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Les Grottes Petrifiantes
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: An underground cave featuring strange rock formations.
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Bit overpriced really at about 25 euros for a family of four. The caves themselves are small, and are full of items that the owners are in the process of calcifying, everything from smurfs to dolls and vegetables! It spoilt it somewhat. The tour (of the two main caverns) is split halfway though when you go back outside and are marched into a store to view the previously calcified items, which even if they are your thing are overpriced, before you go into the second cavern.

Not hugely impressed really, seen many better caves for a lot less. My 8 year old loved it though.

Thank Jason M
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

We have visited the caves several times - mostly on hot days! Make sure you take a jumper as it can feel very cold in them, especially when it is very hot outside (the caves stay at the same cool temperature all year round) ! Also make sure you wear sensible shoes as the path can be slippy. These caves have a fascinating history (for example, the Resistance used them as a base during WW2). There is also allegedly a secret tunnel to the nearby Villandry, but where they think it was, it has collapsed so is unsafe for excavation to prove or disprove the myth.

You cannot wander round by yourself but have to wait for a group to form (or another group to finish!) and they show you round. The talk is in French but you are given an English translation to read. Basically, there are two caves that have been formed by water wearing away the limestone. This limestone is "dissolved" into the water, settling out to form very impressive stalactites and stalagmites - even stone waterfalls! You can try the water - it is VERY cold! There are model dinosaurs dotted around - they are not from the area, but were alive when the limestone was laid down millions of years ago.

You can see items being petrified (and can buy them from the shop - not your normal keepsake!). There is also the obligatory wine tasting! It is NOT suitable for people if they are not sure of their footing as the floor is not smooth and can be slippy, or for pushchairs - and it is a long way to walk if you are carrying a toddler!

All in all, it is perfect for days that are too hot, too cold, too "grey" or rainy!

Thank Creme-Bun
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Definitely an interesting little stop off if you're in the area, a guided tour around some relatively recent underground caves that are now used to petrify objects in limestone (?) The tour guide is French and speaks little English which was a shame as on this particular visit all tourists were more comfortable in English. Luckily I was visiting with a local friend who translated the majority of info for the benefit of the group. In all fairness to the guide toward the end she tried her hardest to explain some things in English and her effort should be commended. Interesting cave system, a little slippery in places so if you have a balance problem do be aware of this, the dinosaurs were a bit random but actually were a really fun addition!

Thank Callum_Mac88
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

An interesting cave complex with limestone deposits used to "petrify" articles placed under the dripping cave walls. An excelllent commentary ( in French only - no English). Worth a quick visit.

Thank Roland J
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Certainly an odd attraction but thoroughly enjoyable! You are taken on a tour of 2 caves and given a talk on the history of the caves, the use of the material quarried from the caves and given geological pointers. The tour is in French but you have an English written version to help you along - our guide was happy to offer an English summary at certain points.
As with previous reviews we found the ornaments moulded in the cave very kitsch (but interesting) and the dinosaurs were a baffling part of the tour. However it was a fascinating way to spend a couple of hours!

Thank WhiteShirt76
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