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Gouffre de Padirac

Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Nice event but long cue

In August it was rather busy, so tickets had to be bought 24hours in advance (on-site or online... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tom M
Antwerp, Belgium
via mobile
Really good

We tried to visit the cave a couple of days earlier but hadn't booked and were unable to get in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“boat ride” (85 reviews)
“cave system” (23 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
+33 5 65 33 64 56
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

In August it was rather busy, so tickets had to be bought 24hours in advance (on-site or online). Choose a ticket for the morning because cues can get very long at the embarkment of the underground boat trip. In total it took us a bit...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We tried to visit the cave a couple of days earlier but hadn't booked and were unable to get in. Better to book in advance! We booked this visit that day with the very friendly English speaking Yoshinni. We were able to go straight in...More

Thank pammiejean2016
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit, arguably the best cave we have visited to date, however hugely let down by the number of people they are trying to push through the doors. Even at 9.30am there is a 30min wait for the boat ride. When we left...More

Thank SusanEE40
Reviewed 4 days ago

I first visited Gouffre de Padirac as a child and this time I was delighted to be able to bring my own family. It was every bit as awe-inspiring and enjoyable as I remember. We chose to descend using the stairs (and there are many...More

Thank BathSomerset
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Loved this visit. Book on line and take an early slot before the boat wait gets too long! Our boat man was good fun and spoke great English. The walking guide had less english but tried hard and gave clear explanations. Its not a science...More

Thank richardnK7990KH
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You weren t allowed to take any pictures in the cave (even without flash) for safety reasons? But they think its funny to rock the boat, not knowing that one of us cant swim. That was terrifying. The guided part was too fast, didn t...More

Thank geoffreyv972
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been there as a teenager, 20 years ago precisely with my parents. I had great souvenirs and impressions from the place, and wanted to show it to my own family. As one of the guide said: they did not change the wallpaper since...More

Thank Julien D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked months in advance and arrived in good time - be there for the booked slot as it makes no difference to the entry as once in you are free to amble en route to the boat ride. I advise you head straight down...More

Thank LesAnglais19
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must-see if you are in the area. Fantastic experience with excellent guides who speak fluent English. Recommend lifts for descent/ascent if you don't like heights & comfortable shoes necessary because lots of steps & underground boat ride. Free shaded parking. Best to book ahead...More

Thank Rachel C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Be aware that this demands considerable stamina and some poor soul was stretchered out when we were there. That said it was magical and probably best done out of season . Take a jumper and rainproof if you are of a delicate nature

Thank saunderslizzie
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Natalie H
21 July 2017|
Response from thelocalbigdog |
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!
Jennifer S
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.