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Address: Gare Maritime Transatlantique, 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, France
Phone Number: 33 02 33 20 26 26
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Description: Come and visit La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, a family attraction all...
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.
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Best submarine tour yet

I've done sub tours in the U.S. But this one was excellent. You can go at your own pace and the access is pretty good. The wait is a pain. We waited an hour and by the time we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I was a bit sceptical when this was suggested but this is a great day out. It's a mixture of several connected themes - decommissioned nuclear submarine, history of underwater exploration, aquarium and liners, especially Titanic - all set in the wonderful 1920s liner terminal. All were excellent and very well presented with lots of interactive areas many suitable for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A good day out, aquarium good if a little small compared to others, submarine experience very interesting and well worth visiting, titanic museum limited but worth visiting as included in entry fee, under sea adventure included, made my 8 year old feel a bit nauseous so be aware!!! All in all worth a visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I was a bit worried about the cost of entry with it already being afternoon when we arrived, but there's plenty to do! 1st we saw the titanic tour- the film is very long & had an anti-climax, we were expecting the floor to move like a ride, but it didn't. 2nd we visited the aquarium- brilliant! Small sharks, jelly... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If in Cherbourg, La Cite de la Mer is certainly a place not to miss! We had several hours to wait for a ferry back to Portsmouth, so planned to visit the maritime museum which opened in 2002. The ticket cost 18 euros, but there is plenty to do and see. We started off on an underwater expedition in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I think the museum signage recommended 5 hours to do it all justice, and I can completely believe that - what a day we had! We were lucky with the weather for the short walk from the town centre, and the sunshine was beating down all day! We were lucky enough to have a flyer (given I think on the... More 

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Chalon-sur-Saone, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I've done sub tours in the U.S. But this one was excellent. You can go at your own pace and the access is pretty good. The wait is a pain. We waited an hour and by the time we were through there was a two hour lineup. The other exhibits were good too. Not too flashy but entertaining and educational.... More 

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Sylvie O, Responsable relations clients at La Cite de la Mer, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit even if it was a little crowdy the day of your visit. We hope to see you again on your next stay in Cherbourg, Yours Faithfully, Sylvie OLLIVIER More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Cite de la mer is located in the old train station and passenger terminal, used by the people traveling to the US for instance with the famous Titanic. The building contains a great exhibition on the marine biology research and diving into the sea to great depths, it has an huge fish tank with various colorful fish. Upon entering you... More 

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Sylvie O, Responsable relations clients at La Cite de la Mer, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your nice comments. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit. Come back to see us again, Yours faithfully, Sylvie OLLIVIER More 

Blackpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a really good place to visit , seems expensive but well worth the money , could easily spend 4 or 5 hours here . The submarine is excellent and the aquarium is great , well worth a visit .

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Good afternoon and thank you for your kind message. We hope to see you again on your next trip to France. Yours faithfully, Sylvie OLLIVIER More 

Cluain Dolcáin, Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I went there in July while on a vacation and spent the whole afternoon with members of my family, all grown ups but probably dying to experience the magic of past and present. You may visit the aquarium with all colourful tropical fish, past submersible and learn the fantastic of this human venture, which is actually more recent than the... More 

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Sylvie O, Responsable relations clients at La Cite de la Mer, responded to this review

Good morning and thank you for all these nice comments. We are happy that everyone has enjoyed the visit and we feel very proud in reading your contribution. We hope to see you again on your next holidays in France, Yours faithfully, Sylvie OLLIVIER More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We went as the leaflet looked great but when we got there it seemed everyone had the same idea. We queued for over half an hour to then find out two of the exhibitions weren't suitable to our children (both under 5) and one was shut due to over crowding. For the money for us it was a bit of... More 

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Sylvie O, Responsable relations clients at La Cite de la Mer, responded to this review

Good afternoon, thank for your contribution . It’s always more crowdy when the weather is not good. For the submarine, children under 5 are not allowed to visit for safety reasons and the exhibition « walking into the depths »has limited places so ,it’s better to come during the morning (when it’s possible) to be sure to visit it. We... More 

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