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Rouffignac Cave

Rouffignac Saint-Cernin, 24580, France
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Ranked #9 of 139 Attractions in Dordogne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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English first
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
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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Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
25 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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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