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Rouffignac Cave

Rouffignac Saint-Cernin, 24580, France
5 53 05 41 71
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Ranked #11 of 141 Attractions in Dordogne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Rehoboth, MA, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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119 reviews 119 reviews
29 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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Danville, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
24 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This leaves you with many unanswered questions about early man. First, it is cold in the cave so bring a jacket and wear some warmer pants if at all possible. I wore shorts and a light rain jacket. It wasn't warm enough. There is a trolley/'train ' that takes you way down into the cave depths. It is very dark... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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