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Address: Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
Phone Number:
+33 5 65 33 64 56
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Amazing boat ride. Beautiful underground scenery. Worth the visit. We went off season so wasn't crowded. Our guide was very thorough.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing boat ride. Beautiful underground scenery. Worth the visit. We went off season so wasn't crowded. Our guide was very thorough.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We heard about these cave's whilst in Limoges, continuing our road trip around Europe we made this one of our stops along the way. Totally worth the journey through the countryside, amazing views. Arriving at the Cave's we were just in time for the tour! Managing to get our own English speaking guide to narrate the journey through the cave,... More 

1 Thank Chris S
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I've been to Mammoth, Carlsbad, and many other caves in the US. The Gouffre de Padirac holds its own quite well, thank you. Boating through the Gouffre is mystical, lights shimmering from beneath the water and glinting off the rock formations far overhead. When the water ends, the climb through further portions of the cave is equally spectacular. Half a... More 

3 Thank Ted_Seto
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

You first descend by lift and then you climb down further by stairs through a huge circular hole leading to great limestone caves. At the bottom you board boats for a subterranean journey down the underground river, where a series of lakes and caverns reflect spectacular formations We took our 7 and 9 year old. At times, they were a... More 

1 Thank Swiss_Zirks
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I almost did not go having been to another cave near Montignac in the Dordogne region. Luckily I was persuaded by a combination of a friend's enthusiasm and the very well put together leaflet that I got from the tourist information office. This experience was simply sensational. As one reads how the caves were discovered on the boards near to... More 

1 Thank Clive R
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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 

2 Thank Leapfrog C
Margate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

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 

2 Thank Timandra F
Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

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 

2 Thank mkharr1
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 

3 Thank JonBunston
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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