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La Cite de la Mer

Address: Gare Maritime Transatlantique, 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, France
Phone Number: 33 02 33 20 26 26
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums, Museums
Owner description: Come and visit La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, a family attraction all about man’s adventures under...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Aquariums, Museums
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.
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Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We went with the complete family including teenagers and grandparents. The visit of the nuclear submarine 'Le Redoutable' was remarkable and very interesting. Worth the trip itself. The aquarium was very beautiful. It spans several floors with specific live in all levels. The 'Titanic' exhibition was also very good. If you think of it that the complete building was bombed... More 

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Romiley, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The arrived in Cherburg on a P&O ship and were docked right next to the Cite de la Mer. Very convenient. It cost us 18euro each and was worth every penny. The Cite is split in to 4 attractions - Europe's deepest aquarium - The nuclear submarine Le Redoutable - The Titanic exhibition - An Interactive game The aquarium is... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I visited the aquarium, submarine and Titanic museum and found it very informative. The ticket price of 18 euros is good value for money. I was there for about 2 and half hours but this is not enough time and a full day is required.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We primarily visited the museum as my son was very interested in the nuclear submarine housed there. The submarine was fairly interesting but you have to move through it at quite a pace to keep up with the audio guide. Not suitable for claustrophobics! We then visited the Titanic exhibition which was quite interesting but not well organised as there... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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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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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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