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La Cite de la Mer

Gare Maritime Transatlantique, 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, France
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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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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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352 reviews 352 reviews
136 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We spent 4 1/2 hours there - that says it all! We're professional "speed tourists" and expected to be out within a couple of hours maximum! It is just brilliant! Educational, stimulating and amusing and well worth the entry fee. The simulator trip was good fun, the redoubtable submarine fascinating and the Titanic exhibition quite moving. Everything is well presented... More

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Caen, France
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8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Come on, go for it! Where can you walk through a nuclear submarine one moment and a great aquarium an hour later? That aquarium is impressive to say the least (the jellyfish tank is a marvel) and makes you forget that you were so claustrophobic an hour earlier. The Titanic departure hall is impressive but only when you can imagine... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

You need a full morning or afternoon to do this museum justice. It is located in an impressive old maritime station complex and the great entrance hall contains a number of old submarines and a well stocked gift shop. The Titanic Exhibition begins in the large baggage handling room with clever interactive video features then proceeds to the exhibition proper.... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We didn't go around the museum as we considered that a dose of radiation and yet another celebration of the sinking of the Titanic not worth the rather large fee. However, the walk around the free exhibit of submarines was interesting and lunch in the restaurant very good!

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Dublin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Our 9:30pm sailing to Rosslare meant that we (2 adults, 3 kids aged 9, 7, 5) had time to kill in Cherbourg so along we went. The nuclear submarine tour was interesting (probably not going to set the younger pulse racing) and the Titanic exhibition is fine (we've been to the equivalents in Cobh and Belfast so we might have... More

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Visited Cherburg on a cruise and my wife and I were the only visitors from the ship which is a shame as the rest of the passengers missed a real treat which for us was one of the highlights of the cruise on Discovery.The visit begun with Lexploration which was amusing and interesting followed by a visit through a nuclear... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

Spent the whole day here and there was plenty to do. We loved the decommissioned submarine (not suitable for under fives) and the titanic story too. The other two exhibits were fun and entertaining! We paid 17 euros each to get in and thought we got good value for our money. There is nothing to stop you taking yr own... More

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Yarm, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We visited with our two children, aged 4 and 6 years, we all really enjoyed it. We were a bit unsure about "the walk under the sea" having read some variable reviews, but it is great for primary school aged children, and we were howling with laughter at the final film. The nuclear submarine isn't suitable for under 5's, but... More

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Meaux, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

It is interesting to visit a nuclear submarine, but the visit is prohibited for children under 5 years and you can not enter if there is no one with whom to leave your little child. Exhibition dedicated to the Titanic is powerful, particularly the simulation of the final hours of the ship. Aquariums are well made. Intriguing are the models... More

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

really well laid out and thoughtful attraction. the submarine attraction with all the interactive "training" zone was excellent and we had difficulty prising the little ones away. the titanic exhibition was very well done but the giant visuals proved to be too scary for the 3 and 6 year old.. overall excellent at 49 euros for the family

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