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A fault opened up and the Lac de Pluie emerged…

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  • PHOTO EXHIBITION

    "ROBERT DOISNEAU AT THE GOUFFRE DE PADIRAC"

    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.

    Until November, 3rd 2019 only!

     

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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 ! 

    No availability for the 2019 last edition on October, 26th.

    Next editions in 2020!

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  • GUIDED TOUR

    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.

    GUIDED TOURS RESTART on September 1st. No longer availability this Summer !

     

     

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  • NEW

    THE E-SHOP

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

    Discover

“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

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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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19 october - 03 november 2019

A family outing

Before winter closure, the Gouffre de Padirac, celebrating in 2019 the 130th anniversary of its discover, offers a final opportunity to come and enjoy a wonderful visit during these school holidays and the exceptional exhibition «Robert Doisneau at the Gouffre de Padirac» ending with the 2019 season, until November, 3 incl.

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Saturdays June 1st, July 20 & 27th, August 24th 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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130 years of history

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  • 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 month 2 weeks

  • 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 month 3 weeks

  • 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 month 3 weeks

  • 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 2 months 1 week