visit that can be done at your own rythm, with a very good audioguide available in different languages (auto activated while going on). Very nice and friendly guides. Interesting and exciting for all visitors (young and not that young :-) ones). Pictures allowed without...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

Essentially this is a cave partially filled with water. There’s a relatively steep hike with stairs and several elevators. I brought my mom who has limited mobility so we had fewer stairs but it was a bit of a challenge for her. At the bottom...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

A hundred years old tourist site, the largest cave in Europe, almost 100 meters deep. It has a consistent temperature of around 15c inside the cave all year round so be sure to bring with you some warmers. We have 2 toddlers with us and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

The enormous chasm at Padirac is about 99 metres around the rim, and you descend 75 metres to enter the cave system. We did the stairs both down and back up, but there are lifts available. After the initial descent, you get in a boat...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank N6335LEcarolh
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

This is one of the best tourist caves I’ve been to. Descending the sinkhole is spectacular but I loved the riverboat trip and soaring ceilings the most. We’ll work going out of you way to visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 12 October 2018

Totally ignore the poor reviews submitted below. This is an absolutely must do visit. A totally spectacular experience and you have to be utterly deranged not to appreciate this extraordinary natural feature. Superb, incredible, I run out of superlatives. Geoff

Date of experience: October 2018
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20 September 2018|
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Response from Ruth J | Reviewed this property |
It was a rainy day when we went. Rain shouldn’t hurt your time there. The boat ride is underground in the cave so you should not be affected by the outside weather. Checking with Padirac is not a bad idea. Take a jacket... More
5 September 2018|
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Response from Joe T | Reviewed this property |
I do not know if they allow dogs on the tour bit, I would not recommend it. You will be carrying your pet up and down somenof the stairs and you do not want distraction since the stairs are often wet and slippery.
16 July 2018|
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Response from Joe T | Reviewed this property |
There is free parking right next to the caves.