A glass footbridge, underground river and a red room...

A cold beauty and intense sensations await you in this crystal cathedral

The Gouffre géant, or giant chasm, is located 25 km from Carcassonne, and dominates the small village of Cabrespine nestled in the Clamoux gorges, at the foot of the Pic de Nore (1211m).
Visiting this natural wonder, you discover one of the largest caves open to the public in the world, which is also one of the ten most beautiful caves in Europe.
It is famous for its wealth of crystallisations: aragonite, curtains, columns, waterfalls... all stars of the show.

A glass bridge, cave exploration and dancing lights make the site even more spectacular.

At the bottom of the chasm, there is an underground river with a blue marble bed. This river continues through the Grotte de Limousis and finally emerges again beneath the Lastours Cathar châteaux.

Deep within the montagne Noire, this huge cave was carved out patiently by water over thousands of years. It was occupied by people in the Bronze age. It was only discovered in 1934 by the Aude caving club and has been open to the public since 1988.

Your visit

  • As soon as you enter, you are amazed by the sheer size of this underground cave, 80 metres wide and 250 metres deep. It is viewed from a specially created balcony: the Eiffel Tower could fit inside it!
  •  Those who love an adrenaline rush should try the glass footbridge. This bridge, identical to the one in the Grand Canyon, allows you to experience a 200 metre void beneath your feet. It is world first in a cave. If you have vertigo, give it a miss!
  • From the 'balcons du diable', specially constructed and accessible to disabled visitors, the view is breathtaking. The belvédère des disques, a staircase up a stalagmite, leads you even closer to the vaulted roof.
  •  The magical spectacle continues in the 'salle rouge' and the 'salle des cristaux', a former underground river bed.
  • The Gouffre runs guided tours to find out more about the history of the site and its formation, and to better explore the detail in the beautifully illuminated concretions.
  • If you fancy an adventure: you have a choice between an underground acrobatic course, practicable in complete safety, accessible to the public from 12 years old and older or river navigation on the underground river.

Did you know?

Wine cellar and bat 'reserve'

Despite what you may think, once the lights go out, the Gouffre and its network of caves come to life. Thousands of bats actually live in the lower part of the chasm. No fewer than 10 of the 30 species found in France have chosen Cabrespine as their home. And the people here should not be forgotten, as the Gouffre provides the perfect 14 degree temperature for maturing Minervois wines. And now, wine is stored in amphorae. A world first!

The Gouffre de Cabrespine is also in the heart of truffle country. There are many links between gastronomy and the Gouffre.

Practical information 

  • Dogs are admitted to the chasm on leads
  • Pushchair and wheelchair access, pathway flat to 80%
  •  Photographs and videos permitted
  •  Temperature throughout the year 14°c: A perfect place to visit on a rainy day or when it's very hot. Bring a thin jacket.
  • On site there is a souvenir shop, local wine and produce, free parking, snack bar, exhibition and sale of minerals, and toilets.

Open daily from February 3th to December 10th, 2023, including weekends and holidays.

Find out more about the opening hours

Duration of visit: 45 mins
Groups: open all year round (except 25th December and 1st January) for groups of over 15 people, upon reservation.

How to get there
  • The Gouffre géant is located in the montagne Noire, on the road leading to the Pic de Nore, the D112. Follow signs for Mazamet from Carcassonne and then Gouffre Géant.
  • Free car parking on site.
  • GPS co-ordinates lat. 43° 21' 35" - long. 2° 27' 25"
  • Adult : 13.50€
  • Children (13-17 years old) : 12.00€
  • Children  (5-12 years old) : 7.80€
  • Children (< 5 years old) : Free
  • Preferential adult price : 11.50€
    (senior over 65, student under 25, job seeker, person with a disability, reduction coupon)*
  • Preferential children price (13-17 years old) : 10.20€
  • Preferential children price (5-12 years old) : 6.60€
    (reduction coupon)*

Additional audio guides rental price (English, Spanish, Catalan, German) : 1.50 € (only in July and August)

Buy your fastrack ticket 

Grotte de Limousis vs Gouffre de Cabrespine?
The grotte, or cave, is a gallery, a succession of room, with a more intimate atmosphere
The gouffre, or chasm, is impressive, its footbridge is a must
You should see them both! They are so very different


Blog & Holidays

Visit of the Grotte de Limousis, on the trail of the cave bear…


Visit of the Grotte de Limousis, on the trail of the cave bear…

Limousis is always a great idea ! In summer to cool down (14°C), in winter or when it's raining to take shelter... and to marvel! We tested this visit during the Easter holidays, as a

All holidays

A unique sensation on Cabrespines skywalk


A unique sensation on Cabrespines skywalk

We tried the glass footbridge After a 30 minute drive from Carcassonne, we left the vines for the freshness of the forests and peaks in

  • Unique experience

All the news


Heading for the Montagne Noire, Lastours…Saissac

The compass is pointing north, the road is climbing, you're heading for the Montagne Noire