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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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London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is really three exhibits in one. The Titanic is pretty much a waste of time because it consists of a lot of empty space and minutiae dressed up to seem important. The star exhibit is the nuclear submarine, which is fantastic to walk through, with a witty and detailed recorded commentary. The aquarium is also remarkable for its depth,... More

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Looe, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A group of friends and I came here for the day from poole, it was a fantastic day!! The submarine and the titanic exhibition was simply excellent. So much to see and read, make sure to give yourself plenty of time! The only thing I will say is the restaurant at the back of the main building, is a no... More

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Balmain, Sydney
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We arrived at the wharf on a cruise ship and were able to walk through the arrival hall immediately into a side entrance of the Museum. A number of the ship's guests went into the museum and the overwhelming consensus was that it was a very interesting museum and well worth the visit. The nuclear submarine tour was by an... More

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Havant, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

On a trip to Cherbourg we saw this and thought that it might be a good day trip out. Getting a 241 entry with the Ferry Tickets was also a bonus. There is 3 main attractions submarine, Titanic and the Aquarium. All 3 are brilliant in there own way and a must see. The day we went there was not... More

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Finistere
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Typically French in that it doesn't oversell its facilities, which is a nice surprise but might mean people don't realise how good it is! My son asked to visit, being interested in everything connected with boats at the time, especially the Titanic. I was concerned it wouldn't have enough for a long visit, but there was so much to do.... More

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

You need a full day to take in the whole site, which is located in the old railway and ship terminus. The building itself is impressive and this is most obvious when you access the Titanic exhibition through the old departure hall which has been restored recently. Your visit is divided up into several sections - The Titanic exhibition, a... More

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Myself and my husband visited this attraction on 9/5/2014. After paying 18 euros to go in we were really hoping this would be worth it, AND IT WAS. We were told that the attraction 'walking in the deep' would open at 10:15 and our seats were booked (we were slightly confused on what was awaiting us) Im not going to... More

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La Louviere, Belgium
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Nice for children, visit is divided in 4 departments : Submarin, aquarium, film/attraction under the sea and Titanic

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Cobham, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Je marche sous la mer was the worst part of our visit. 45 mins wasted by pretending to be underwater explorers like Cousteau. Even kids seemed less than impressed. The Redoubtable nucleur sub was a good attraction - so large when up close. The Titanic exhibit was OK with some nice touches of history -like how the toilets were supervised... More

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We wanted to see the D Day display and commemorative exhibition. It did not disappoint. You must visit this if you get an opportunity You can do the D Day exhibit on its own or the entire museum You will need a whole day to do the lot, and would suggest that you focus upon the exhibits that appeal to... More

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