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Address: 7 rue d'Anjou, 49700 Doue-la-Fontaine, France
Phone Number: +33 2 41 59 71 29
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Description: The Perrieres site is classified as a Site of Special Environmental...
The Perrieres site is classified as a Site of Special Environmental Interest, and is composed of troglodyte caves which are 15 to 20 meters high. The “falun”, the local rock made of pieces of shell deposited by the sea 10 million years ago, was later hollowed out by men in the 18th and 19th centuries. The caves were used for growing mushrooms and as troglodyte dwellings, and developed as a tourist site in the 1980s, offering very unusual accommodation; the Perrieres are now more splendid than ever, thanks to the enchanting sets created by the Lucie Lom agency : Le Mystere des Faluns.
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A sound and light show in a quarry

This a C19th quarry, which has been filled with a light and sound show trying to illustrate that the area was previously under the sea, and subsequently savannah... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom
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Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This a C19th quarry, which has been filled with a light and sound show trying to illustrate that the area was previously under the sea, and subsequently savannah. Tastefully/artfully done but not a must see. Suspect the EU may have spent the several million euros it cost better somewhere else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We visited the caves unsure of what to expect we were not dissapointed. The caves had been imaginatively filled. The lighting and sound effects were perfect. Although visiting in August is was fairly quiet so you were able to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Entrance fairly cheap too (ud pay a lot more for similar in England). Loved the jellyfish display.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We thought this was a very imaginative way of using the space of a quarry. The skeleton of the whale was impressive. Going back 10 millions year to the bottom layer of the deposits was amazing. We particularly like the jelly fish display. Take a warm jumper. It gets chilly in the cave.

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bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Located in what looks like a disused quarry with the entrance located on the left. You literally walk into bottle shaped caves which have been dug out for the stone. The film show gives relevant description and history which is shown without words and is easily understood. There is music playing and can be a little eerie as you walk... More 

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Davis, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This was a quarry, and the tour is self-guided, with informative descriptions in the various rooms, but the rooms are all pretty much the same. I found it interesting, but my travel partner thought it was just so-so. You have to read and imagine the contexts for the empty rooms that have been carved apart.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Friendly welcome to the site and a comprehensive introduction. You are left to explore the caves at your own pace and they truly are awe inspiring.

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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Fairly interesting insight in cave dwelling. You are given a guide and underground map and left to get on with it in extensive underground workings, a little unnerving if you are the only visitors as we were at the time, although more people went in as we emerged.

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South Wales, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

These are interesting caves, which have been made when they dug out the stone to use for buildings and Chateau in the area. It is fascinating how they did this and if you like caves, but don't like all the ducking and dripping water, this is the place for you! It only takes about half hour to go around as... More 

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australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

This should be on the must list for anyone visiting Doue. Especially recommended when too hot to move outside, orwet and yukky. A mixed group of French and English speaking frends took the tour. Several indelible memories are: How the quarriers centuries ago began with a small trench in the field, then gradually dug out at an angle. The results... More 

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