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Gouffre de Padirac

Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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One of the most amazing natural monuments

Just spectacular in the scale and the way the features are illuminated and presented. Note there... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sydney Australia
Gouffre de Padirac

I have lived in the area for 8 years and passed through Padirac many times en route for Rocamadour... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Richard F
Gagnac-sur-Cere, France
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank Sioseeker
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have lived in the area for 8 years and passed through Padirac many times en route for Rocamadour but had never visited the caves until last week! it was a wonderful experience! Quite breathtaking! The guides were excellent and gave the tour in French...More

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the Gouffre with my wife, my parents and 2 young sons (aged 3 & 9 months). Didn't really know what to expect but it really did blow us away. For the price of €12.50 per adult (kids free although they pay over age 4)...More

Thank RugbyManAlex
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just showed up (it is possible to pre-book on the website, but May isn’t very busy) on an afternoon while driving to Rocamadour. We paid €12.5 each for my wife and I, and joined the immediate next tour. It looks like a giant sink...More

Thank Anuj_Mithani
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We first visited Padirac when our children were teenagers and found it a memorable experience. Now, 25 years or so later, we returned with our grandchildren. It was a very wet day and above ground activities failed to appeal, so visiting a cave seemed a...More

Thank daktari_on_safari
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You'll feel like Alice in Wonderland as you go hundreds of feet down this rabbit hole, and what awaits you defies explanation. One of the most unforgettable moments in my life will be the discovery of this natural wonder and adding it to the list...More

Thank MikeyinParis2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited this attraction with our 6-year-old son. Padirac is not far from Rocamadour and there are plenty of good places nearby at which to eat. We did not try any of the restaurants on site, but there seemed to be various...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you don't have this place on your list, it should be. It was amazing! So cool to take a boat ride so far below the surface! Felt a bit like Disney and a Pirates of the Caribbean ride for part of it though, with...More

Thank sawright63
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having found the chasm by chance on-line, I knew I wanted to visit. Fortunately a cold but bright day in April allowed us to do just that. And what a place to visit. Having been in several accessible caves around the world this is right...More

Thank Mike J
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Amazing place to visit.We were given the VIP treatment as we were the only English speaking visitors we were given a boat to ourselves with English speaking guide Luis who was very informative and funny.When the boat part of the trip was complete he took...More

Thank PatKJ
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Jennifer S
I purchased a ticket that includes lunch. Where do I go to redeem it? One of the restaurants onsite? How does it work?
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.
Apov W
Which website I can book this on?
10 February 2017|
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Response from Alexandra C | Property representative |
Dear all, Online ticketing service link is gouffre - de - padirac . com and should be available at the early march. As the Gouffre de Padirac is closed during winter, this service is not operational for the moment. Visits... More
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How do I book tickets online? We want to visit tomorrow June 22,2016 and do not have time to wait in queues.
21 June 2016|
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Response from Paul H | Reviewed this property |
Website will work but check their refund policy in case the suddenly close because of bad weather.