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Rouffignac Cave

Address: Rouffignac Saint-Cernin, 24580, France
Phone Number: 5 53 05 41 71
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Ranked #12 of 129 Attractions in Dordogne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
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Mont Tremblant, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This large decorated cave allows visitors to view the original drawings of pre-historic man. You travel into the cave via a small "railway" and the drawings are only illuminated as you approach them. This is to preserve the integrity of the drawings and minimize the impact of the many visitors who tour this cave. For this reason, as well, the... More 

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San Francisco
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

In beautiful countryside, the cave itself was awesome. Electric train takes you on tour deep underground, stopping at cave drawings. These looked ho-hum on the computer screen at home, but in person had a special feeling, like being close to someone from 13000 years ago. Our particular tour was all French, but the guide gave us an interesting quick explanation... More 

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TN
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128 reviews 128 reviews
70 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

I had wanted to visit a "real" cave to complement the visit to Lascaux II. We chose this as the least complicated and easiest to visit. (Others seemed to demand standing in line at an early hour on the chance you might get in.) It was interesting to see the line drawings created so many thousands of years ago by... More 

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Rehoboth, MA, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I thought about giving this turkey two stars. However, there are some amazing 13,000-year-old drawings that are worth seeing. If there were a way to see these drawings in a 20 minute stretch, I would recommend it highly. Unfortunately the only way to see them is as part of an hour long train ride accompanied by a French monologue. There... More 

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Falls Church, VA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We only had time to visit one cave and were able to get into this one easily in late morning. It's a stunner. The open little train takes one deep inside the cave. I was shocked at how far the art was from the opening, and how it could have been created by the light of smokey fires . There... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We arrived just before 4pm and were afraid we would be too late to experience this tour as it closed at 5pm. However, a coach party had booked and were were asked if we would like to wait and get the last train at 5pm. This gave us ample time to read the ipod guide in English (cost 1.5 euro)... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This was our first time seeing ancient cave drawings in Europe and we were impressed. We arrived, bought our tickets and were able to board the train through the cave within 10 minutes. The guides only speak French So if you need to listen in another language, purchase the electronic guide for 1.5 euros. It was very informative. It is... More 

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Portsmouth uk
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We went here after visiting three prehistoric sites with cave art, this was therefore much later in history and very different. I had hoped for a couple of reconstructed dwellings but was to be disappointed, having said that it was well worh seeing for the fabulous views alone.

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Esher, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We arrived at 1200 only to be told we could only get on the last train into the caves which was 1730 making us think that this must be a wonderful experience being so popular. How wrong can you get! We booked it and then had several hours to kill in a region without much else. If you could book... More 

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Yorkshire
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147 reviews 147 reviews
41 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were advised at our accommodation to go early for the 10am start of this little train journey inside the caves of Rouffignac. So, this we did - arriving just at the small electric train was about to leave. We invested 1.5 Eu in the handheld English tour device (which worked a treat) and off we went 1km inside the... More 

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