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Rouffignac Cave

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Address: Rouffignac Saint-Cernin, 24580, France
Phone Number: 5 53 05 41 71
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great option for visiting the cave paintings if you have kids

the cave paintings are circa 1 km deep into the caves, you take an electric train to get there. For our family with kids, this was a great option, they enjoyed the train and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

the cave paintings are circa 1 km deep into the caves, you take an electric train to get there. For our family with kids, this was a great option, they enjoyed the train and the setting wasn't the same kind of library-noise-level of Lascaux where you felt you were expected to stand in silence. Rouffignac was great (actually I would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is a pretty dramatic cave, not part of the main tourist drag so more personal and less crowded. Very many pictures in black paint mixed with 18C visitor graffiti make for an interesting mix. A small electric train takes you down to the main areas so its very well organised and efficient with good guides. Definitely worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

While I found the art interesting the tour was most definitely lacking. The English visual guide gives some information but you miss a lot of what the tour guide is saying if you don't speak French. It was also hard to read the visual guide and try to see the cave art! If you plan on getting the €1.50 guide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Be warned, we found that the satnav co-ordinates for the longitude and latitude were wrong and were therefore delayed by an hour! I informed Reception but apparently, nobody else has had this problem? We used the town name to get there and then it was signposted from within the town. Carpark has about 10 spots but there is a picnic... More 

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dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We hired an English speaking guide to go with us to see the cave art here. She translated what the train driver/guide was saying in French on the tour, and she added other information. The cave art is well preserved and is fascinating, as is other information about the cave itself. We were given plenty of time to get off... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The most amazing caves with an electric train. Great to get up close to real cave paintings and nice and cool on a hot summers day. Kids loved the trip (7&8). Be warned the tour is only in French which is fare enough in France but if you have limited French you will be a bit lost. Over all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We went to the cave because we read it was the only and best place for a person with limited mobility - and it was. It's an easy walk to a train and you're on the train for almost the entire tour. The place is a bit isolated, but that adds to its charm and it's a beautiful drive. It... More 

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Forster, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We drove a long way out of our way to get to this cave after reading a great review of it in the Lonely Planet. We expected it to be really busy but when we got there at 2pm (the afternoon opening time) there were only a handful of people there. The tour takes place in a train which worked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

we had the best time. didn't see this in 2011 on our first visit and thrilled we got there this time. not paintings but drawings - tons and tons and tons of drawings. a great guide who spoke english and french. i understand from other reviews that there wasn't an english speaking guide but ours made great effort for us.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The cave is interesting and the art is stunning but the experience could have been much better. Although I speak reasonable French, I had difficulty following the guide's commentary. He spoke far too fast and I struggled with his accent too. We did have a digital guide on an iPod type device but this was quite brief and so we... More 

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Address: Rouffignac Saint-Cernin, 24580, France
Phone Number: 5 53 05 41 71
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Aquitaine  >  Dordogne

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