Rouffignac Cave
Rouffignac Cave
4.5
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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  • Caroline171
    Durham, North Carolina220 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cave drawings and etchings
    They don’t allow you to take photos inside. We rode a little electric train that chugged along with occasional clanks and stops. Scratchings of cave bears, etchings of wild animals and a few line drawings in manganese, and in several places, more modern graffiti on the ceilings. The train’s route branches into two areas; at the end of each the cave art is more spectacular. A ceiling covered with animals, a wall half-eaten by white calcite but showing 10 animals. The woolly mammoth’s anal flap. Flint stones in the limestone. Altogether, fairly impressive, but I haven't been to any of the other caves in the region so I can't compare with Lascaux IV and others.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 27, 2023
  • Neil186460
    Cardiff, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe inspiring
    Utterly amazing experience. Train journey deep into cave complex makes it suitable for families. Have to book on the day, which may require long wait until booked slot available.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Peter R
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you can't get into Lascaux or Fonte de Gaume, come here
    Getting a slot at one of the neolithic sites in the Dordogne can be difficult if, like us, you didn't plan ahead. However, Grotte de Rouffignac is the perfect solution in this case. Get there early, queue for tickets and you're given a timed tour. The tour takes place by small electric train that trundles around 1.5km into the cave system. You're rewarded with seeing astonishing cave art as it was originally made; these are not recreations. The tour guide speaks French, but you can hire handheld devices that offer a translation of almost everything the guide says. The whole tour takes about an hour. Dress warmly because the caves remain at a constant temperature of about 10 degrees.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Hessy8
    Bristol, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional
    This is a once in a life time experience place to visit . To see actual drawings of Mammoths ! You go down into the cave in a little train and see incredible drawings of mammoths and other animals . Well worth it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Dom
    Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing drawings, great little train
    As you can't book, and have to queue, you need to plan ahead. It closes between 11:30 and 2pm In late October we got there at 1:30 and we were first. At 1:45 there were a dozen cars, but 2pm over 20. I hate to think what you need to do in peak season.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
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Tom S
Isle of Wight, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Pretty great! We squeezed on the first train of the afternoon - albeit split up as a family - having got there early in the afternoon session. The train was wobbly fun and the cave was dark, small and long, but the highlight was the drawings and cave bear 'nests'. Well worth a visit and even though they provided English iPads, feel we missed some detail not speaking much French!
Written April 19, 2022
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CoupeColonel
Blandford Forum, UK417 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
This place is all about drawings, the caves themselves being fairly unexceptional. Add a little electric train journey and you have a great family outing. The cave is cool so would be brilliant on a hot day, but take a pullover.
Written October 25, 2020
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Peter R
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Getting a slot at one of the neolithic sites in the Dordogne can be difficult if, like us, you didn't plan ahead. However, Grotte de Rouffignac is the perfect solution in this case. Get there early, queue for tickets and you're given a timed tour. The tour takes place by small electric train that trundles around 1.5km into the cave system. You're rewarded with seeing astonishing cave art as it was originally made; these are not recreations. The tour guide speaks French, but you can hire handheld devices that offer a translation of almost everything the guide says. The whole tour takes about an hour. Dress warmly because the caves remain at a constant temperature of about 10 degrees.
Written August 17, 2023
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Davide A
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We arrived there around 9.20 to find already a big queue. Could only get a place for 11:30, so I strongly recommend to get there early. That being said, the cave is gorgeous and I totally understand the way it is being protected by limiting the number of daily visitors, to avoid the fate of other famous caves like Lascaux. The train is a nice touch and the guide was clearly passionate about prehistoric art. Lovely place in a lovely region.
Written August 27, 2020
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Turner S
1,434 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The tours are only in French and while they offer some materials in other languages, you won’t fully appreciate this tour without French comprehension. We arrived at 930 and got on the first train. There was a line on our way out. You don’t see many cave paintings, but it was still better than seeing recreations and interpretations.
Written April 24, 2022
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Caroline171
Durham, NC220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
They don’t allow you to take photos inside. We rode a little electric train that chugged along with occasional clanks and stops. Scratchings of cave bears, etchings of wild animals and a few line drawings in manganese, and in several places, more modern graffiti on the ceilings. The train’s route branches into two areas; at the end of each the cave art is more spectacular. A ceiling covered with animals, a wall half-eaten by white calcite but showing 10 animals. The woolly mammoth’s anal flap. Flint stones in the limestone. Altogether, fairly impressive, but I haven't been to any of the other caves in the region so I can't compare with Lascaux IV and others.
Written June 27, 2023
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Hessy8
Bristol, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is a once in a life time experience place to visit . To see actual drawings of Mammoths ! You go down into the cave in a little train and see incredible drawings of mammoths and other animals . Well worth it.
Written August 26, 2023
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Gillian M
Kent, UK147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
It's a bit remote but fine if you have a car! Easy parking, even though we got their at 11, there was no queue but told we couldnt go on the tour til 2pm...and you cannot book!!!!!
So we left...and returned at 2pm to a queue! Annoying!
But got on the train. All in french but easy to understand with small guide and rudimentary french. We enjoyed the journey and was fun! Good trip on a typically wet french day in June!

Take a jumper, no photos, no dogs and trip maybe 30 to 40 mins. Worth it if closel by. Cheap €8 each
Written June 30, 2022
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Petrus61
Nice, France3,602 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We visited this cave with the original small train from the 50’s. There are not that many engravings and drawings to see and the cave itself has little to offer. Although it is a cave with three different levels and 10 kilometers long in total, we only visit about 1 kilometer of the cave. If you have time and if you are in the neighborhood you may want to visit it.
Written August 3, 2021
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Dom
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
As you can't book, and have to queue, you need to plan ahead.
It closes between 11:30 and 2pm
In late October we got there at 1:30 and we were first. At 1:45 there were a dozen cars, but 2pm over 20.
I hate to think what you need to do in peak season.
Written October 27, 2023
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