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Rouffignac Cave

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Ranked #9 of 123 attractions in Dordogne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Edinburgh
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129 reviews 129 reviews
16 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
65 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
67 helpful votes 67 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
48 helpful votes 48 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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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212 reviews 212 reviews
157 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We arrived at the Rouffiniac caves well into the afternoon as we had to wait for the tourist office to open after lunch at Les Eysies for advice. We parked easily and wisely decided to use the modern toilets nearby down a short flight of steps opposite the entrance. At the ticket office we were told we had just missed... More

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Santa Monica, California
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138 reviews 138 reviews
74 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We (like many others) failed to score tix for Font de Gaume and were SOOO delighted with the Grotte de Rouffignac. It was a real treat. Our son loved the train that descends into the cave. And the cave! Astounding...! You can't imagine how these people all those years ago achieved such a thing! The mammoths are so very very... More

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Israel
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

After a short wait, had a wonderful tour. Too bad for us that it was in French, but we got the gist... Highly recommended.

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Windsor UK
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We arrived for the first tour of the day and weren't disappointed - in fact, there were more animal drawings and engravings (uncoloured carved outlines) than we were expecting. This cave has some particularly good examples of art including mammoths. We were each given a touch pad guide in English to use during the tour (you are asked to leave... More

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