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Rouffignac Cave

Rouffignac Saint-Cernin, 24580, France
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Ranked #4 of 133 Attractions in Dordogne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This cave is worth a visit. We arrived at 9:15 and got a ticket for the 4 of us straight away and joined the first trip of the day with 5 min to spare. It is a great train ride into the cave, the cave bear scratch marks first and the amazing shape of the cave walls and roof. The... More

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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Rouffignac is a huge cave, so big in fact that you visit it by riding on an electric train that takes you deep into the cave. The cave is owned by the nation but is run privately, and is extremely well organized. The paintings of mammoths, horses, bison and other large animals must be seen to be believed. The great... More

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Manila, Philippines
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112 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It was worth our while to visit this cave. I had never seen prehistoric drawings or paintings before. In Rouffignac, there are engravings and drawings- more like cartoons than paintings like in Lascaux. The drawings are well proportioned considering that they were done by an untrained artist. One can only imagine why the cro magnon men made these incredible wall... More

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a super trip to see real cave drawings At the beginning you should prepare a picnic as entry to the cave is timed on your ticket which you can purchase on arrival ,our wait was two hours but with the picnic and a short walk went very quickly The admission price is very reasonable 7.5€ per adult 3.5€... More

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Edinburgh
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131 reviews 131 reviews
16 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Absolutely worth a visit if you are in the area - even our 8 year old son seemed to enjoy it despite the language barrier. We arrived about 10.20 am and were instantly ushered on to a train - just lucky I suppose, but there seemed to be a visit every 45 mins or so in the morning. We weren't... More

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Montlucon, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Absolutly amazing to be able to visit this cave with its beautiful paintings. We arrived at just the right time for a guided tour in English! (I think that was just because there was a coach of English speaking tourists there though) The guide spoke excellent English and was anxious that we all understood what she was showing us. In... More

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Dallas, Texas
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65 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Rouffignac Cave in the beautiful Dordogne region of France is a must stop for anyone with any degree of curiosity about prehistory. The cave is festooned with drawings and etchings of prehistoric animals, particularly mammoths. However there are extraordinary drawings of woolly rhinoceros, bison, horses, ibex, and bears. Also there are human figures, though not all are accessible. Some are... More

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Toongabbie, Australia
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97 reviews 97 reviews
70 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

These caves are original, but you do not need to book ahead to visit (unlike most other original caves in the area). You will see engravings and many drawings (black outline only). Compared to Lascaux II they are not as impressive, but worth seeing. A train takes you into the mountain 1km, past cave bear 'nests', which is an experience... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I was familiar with cave drawings--at the History Channel level--and I'd visited caves for their geology, including the excellent Grotte du Grand Roc Les Eyzies nearby. This was a completely different experience. To call traveling a km into the mountain an "immersive experience" doesn't do it justice--as the train takes you past drawings (with excellent commentary from the driver, though... More

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Vicksburg, MS
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We chose this cave to visit because of the train as some of our party had limited mobility. As others have said, the tours are all in French but we got the English hand-held guide for 1.5Eur, which explained things fairly well. What impressed me most was the distance from the cave mouth to the drawings. What drove them to... More

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