Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac - Cathédrale de Cristal

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Wednesday 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Thursday 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Friday 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Saturday 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Sunday 09:00 am - 07:00 pm

Closes at 07:00 pm

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Useful information

  • Qualité Tourisme

Location : In the countryside

Province : Black Périgord

Services

  • Credit card accepted
  • English spoken
  • Entertainment
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • open 7/7
  • English
    • Bâpté “Cathedral de cristal”, Proumeyssac is today the largest developed cave in Périgord.

      2 NEW SOUNDS AND LIGHTS - 360° 3D MAPPING

      The Gouffre de Proumeyssac was the first underground site in France to use lighting with “3D mapping” to enhance a cavity.
      Targeted until then on part of the Gouffre, this technology, so much appreciated by the public, will now be deployed throughout the natural setting l of the “Crystal Cathedral”.
      The visitor will thus live a unique experience in this mineral universe to the rhythm of dazzling sounds and lights.
      As in the last century, spectacular and original, the visit option with basket descent allows an extraordinary experience (11 people)
      The vast open and free park, reserved for our visitors, has a fun and educational space on the underworld.

      New The mineral river.
      Museum, geological space, forest trail, play areas, relaxation areas, picnic areas, shop, bar and snack bar.
      In July-August, reservation recommended on 05 53 07 85 85 or on www.gouffre-proumeyssac.com

      February, November and December: from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      Closed on December 25.
      March, September 16 to 30 and October: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      April, May, June and September 1 to 15: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. July and August: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      Fast food from April 1 to September 15.
      In July-August reservation strongly recommended.

      Find it on the Guide du Périgord's Blog...

      Visit the Gouffre de Proumeyssac and its park
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Traveller Reviews Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac - Cathédrale de Cristal

4.4 sur 5 1046 reviews

  • Pierre Needham

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Pierre Needham on 12/07/2022

    Fantastic experience - the audio visual was a highlight. Preferred walking in than taking the lift down - those with vertigo might suffer a bit!

  • Carolyn Dexter

    3 sur 5 Reviews posted by Carolyn Dexter on 19/07/2022

    These caves are impressive so why have I only given it 3*? When booking the trip I didnt notice that if you weren't French or didnt understand French then you would need an audio guide. We were in a rush so didnt take any money with us to pay the extra for the audio so we just had to stand and listen to the French commentary (I know we are in France!) You are given a leaflet but as its dark down there you cant read anything! I did speak to an English couple who had purchased the headset and they said it only gave short and very limited information - much less than the guide was apparently giving. After standing around and looking for 5 mins you have seen everything so the rest of the tour 35 mins you are just standing around looking at the same thing and not understanding anything about what you are viewing. I had to come back and read up on them to understand what I had seen. My fault but I wish it had been made clearer on the web site. Maybe have a prompt when you pay to ask "do you want to purchase the audio guide?" There is a small tardis type thing that you can descend into the caves using but to be honest I wouldn't bother. I dont think you would see any more this way than walking down. It isn't cold so I dont think you need a jacket/jumper. There is one stretch that is a little low and tight but easily accessible. There is more to do and see around the site but mainly designed with children in mind.

  • Orla O'Mahony

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Orla O'Mahony on 18/07/2022

    Perfect experience for a rainy day. Interesting stories, beautiful cave, friendly staff. Tour is in French with earphones available in other languages which is never quite as good but at least it’s an option. Tour took about 40 mins. We didn’t take the ‘lift’ down but still really enjoyed it. Would recommend for all ages, but a word of warning there is one short section which required stooping while waking so may not suit people who have back/neck trouble.

Traveller Reviews Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac - Cathédrale de Cristal

4.0 sur 5 1787 reviews

  • "Slightly disappointing - lack of information."

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by LeicestershireDex (Broughton Astley, United Kingdom) on 19/07/2022

    These caves are impressive so why have I only given it 3*? When booking the trip I didnt notice that if you weren't French or didnt understand French then you would need an audio guide. We were in...

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  • "Amazing but scary"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Denise B (Portsmouth, United Kingdom) on 25/06/2022

    The cave itself is amazing but the walk back through the slippery, cramped walkway was terrifying. Not for people with claustrophobia or walking difficulties.

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  • "Nice Light Show, Very Little Information"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by DavidG239 (Blackburn, Lancashire) on 06/09/2021

    For 12.40 Euro each my wife and I gained entrance to the cavern with an automatic translation headset. Whilst waiting for the guide you are invited to pedal to create the electricity for your visit...

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Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac - Cathédrale de Cristal

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Gouffre de Proumeyssac
24260 Le Bugue

GPS coordinates

44° 53'27.91"N, 0° 56'5.05"E

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