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Rouffignac Cave

France
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Ranked #15 of 121 attractions in Dordogne
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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New York City, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

You travel about two km deep into the cave by an electric train. There, you can see ancient animal paintings of bison, deer, and strange rhinos. It is a deeply moving experience to actually see these ancient paintings. These are the actual originals, not reproductions as they are at Lascaux. It is not everyday that you get to see 12,000... More

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London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
39 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Out of the many prehistoric caves in Valley de Vezere we only visited this one, mostly because of the awkward opening times and ticket buying of all the others (the caves are shut between 12:00 – 14:00 / 14:30 and even if you visit in the afternoon, the tickets can only be purchased in the morning. Also they refuse to... More

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Villa Park, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We drove from St. Emillion and arrived around 9:30 to find that the tickets for Grotte de Font-de-Gaume were already sold out. The very nice women, who spoke English, at the Welcome Center recommended Rouffignac Cave as a good alternative-one of her favorites. What a treat! We arrived and were able to get tickets for the next tour. Yes, it... More

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Brisbane
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

What a surprise. You must book onto a tour at a specific time (get there early in summer!). You are then taken deep (about 1km) into the cave system on a little train. The artwork is outline drawings from about 25000 years ago. Though not actual paintings they are unique and historically interesting. The guide speaks French but you can... More

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Mellor, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Once again we turned up at a cave to find it was closed for a long lunch break, our fault for not reading the out of season timetable. Make sure that if you go outside the peak season you are aware of the opening times. It was a little cool in the waiting area inside the cave entrance however overall... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We enjoyed the cave adventure. We were very comfortable on the train through the cave. We were dressed warmly, and do speak French so it was easy on us. The art at the start of the trip had me a little worried that I would not see much. But the art gets better and better as you go deeper in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

The trip to the cave was so much more than we were expecting. A small electric train takes you deep underground where there are hundreds of exquisitly preserved cave drawings. The tour was much longer and more comprehensive than expected. It is all in French though so I would suggest getting the video guide if you don't speak French as... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

I found this cave very interesting. The drawings were quite incredible and the fact that water once flowed but it has been dry and dead for approximately 2 to 3 million years is incredible. The drawings are quite clear to see, the train makes it very easy to view. I got an iPod with the English translation of the tour... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We arrived at 9.45 am for the only morning train available which was due to depart about 10.30 am. The staff were extremely rude, left the small queue waiting outside while they chatted and sat around. We were fifth in the queue, about 12 people ahead of us. We were typically British and waited without complaint. Eventually the seated rude... More

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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I returned to this cave after many years away, and forgot how much I love it. It's an original cave, whereas Lascaux is a copy. To me it makes a real difference to feel that people were actually there, creating the art. Myself and my daughter (9) were very welcome. The guide spoke very little English, but we had an... More

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