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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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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Whilst in Cherbourg we visited La Cite de la Mer. We went for something to eat first at the onsite restaurant which was a great experience. Met by friendly staff and chose our own table. Menus were in French and our waitress didn't speak too much English however she quickly (without any requirement from us, just to be helpful) went... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I have visited museums all over the world, and this museum was the worst money I have ever spent. It is expensive. The museum is disorganized. The staff is rude and disrespectful. The exhibits are outdated and uninteresting. The aquarium and the Titanic exhibits are poorly designed. Worst was the "Walk through the Sea" which looks like a bad animatronic... More

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crickhowell
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Really liked the nuclear sub, very interesting visit. There is a lot to see. Highly recommended for a rainy day

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Penzance
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This was our second visit and it was just as good as the first two years ago. Definitely something for everyone, from the massive Aquarium to the nuclear Submarine, from the Café to the simulator we loved every minute. The drive through Cherbourg to get there is a bit mad to be honest but I guess that's to be expected.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

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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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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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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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