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HeyJo44 wrote a review Aug 2020
Greater London, United Kingdom144 contributions17 helpful votes
The Grotto is amazing and well worth a visit but the tour is only in French, there is no English tour available, so you do not know much about the cave. You need sensible shoes, as there are lots of steps. Friendly staff and good value. Great cafe nearby too.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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KandGsTrips wrote a review Sep 2019
Nottingham11 contributions
Driving from the village of Le Mas d'Azul, Google maps sent us on a side track up the hillside above the cave ... we had to do a U turn, and met another family with the same problem too. But once we came back down to the main road, we drove through, and out the other side of this spectacular looking cave - one of many grottes in this beautiful Ariege region. There's a free car park nearby just opposite the green area overlooking the cave opening and a small river where young kids enjoyed playing on the small pebbly 'beach' area. We had a pleasant afternoon stop off break, relaxing on the grassy picnic area, admiring the amazing scenery around us! Walking back through the inside of the cave a a little milling around inside the grotte's souvenir shop was worth it too, despite not being able to go inside further to visit the cave. We didn't realise that you can only visit the main part of the cave if you take pay to join one of the guided tours, and at the time of our arrival, we had missed the only English speaking guided tour available of the day. Shame! So check online beforehand to plan your arrival time if you want to visit the cave.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Elizabeth W wrote a review Sep 2019
Shoeburyness, United Kingdom170 contributions71 helpful votes
Lovely day out. There's a great cafe sitting outside the opening that we sat in for an hour or so in the sun. The cavern itself is quite impressive, and there also some really interesting glass blowing shops on the otherwise which are well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Alison Gamble wrote a review Aug 2019
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Astonishingly large cavern you can drive through in the car! A walkway allows you to do this on foot as well and there is an interesting visitor centre with guided tours (most though are in French so read the leaflet they will give you in English if your language skill are not up to it). Spend time looking at the exhibits in the visitor centre too - very informative. Parking on the south side (free) with plenty of open space for a picnic.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Sian L wrote a review Jul 2019
Saltash, United Kingdom220 contributions64 helpful votes
Easy to find out times of visits with a dime click on the internet; you can even pre reserve a tour, so this should mean you don't miss out if it gets busy. The only English language visit seems to take place at 4:15pm every day during the summer, but worth it to help you understand a little more about the cave. The tour itself takes just short of an hour, but I guess this could depend on how many people are in the group and how many questions are asked of the guide. You can walk along the road through the cave opening, but it was good to see more of it than you can from the road. A pleasant afternoon.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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