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La Cite de la Mer

Gare Maritime Transatlantique, 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
Owner description: Come and visit La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, a family attraction all about man’s adventures under the sea, and a must when you are in Normandy. You... more » Owner description: Come and visit La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, a family attraction all about man’s adventures under the sea, and a must when you are in Normandy. You can spend the whole day here and go round “Titanic, return to Cherbourg”, an exhibition which has its like nowhere else in France. It is on the theme of the celebrated liner, but also on emigration. You will also be able to listen to the Captain of Le Redoutable telling you about his life on board the largest submarine open to the public in the world. Then you will gaze in awe at our 17 aquariums, including the magical, 11-metre-deep, Abyssal Aquarium. « less
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421 reviews 421 reviews
173 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

The aquarium's got interesting bits but it's not a match for the big ones going up around the world, however it's matched with some great exhibits on submarines, diving and other maritime themes. It has a lavishly bizarre Titanic exhibit plus, of course, a nuclear missile sub, which would be worthwhile on its own. You could easily take up a... More

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Mayfield, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We read reviews that said this was a top attraction and that the aquarium was one of the best in Europe. We do not believe in keeping animals, fish, birds, etc in confinement and after deliberation decided to take our little one to see the fish. So with high anticipation of it being "one of the best in Europe" we... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We did not have time to see everything that the Cite de la mer offers. We visited the nuclear submarine "Le Redoutable" and found it quite informative. We also really liked the exhibit on the Titanic. However, the exhibit "Walking into the depths" was a bit of waste of time. The exhibit tries to simulate an ocean dive to great... More

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The overall site was quite good. If you are interesting in engineering and technical items as I am, then you'll likely spend a lot of time looking at the submersibles (inlcuding Alvin) and of course, the main attraction for me, the Nuclear submarine complete in every respect it seems apart from the reactor. I've been on a subs before. This... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We did a "fast" tour and it took us 4 hours! Kids loved the undersea experience and the visit of a nuclear submarine (very impressive). The only thing to think about: the restaurant is open from noon to 2:00pm only!

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Horsham
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12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went here at the end of our holiday with everybody feeling tired and relatively hard to please. We arrived at 3pm and left when it closed at 7pm - we were ready to leave by this point. To do it justice you would need more time - but really, mental over-stimulation requires a couple of trips. For us, our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A fantastic experience for all the family which follows the history of submersible exploration over the years. There is a nuclear submarine which has been decommissioned to walk through. You get a handheld commentary to take you through the different areas of the ship. There is a simulated under water experience which prepares you for a journey under water with... More

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Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This place is really good. There are a variety of things to see, and to do it justice, it will take most of the day. Highlights for me were the deep aquarium, and the slightly weird voyage under the sea - which was a bit like a Disney ride, but good fun, particularly at the end which had people laughing... More

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Darkest Essex
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is an excellent days outing if you are at all interested in ships & submarines. We spent about six hours here with a six year old and we always found something new to look a from deep sea submersibles to the giant French nuclear boat Redoubtable. The aquarium is also fascinating. The titanic exhibition is a somewhat tenuous connection... More

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Strabane, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Terrible exhibits. Way overpriced for what it is. The Titanic exhibition was embarrasingly poor. Wouldn't go back.

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