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Gouffre de Padirac

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Address: , Padirac, France
Phone Number: 0565336456
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Given that I am claustrophobic and not what you would call a cave enthusiast I was more than hesitant when my brother suggested we visit here however I am so glad that we did as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Given that I am claustrophobic and not what you would call a cave enthusiast I was more than hesitant when my brother suggested we visit here however I am so glad that we did as it was absolutely stunning. Firstly I will echo what has previously been mentioned, it is definitely better to book. I booked two days before we... More 

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Le Mesnil le Roi, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This natural chasm is like other stalagmite and stalactite caves, except that there is a singular trip at the bottom on a small , wooden boat through part of the underground river. Very interesting and worth a stop.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Having visited Gouffre de Padirac once before we knew the queue for admission can be very long (at least 1-2 hours) so we booked online in advance which meant we could wallk straight in at our chosen time; well worth a bit of forward planning. The walk down to the main caves is long but not too strenuous; a series... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Taking advice from others we booked, and went early. No queues at 9.30am and a short queue for the boats. It was as beautiful as others have described. Only complaint would be that the tour didn't leave much time to stand and gape, and felt a little rushed. Our tour guides, however, were excellent. Alexandre, the boat man, and Candice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

You can prebook tickets through the website before you arrive, and I'd strongly recommend you do. We did, and walked straight to the front of a queue that looked a good hour or more. This is a great place to visit with children - the caves are spectacular and includes an underground boat ride that our kids absolutely loved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

What a great experience this was. We visited as a family with three children, 13,11 & 7 all of which thoroughly enjoyed the visit. We went late so when we re-erged from the deep all was dark, which seems to add to the excitement for the the children. The queues for admission can be long, so book ahead on their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Following advice from other reviews, we headed off early. This was a good idea as these caves are very, very busy. You can book in advance which may be a better idea. We queued for just over an hour at around 9.45am. Once you are through if you don't fancy the stairs, there are 3 lifts that can take you... More 

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Bordeaux, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

An amazing cave complex covering several hundred metres including a short boat ride. The caves go on for ever with very impressive huge caverns with ceilings at more than 45 metres high. I wouldn't go near the place in August as it will be so busy that it would ruin the experience, but in June it was amazing, only €10... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This site is an absolute must-see when you are visiting this region of France. The cave is absolutely beautiful and refreshing on a hot day. I would highly advise you to make a reservation in advance, because you will be waiting in line for a very long time if you don't. We made reservations for the first possible slot, went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Waited for 2 hours in the rain and turned out to be worth every second! Stunningly beautiful wonder made even better by the very friendly and helpful staff! Our guide made an extra special effort to give my party an informative tour despite us being the only non French people in our group! Cannot recommend enough!!!

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