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Address: Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
Phone Number: 33565336456
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Gouffre de Padirac, the most famous cave in Europe, is considered as...

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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A friend recommended this attraction, saying it was well worth our detour from Dordogne. She was spot on. Gouffre de Padirac is a very impressive cave system, unlike any other I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend recommended this attraction, saying it was well worth our detour from Dordogne. She was spot on. Gouffre de Padirac is a very impressive cave system, unlike any other I have visited. No wall paintings here, just beautiful, colourful rocks, ponds and a river traversed only by boat. What you do require is reasonable mobility, there is a lifting... More 

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Margate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A huge system of caverns, stalactites, stalagmites, river and pools. On descending the sink hole, the temperature drops but the anticipation rises. After entering, you have to descend a large metal staircase, which is a little daunting especially for older people and/or small children. there is, however, a lift, but there is a considerable amount of steps to descend after... More 

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Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went with three generations of the family, taking both the kids and Mamie/Papi. Everyone loved it! The presentation was fascinating, but what I especially loved were the 3 different steps of the visit giving 3 different looks at the beauty of the earth in fun ways. The elevators down (or stairs) could perhaps be modernized, but they gave a... More 

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Even if you have been to many caves, this one is well worth the visit. The large opening, the trip by boat and then the guided tour around the caves make it a good day out. Take the 400 stairs down to get a sense of what original visitors 100 years ago had to do, then take the 3 lifts... More 

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The Gouffre de Padirac really does inspire awe - the scale of what water can do to seemingly solid rock. For the full experience walk down the steps rather than take the lift, if you can. You descend about 250 feet to the entrance to the cave system, while it's main room is about 330 feet deep - which is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

If you go to only one cave and want to look at the geology of it, rather than the artwork, go to this one. The scale is jaw dropping. The entrance to the cave is a 30 metre diameter hole in the ground which drops over 100 meters. You can choose the steps or the lift, personally I'd go for... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

It's the scale and variety that stands out - descend into a huge hole, walk and then board a boat, punted along by your guide, then explore the huge cavern at the end, it's size is just awesome with stalagmites of 60 & 75 metres while on the floor the underground river runs by around it's natural dams (gours). There... More 

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Nottingham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Been on a few cave tours but this one could never be beaten. Absolutely stunning and awesome. The scale is amazing - descend a massive hole about 50m deep 25m diameter and you are only half way down. Then along nearly a mile of tunnels walking and in guided boats to an enormous cavern you could fit a multistorey office... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Recommended by friends,, we visited here and were not disappointed. The tour is done very well with lifts to help the 100m + drop. Walking is also required but you can avoid this if you have a problem. Its a very interesting but we could have done with bit more english commentary by one of the guides. He told us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Fantastic place to visit, remarkable that Mr. Martel found it in 1889, and were able to make it accessible to tourists in 1898!

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