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La Cite de la Mer

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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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Lots to do and see- make sure you give yourself enough time!

We went here with a 2 year old more to see the aquarium as she loves watching the fish and it didn't disappoint but was a lot more than just the aquarium. There was a sign saying... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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81 reviews 81 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

There are 4 attractions in one located right at the dockside in Cherbourg, France. We were docked here on a cruise so this is a very convenient place to go if you don't want to venture too far. You can walk around a nuclear submarine, the nuclear bits have been removed but it is good to see. No children are... More 

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

Hello, Thank you for your message. We are happy you enjoyed your journey in Cherbourg during the stop of your ship. Just to clarify, only children under 5 are not allowed for the submarine visit. Very sorry for the audio guide in the attraction, our technic staff have been aware in order to solve the problem. Hope to see you... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Visited Cherbourg with family in the half term of my daughter and I can say that museum worth his place like No 1 attraction in town. Starting the journey in time with all the epochs ideas developments records of the conquest deeply oceans aquatic life ww2 finishing with the lLe Redoubtable .Nice

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Good afternoon, We feel very pleased that you enjoyed your visit, Best regard, Yours faithfully, Sylvie OLLIVIER More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

There are four main parts to this "museum" The nuclear submarine, where you have a walking tour of a real (decommissioned) sub, with an audio guide. Fascinating and not at all clostrophobic! There is the Titanic exhibit, very moving and excellently displayed. There is the undersea exploration display with some very good aquarium tanks, And finally there is an interactive... More 

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

we visited la cite de la mer, during an extra day in port in cherbourg. after seeing all the advertising and reviews, however we found the museum very mixed! the nuclear sub was very intresting along with interactive exhibits, however we found the aquarium so so! mainly 1 big tank and not alot else if you only have a passing... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We went here with a 2 year old more to see the aquarium as she loves watching the fish and it didn't disappoint but was a lot more than just the aquarium. There was a sign saying that the average visiting time was 5 hours and I can understand why. We started off at the aquarium which was a little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

If you are in the Cherbourg area then make sure this is on your list, this wonderful historic building that evokes memories of the golden age of Ocean Liners is in the process of being restore. However the exhibits contained inside and the submarine is well worth spending a few hours to visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is a very different type of museum because it has several very different parts. We originally went just to see the decommissioned nuclear sub, but both the aquarium and the Titanic exhibit were also excellent. In hindsight, we could have spent another hour or so more than the two hours we had there. The aquarium displays were well set... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Irrespective of your age or experience of the seas and oceans you can not fail to be impressed by this outstanding attraction. Please allow a full day to see everything otherwise you will be rushed. There is a good restaurant on site and ample parking. Take the kids or leave the kids and take granny everyone will be entranced at... More 

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Cherbourg-Octeville, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great place to go with children or teenagers. It has many different fish , some you can even touch and I love the jellyfish they are so calming. there are also seahorses. There is also the Titanic expo. During the month of February if you buy a ticket you can get the yearly pass for free which... More 

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An absolute marvel Even got Husband in there and he hates museums Allow a good 2-3 hours at least - so much to see and do Not miss the la Redoutable submarine visit which is brilliant Making a return visit in September

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