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Sunday 01 November 2020


Explore the Lac de la Pluie

A fault opened up and the Lac de Pluie emerged…


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Coming to the Gouffre de Padirac

All roads lead there! Location, access, and more.

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  • Private tours

    of the Gouffre de Padirac

    You will be welcomed on your arrival by one of our boat-guides, your exclusive contact for this private tour of the Gouffre de Padirac.

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  • NEW


    Souvenirs, stationery, bookshop...
    A large selection on the theme of the Gouffre de Padirac and its discoverer Edouard-Alfred Martel.

  • Exhibition

    Explorations and hidden faces

    In 2020, Le Gouffre de Padirac offers you a new photographic exhibition.



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“No human has gone before us in these depths, no-one knows where we go or what we see, nothing so strangely beautiful has ever been presented to us, and spontaneously we ask each other the same question:
“Are we not dreaming?”
Édouard-Alfred Martel

News and Events

Exhibition Explorations and hidden faces

This year, the Gouffre de Padirac extends your visit with an exclusive photo exhibition set up 103 metres underground. You will discover the hidden faces of the Gouffre, whose underground network extends over 40 kilometres of galleries inaccessible to the public.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2020

Reopening of the Gouffre de Padirac

The Gouffre de Padirac has adapted itself in order to reopen its doors in complete safety, for its visitors as well as for its teams.

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28 March - 11 November 2020

Private tours of the Gouffre de Padirac

You will be welcomed on your arrival by one of our boat-guides, your exclusive contact for this private tour of the Gouffre de Padirac.

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"Explorer" tours

Over an evening, experience the unbelievable underground adventure of the Gouffre de Padirac just as Édouard-Alfred Martel did in 1889.
With lamps to light your way you will you will get the fullest sense of the Gouffre, in the silence, the dark, and the cool...

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130 years of history

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Discover 130 years of history

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  • Très belle découverte

    " Nous avons trouvé le site magnifique. Tout était très bien organisé, ponctualité par rapport à l'horaire annoncé sur les billets, informations sur place, amabilité du personnel, respect des règles sanitaires, parking gratuit, aires de pique nique à disposition... un sans faute ! "

    Gaenou - It's been 2 months 2 weeks

  • Incroyable !

    " Nous avons été émerveillés par cette visite, le site est magnifique, je peux dire que j'ai fait de la barque sous terre (!), on est sortis avec des étoiles plein les yeux. De plus, un petit bain de fraîcheur est vraiment agréable en ce moment ! L'équipe d'accueil et les bateliers sont adorables, je recommande. "

    Raphaelle46 - It's been 2 months 2 weeks

  • Unique, fun, and memorable

    " This was a fantastic experience, which included great information about these unique caves and their discovery, plus amazing geological information. The boat ride was exactly what one should expect at the bottom of a cave, just right in length and accommodation. Although I have some mobility concerns, the stairs and other walkways were easily and safely negotiable. Overall magical experience and highly recommended! "

    Dobiebur - It's been 1 year

  • Truly astounding

    " This is a wonder of the world and not to be missed. Six of us enjoyed exploring the cave. We walked down and took the lift back up, which was quite manageable for our group (all in our 60s). The tour narration gives lots of information, albeit with a somewhat corny dramatization. The boat guides were very helpful, knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. A superb visit. "

    Steve R - It's been 1 year 1 month

  • Superb - no other words necessary!

    " Book in advance is my first recommendation - it gets very busy (but well organised) Lots of steps so if you're going to have trouble you may want to think seriously. There are lifts but even using them there are still many stairs. So if you go ahead - it's absolutely fab! Stunning enormous caverns - beautiful to walk through (with a very good audio guide available in French, English or Spanish) Then you get into largish rowing boats and travel for a while along the underground river with a guide explaining many more things - truly a beautiful experience. Absolutely no question - if you are in the area this is the cave to do!😊😊😊 "

    O238IDsues - It's been 1 year 1 month

  • The best site around

    " As a family of 2 parents, 2 teenagers and one young fallow - I now declare that this place is the most interesting, most beautiful and intriguing place in the area. We went down 120meters to the earth's abdomen with an elevator(you can use stairs as well) and found a secret under the ground world, like We were in a book of Jules Verne. I wont write much, insteed I will let the pics talk for me. "

    MillieS205 - It's been 1 year 3 months