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Gouffre de Padirac

Padirac, France
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Padirac
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

when you first see the caves, really all you see is the hole in the ground, my husband walked down the steps to get to the entrance, but I went down in the lift, much easier. then a few more steps to go down and then a boat trip, through the wonderful caves, a guide then walked us through the... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We pre-booked our tickets whilst still home in Australia, based on all the reviews and recommendations. Fortunately, it was pretty quiet when we visited in October and parking was a breeze. Was amazed at how far down we descended into the Gouffre, we had a great walk to the boats and a lovely gondola, who was happy to speak both... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Even the queue outside in the heat was worthwhile as this is a pretty spectacular cave and quite easy for the able bodied to get around. The only downside is that our French is pretty poor, so we didn't get the most from the tour guide. Thoroughly recommended anyhow.

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New York City, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Yes this underground very damp and dripping maze is out of this world unusual. The short boat ride goes quickly but the 20 minute guided walk seems to last an hour. Cave fans and kids will love the whole experience. Personally, as a Senior, I was not in shape for the steep stair climbing called for at the end of... More

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

As you approach the main entrance you can being to look down into the area and see the depth to the start. There are a large number of steps to go down to get to the bottom and start the experience but don't worry there are 2 lifts to take you down. As you walk along there are images displayed... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

It was amazing, a must see. A bit of a drive, I think it was 50 kilometers from Sarlat but well worth it.

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Châteauponsac, Limousin, France
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

From the descent down the steps, to the subterranean gondola ride and the magnificent views inside. This is a must see if you are in the Rocamadour area. Spectacular. Note: take something warm to wear and booking ahead on line strongly advisable as its very popular.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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51 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It's definitely the biggest cave we've been in, and very impressive. The queue to get in was equally as impressive, 80-minutes long. When we left, the queue had grown around 30% longer. The big tip is to book on line a few days ahead, which we didn't do! We didn't regret going though.

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Launceston, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Brilliant, worth the money attraction. Especially on a wet day. Downside was queuing for an hour and a half outside in the rain to get in!! Very frustrating at the time, only one person on admissions desk! Once in, you walk a long way, a lot of steps up and down there are some elevators. Gorge is beautiful and historic.... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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294 reviews 294 reviews
172 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We booked our tickets in advance and would recommend you do this if possible as on the busy summer’s day we visited, the queues were huge. Car parking was somewhat haphazard with vehicles abandoned all over the place. Once inside though the place is spectacular, we chose to walk down the steps to avoid the wait for the lift but... More

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