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Saturday 25 May 2019


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Located in the heart of the Dordogne Valley, in Lot Department and very close to Rocamadour, the Gouffre de Padirac is France's first underground natural heritage site.

Traditionally open to the public from the start of the Easter holidays to early November, this unmissable tourist site in Occitania Region has welcomed over 25 million visitors since it was discovered in 1889.

In 2019, the Gouffre de Padirac will celebrate the 130 years of its discovery by Edouard-Alfred Martel, with an anniversary year ponctuated by unique cultural and festive events!

If you would like more information on our site and our seasonal events,
you will find here all you need to get to know the Gouffre de Padirac better and to make your work easier:

Pascale Venot Press Office
Jessica Saugier
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A family outing - press release

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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2018 European Heritage Days

The next european heritage day will be held on september 15-16, 2018 within the framework of the european year of cultural heritage.

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A music festival that is out of the ordinary!

As part of the seasonal rendezvous of the 13th edition of the Rocamadour Festival, the Gouffre de Padirac welcomes the Mikrokosmos choir on the occasion of a very special music festival! An unusual rendezvous for members of the public who wish to experience the Gouffre filled with heavenly voices and with percussion with age-old sounds… an experience that is out of the ordinary.

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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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The only Easter Egg Hunt at the centre of the earth!

Dedicated to budding explorers and to little gourmets aged 4 to 12, the Easter egg hunt 103 metres underground is not to be missed! Several hundred eggs are just waiting to be found and tasted during the visit…

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Reopening of the Gouffre de Padirac

After four months of winter closure, the Gouffre de Padirac will welcome the first visitors of the 2018 season from Saturday 24 March until Sunday 4 November.

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Weekend of solidarity with the "Partage-Handicaps" association - 16 and 17 september 2017

For the second collaboration with the "Partage-Handicaps" Association, based in Ariège Department, the Gouffre de Padirac offers 15 disabled people the chance to experience a unique journey to the centre of the Earth.

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All Souls' holiday break - Educational workshops

During the All Souls' holiday break, from 21 October to 5 November, the Gouffre de Padirac offers visitors facilitation and mediation workshops to add to their exploration of Europe's first underground heritage site.

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A promising 2017 season

New collaborations, encouraging visitor figures, teams strengthened, and projects in the development stage.

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New for summer 2017: discovery workshops on geology and speleology for all age groups

This summer, the Gouffre de Padirac offers visitors facilitation and mediation workshops to add to their exploration of Europe's first natural underground heritage site.

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RTL - Un été sur le pont

(RTL is a private national radio).

All along the summer, Arnaud Tousch, radio journalist, draws the portarits of seasonal workers essential for everyone to have good holidays.

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France 3 - Newscast - "Dream Job"

Summer jobs : in the heart of the Gouffre de Padirac

Every summer, the Gouffre de Padirac hires seasonal people to drive tourists in boats at more than 100 meters underground.

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Le Point - National Music Festival

Heavenly voices bounce off the rock in the bowels of the Earth.

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In this natural cavity plunging 103 meters underground from the Dordogne Valley, 50 chorists mingle with the public to interpret modern and contemporary works in a noctural wandering.

A unique program for a festival of masterful and spectacular music.

Read the article - International Day of Tourists Caves

On the occasion of the second edition of the International Day of Tourists Caves, Wednesday 6 June 2018, Le Figaro offers you a selection of these underground wonders of Nature.

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FRANCE BLEU - "Les Ateliers 'Toussaint' au Gouffre de Padirac."

(France Bleu is a public network of local and regional radio stations)

Jean-François Mangin pour les Ateliers "Toussaint" au Gouffre de Padirac.

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FRANCE 2 - "C'est au Programme"

(A daytime magazine programme on television channel France 2)

Loïc Ballet takes you to the heart of Lot department for an extraordinary visit over 103 metres underground.

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Geo Ado - "Une descente dans le Gouffre de Padirac"

I explored Padirac by lamp!
In the middle of the arid plateau of the Causses de Quercy, in Lot Department, lies a gaping hole: the Gouffre de Padirac. Léopold explored it for GEO Ado under the conditions of its first exploration, in 1889…

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FRANCE INTER - "Au fond du Gouffre de Padirac"

(France Inter is a public radio station)

The Gouffre de Padirac has always stirred the imagination and enriched the legends of the Quercy region. The enormous opening and its galleries are now a geological enigma.

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EUROPE 1 - "Ca vaut le détour"

(Europe 1 is a private radio station)

Worth a visit - the Gouffre de Padirac by night
Each day during summer, Europe 1 helps you explore a hidden location on your holiday route.

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M6 - Le 1245 : "Gouffre de Padirac, l'ivresse de la profondeur"

("Le 1245" is a television current-affairs programme on channel M6)

The Gouffre de Padirac is one of the most beautiful geological sites in France. It is 103 metres deep, and is crossed by a river that erodes rock over the years, offering a superb spectacle. Over 420,000 visitors explore it each year.

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SCIENCE MAGAZINE - "Là est née la spéléologie"

The Gouffre de Padirac is in Lot Department, and is listed as France's first underground heritage site. It is considered one of France's greatest geological curiosities. We know less about the man who discovered it in 1889, and who is the father of modern speleology

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E=M6 Gouffres : "le mystère des trous géants"

("E = M6" is a television programme popular science on channel M6)

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Le Monde - "Le gouffre de Padirac, à la lanterne"

The geological site located on the Causse de Lamat (Lot Department) is explored under the same conditions as when Édouard-Alfred Martel and his companions explored it in 1889.

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National Geographic - "Expédition au fond du Gouffre"

A team of speleologists succeeded in making an unprecedented crossing to reach the Gouffre de Padirac (Lot Department). A journey of 20 km in three days, through the cold, through clay, and through damp. Exclusive report.

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