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Address: Lieu Dit le Gouffre, 46500 Padirac, France
Phone Number: 33565336456
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Gouffre de Padirac, the most famous cave in Europe, is considered as...

The Gouffre de Padirac, the most famous cave in Europe, is considered as one of the most interesting geological sites in France. After a vertiginous descent, by lift or stairs, of 103 metres, you embark on a boat trip along the subterranean river with spectacular views on the galleries. That's when you discover the "Grande Pendeloque" - a gigantic stalactite of 60 metres high - hanging by a string, it appears to admire itself in the "Lac de la Pluie". You then walk towards the "Lac des Gours" or the "Salle du Grand Dôme" with its 94 metres high vault.

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Wow! Stunning! (But book in advance!!)

My wife and three daughters were, at best, unsure about my suggested holiday trip to the Padirac Caves! I was insistent however so they relented. And they had to eat their hats... read more

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and three daughters were, at best, unsure about my suggested holiday trip to the Padirac Caves! I was insistent however so they relented. And they had to eat their hats after an amazing experience ;) The caves are simply amazing and are an experience that really shouldn't be missed. After three lifts down, you enter the caves and... More 

Thank Digbyziggy
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We hadn't booked online - I suggest you do! There are two ticket machines outside and a ticket desk inside. The queues for both when we arrived (about 11.30am on a mid-week day) were over an hour. The weather the day we went was rainy within a dry hot spell, so maybe it was even busier than normal? Or maybe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to Gouffre de Padirac. Bought our tickets online a few days before and the arrival and entry ran smoothly. Lots of steps so don't visit if you aren't fit - we all beat our Fitbit targets by miles 😄. Very well run with guides in English as well. Our ticket came with lunch included which... More 

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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We almost ruled out going to these caves having seen a review mentioning the 300+ steps as my mother in law would have struggled. However she was determined to give it a go and in actual fact the majority of the steps were covered by lifts both up and down. There were steps on the walking tour but the pace... More 

Thank PamJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there with the kid of 2,5y old and tried the stairs down, amazing views along the way with lots of wauw's by myself & the young kid. I was happy to go up again with the elevators though, would have been tough carrying the kid. Already carried him around the guided tour.

Thank 299jurgend
Chinon, France
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lifts were helpful to avoid long flights of stairs, but some stairs still necessary. Boats were a bit wobbly but it was an interesting ride. The tour was very informative with good translation for English and an option to not do it all.

Thank NinaGulati
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited as a family of 4 in August 2016. We took other reviewers advice and booked online and got a time slot of 9.15am. We arrived at just after 9am and there was already a long queue for non booked tickets, fortunately there was not queue for us and we were soon on our way down to the caves.... More 

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Limoges, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WOW that is all you need to say. At 12 euros per adult great value as you descend into the depths before a boat/punt ride. Plenty of stairs but possible to bypass many using the 2 lifts being an average fit 52yr old all steps used up and down with ease. Chose pm Friday as thought it would be quite....wrong... More 

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cheltenham England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a good experience but it is essential you get your tickets on-line before hand. I would have no hesitation getting the restaurant option at the same time. Don't worry about not having a printer just keep the attachment e-mailed to you on your phone and it has a bar code. Having tickets meant you bypassed the long queues... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gouffre is impressive, the caves are beautiful, the boat ride is nice & the guides are friendly. But still it feels a bit like visiting an attraction parc or a show rather than a natural gem. Too many people, even though we reserved tickets for supposedly one of the calmer moments (Friday end of the afternoon). I would rather... More 

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