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Rouffignac Cave

Rouffignac Saint-Cernin, 24580, France
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Ranked #3 of 134 Attractions in Dordogne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Vancouver, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We made sure we arrived at the site early, before it opened to be sure of getting a seat on the first train. We visited on 1st September, so the schedule had changed for 9:30 start to 10:00am start. There are some informative boards in the entrance cavern but the English is limited. You can get an English digital tour... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Poor service let down what might have been an good visit. Hard to say as we weren't allowed in as they had 550 visitors that day and at 1630 didn't feel like letting any more in! Discussing this bizarre behaviour with others showed this not to be an isolated incident either. Others experience the same and varied levels of customer... More

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91 reviews 91 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited late August, so had to wait an hour for the next available visit. Well worth the wait. As the small electric train decends into the cave system you can see how underground rivers carved out the passageways, creating domes where whirlpools formed. Next, the guide pointed out bear claw scratches on the walls. Then we reached a section... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

My husband an I visited the famous caves in the Dordogne, France. We visited the most famous Lascaux although you cannot see inside the Authenitic cave they have made a unique replica of the cave you can go into. This is the cave most people tend to visit. However, i was not so impressed as I was the Rouffinac cave... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

You need to get there early because there are only a limited number of seats on each train. The caves are stunning - however our guide only spoke in a very difficult to understand French accent. Even the French speakers seem to struggle with their children become fractious during his long explanations. This would be 5 stars if it could... More

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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

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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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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116 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 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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16 attraction reviews
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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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