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Saturday 16 February 2019


Explore the Lac de la Pluie

A fault opened up and the Lac de Pluie emerged…


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Entrance tickets, guided tours, school groups and other groups, etc.

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Coming to the Gouffre de Padirac

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

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  • SEE YOU IN 2019 !


    The season 2018 is ended, but we prepare lots of surprises for 2019 ! 

    Reopening on March, 30th for a festive year ! 


  • NEW


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

  • Enjoy a unique experience!

    "The explorer visits "

    In the course of an evening, become an explorer to discover (or rediscover) the Gouffre plunged into darkness, just as Édouard-Alfred Martel discovered it in 1889. With lamp lighting and the help of a guide, you will be told of his exploits all along the itinerary.

    New dates in 2019 coming very soon...


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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

21 october - 4 november 2018

A family outing

The October/November holidays offer a final opportunity to come and enjoy a wonderful guided tour and learn about this remarkable geological phenomenon before the Gouffre de Padirac closes for the winter on 4 November.

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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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2018, september 15 & 16

2018 European Heritage Days

The Gouffre de Padirac, a place of adventure & learning for everyone offers an exclusive and dedicated programme on the occasion of  the European Heritage Days.


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the gouffre de padirac seen by "l’esprit sorcier"

The Gouffre de Padirac offers a new educational facility that will introduce children and adults to the wonders of this extraordinary natural monument (on line and with video), in collaboration with "L’Esprit Sorcier", a French popular-science programme founded by Frédéric Courant, the Fred of "Fred & Jamy", the duo who presented "C’est pas sorcier", a popular-science TV series.

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130 years of history

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  • Wonderful geological site

    " Though quite well-known I was amazed wel beyond my expectations when discovering such underground geological site. There is not only the big and deep hole, but at the bottom you can .continue to descend down to a small river. Here you walk during roughly 500 m along the cave which is globally quite high 50 lm roughly for 10 m wide. After this walk we embarqued on a boat (11 people max per boad for a a 500 m ride. On the other side with arrived in a gorgeous cave very hich with many geological concretions of all sorts and small lakes. Really wonderful. Return is done on the same track and a boat again. And then there are roughly stairways with roughly 1000 steps (or elevators if needed). The must this year is a full automatic audio guide very interesting adapted to your position during your walk. "

    ugh-travel-31 - It's been 6 months 4 weeks

  • Unbelievable Experience

    " This is one of France’s leading underground heritage sites. The cave system lies beneath roughly 100 meters of limestone. It was magical. You can walk or take an elevator to the bottom and will then take a small boat on the underground river to where you will walk and view massive stalagmites and stalactites. We made reservations for this tour before leaving for France went in early June. We had no crowds which made our France vacation absolutely wonderful. This is a “cannot miss” experience. "

    Ruth J - It's been 7 months 2 weeks

  • Wonderful Cave

    " Very nice to visited here even tired to claim the stair but I can say you will see the wonderful cave. I have electronic guide in English to explain the details for this cave. This is wonderful time for me.

    Madame-Voyage02 - It's been 7 months 3 weeks

  • Stunning cave system

    " This cave system is stunningly beautiful. Well worth the entry and the boat trip inside is a very nice touch. Highly recommend! "

    Lorna N - It's been 6 months 3 weeks