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Sunday 16 December 2018

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OCTOBER/NOVEMBER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

A FAMILY OUTING

THE GOUFFRE DE PADIRAC WAS DISCOVERED IN 1889 BY THE EXPLORER EDOUARD-ALFRED MARTEL, AND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST GEOLOGICAL CURIOSITIES IN FRANCE, CONSISTING OF A NATURAL CAVITY 33 METRES IN DIAMETER, A MAJESTIC SERIES OF CAVES, A RIVER, AND A SPECTACULAR LAKE THAT IS MORE THAN 103 METRES DEEP.
 

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.

Our scientific & cultural mediation team, made up of qualified geologists, is dedicated to creating workshops and interesting scientific presentations suitable for all ages.
After a successful launch last year, our fun educational workshops are available during the October/November holidays.
 

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES

Explanatory panels and samples that can be freely handled, with the observation of marine deposits, identification of the rocks of the world, understanding how the underground network of caves at Padirac was formed, and a presentation of cave-exploring equipment...
Open to all

Fossil-casting workshops
Children aged 4 to 8
About 20 min. every 1/2 hour from 2pm to 5pm

 

The Science Marquee, located in the garden, is open every day from 11pm to 5pm.

Always aiming to create a unique experience, the Gouffre de Padirac now offers each visitor an exploration companion: an interactive, multimedia guide, to accompany you during the tour. The audio guide is available for loan to all visitors aged 4 and above and is available in 6 languages for adults (French, English, German, Dutch, Spanish and Japanese) and 3 languages for children (French, English, and Dutch).

For those who would like to meet and talk to a guide, a guided tour is available every day at 11am and 3pm, offering another great way to explore the Gouffre.

 

And so, the 2018 season will come to an end...

2019 will be a special year: The Gouffre de Padirac will celebrate the 130th anniversary of its discovery.
The new season will start with the traditional Easter Egg Hunt, with a geological twist for the occasion; and then the anniversary on 9 July, the day of the first descent to the bottom of the Gouffre by Edouard-Alfred Martel, will of course be celebrated with a special evening event! There will also be a programme of cultural events for the 2019 Easter and October/November holidays.

 

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