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Grotte de Rouffignac

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Address: 24580 Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac, France
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+33 5 53 05 41 71
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This is definitely the cave I would recommend in the region if you want to see real cave art. The tour takes you on a railway through the caves and you get off at various point to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 25, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

This is definitely the cave I would recommend in the region if you want to see real cave art. The tour takes you on a railway through the caves and you get off at various point to view the stunning ancient drawings. The guide was lovely and happily translated his information into English for the benefit of my parents. It... More 

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Taos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

We knew that there were several caves in this area of France with very good prehistoric drawings, and we aren't drawn to big tourist traps like Lascaux, so the cave at Rouffignac was the perfect alternative for us. We were accompanied by a private guide who drove us there, thankfully, because it's off the beaten path. The tour itself takes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

Got here first thing in the morning and very glad we did as there was a queue before the cave was even open and it continued to fill up. Once your time is called you make your way to the train that takes you into the cave and down to the drawings. You make a few stops while the guide... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Grotte de Rouffignac fulfilled a longstanding dream of mine to visit one of the caves where Cro-Magon artists left their artwork. Grotte de Rouffignac is special in several ways: 1. the drawings here likely represent the work of only a handful of artists over a short period of time, and so it feels as if we get to know individual... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Access to the drawings is via a small train, once you have passed some information boards. The drawings are plentiful, clear and worth seeing. Our children (8&9) were interested in what they saw and read on the hand held electronic guide, but I can imagine that it is not for everyone. Staff were friendly and helpful. Very pleased we visited.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Rouffignac caves are nice, but the tours - all in French except keep your hands in the train and don't touch anything - drone on and on in French. My French is fine, not great, but I can make do. The kids on our train got restive and so did we. It's cold, even with a sweater. The guide keeps... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

This is a great, no-frills activity that works for all ages. The cave drawings may not be as dramatic as you find at Lascaux, but the sense of history and overall experience you get is amazing. No walking involved (it's a fun little train ride into the depths of the cave) and the pay-off in terms of prehistoric drawings is... More 

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Purfleet, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Although thought the cave drawings and history were interesting don't go if you want to see stalagmites and stalactites. There aren't any. Also tour only in French no audio English available only written version on iPod. Guide did speak English but didn't attempt to even give a brief description that would have helped keep the text version in step with... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

The Grotte de Rouffignac is painfully outdated as an attraction. I visited the cave some 45 years ago, and possibly once again fifteen years later, but that may have been another cave in the Dordogne. Anyhow, little if anything seems to have changed in the meantime: still the same little trains and still an all French-speaking guide. Admittedly, this time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Can only be booked on the day, so arrive early (8.30-9am) to get tickets. We arrived 10.30, queued for 45mins and got tickets for 4pm! Train ride takes you 1km underground to see 14,000 year old original cave drawings. Tour is about 1hour and in French so DO get the iPod translation. (€1.50) Also it is cold, so wear jumpers... More 

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