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Saturday 25 May 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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  • Enjoy a unique experience!

    "The explorer visits "

    Let's be an explorer over an evening and experience the unbelievable underground adventure of the Gouffre de Padirac just as Edouard-Alfred Martel did in 1889, when he went down for the first time into what, at the time, was called the "devil's hole", in 1889...

    An exclusive and unique experience !


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    All along the 2019 season, discover numerous photographies of a timeless Gouffre de Padirac:

    the natural site and its employees, marvelling viistors, as well as pretty regional scenes.



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    Let yourself be enthralled by a guided tour with one of our boatmen !

    DEPARTURES 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00

    Tickets on sale online, then at the Gouffre de Padirac, subject to availability.



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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.


“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

30 march - 03 november 2019

Robert Doisneau at the Gouffre de Padirac

The exhibition displays a number of photographs of a timeless Gouffre de Padirac: the natural site and its employees, marvelling visitors, as well as pretty regional scenes.

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Saturdays June 1st and October, 26th 2019

"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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March 30 - November 3, 2019

Guided tour of the Gouffre de Padirac

Choose the guided tour of the largest underground natural site in France. (Comments in French only)

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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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130 years of history

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Discover 130 years of history

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  • Stunning

    " It is hard to believe that there is this expansive and beautiful river system under the earth. The story of its discovery and exploration is fascinating. The audioguide is helpful. The cave is cool (wear a light jacket) and some of the stairs are steep and damp. Purchase your tickets ahead of time to avoid some of the lines, also consider going early or late. "

    delnorn - It's been 5 months 1 week

  • Huge underground cave system and river

    " Once again France has astounded me with its wild beauty. This underground cave system is absolutely fantastic and unlike anything I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. You descend into the cave by stairs or lift and then walk through a spectacular cave system, listening to a very entertaining and informative audioguide. The historical aspect of the discovery and exploration of the cave system is really well covered too. Once you have completed the walking section there are small punts waiting to take you through the cave system along the underground river. It is a totally fascinating experience. I found the guides and the rest of the staff to be extremely polite and helpful. This is a really impressive natural wonder that will leave you feeling awe inspired. Its very well run and I would recommend it for everyone to see. "

    lovetosea - It's been 6 months 2 weeks

  • Amazing place

    " Exciting experience for all the family. We bought tickets online so did not have to wait long. We had a combined ticket that included lunch and it was good value for money. "

    Dorit Z - It's been 6 months 2 weeks

  • Wonderful visit

    " Great visit that can be done at your own rythm, with a very good audioguide available in different languages (auto activated while going on). Very nice and friendly guides. Interesting and exciting for all visitors (young and not that young :) ones). Pictures allowed without flash in several parts of the cave. "

    Meritxell S - It's been 6 months 2 weeks