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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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Strabane, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Terrible exhibits. Way overpriced for what it is. The Titanic exhibition was embarrasingly poor. Wouldn't go back.

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Went for the whole day. Tour of submarine was fantastic as was the commentry; titanic experince was also very good. However from that point on visit went downhill. The walk under the sea was dreadful. Kept expecting something to happen and it didn't, graphics like some poor 1980's b movie. Full of double entendres which my 14 year old found... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Even if you haven't got a late ferry crossing to wait for this is a great place to while away 6 hours. The Titanic exhibition was utterly absorbing.The aquarium area was smallish but had plenty to keep both adults and children entertained. The trip inside an ex nuclear submarine was interesting and the journey 'under the sea' was pretty tongue... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Having watched the "Gare Maritime" sadly decay over the last 30 years it refreshing how the site has been saved through typical Gallic imagination and engineering expertise to create a highly worth while experience. The tour of the "La Redoubtable" submarine with an excellent English commentary was the highlight although a brochure in English summarizing the key points would have... More

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Journey under the sea is hysterical for English speakers. Some of the translator is a bit 'lost' in translation! The little movie at the end is great fun. The tour around the nuclear submarine is really interesting especially with teenagers who like engineering. The aquarium is average compared to some other places I have visited in the world but nevertheless... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We visited this museum without having children with us. The submarine and the Titanic exhibitions were great! I found less appeal to the rest of the museum. The "dining area" was a bit of a shambles hence we decided to leave and eat elsewhere.

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East Cowes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Large museum divided into four sections - the "marché sous la mer" interactive bit which I would echo previous reviews in being suitable for small kids and not much else (they provide headsets for English and a few other languages so you can follow what's going on, but mine didn't work unless I held the headphone jack in place with... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I couldn't work out what this place was trying to be - a small aquarium? a Maritime museum? and the Titanic exhibition was a little out of place - the ship was in port for 4 hours and they have managed to make it the most important thing ever! the worst aspect was the waitress in the restaurant - incredibly... More

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

What a fantastic display. The huge aquarium alone is worth the entrance fee. There are also lots of smaller aquariums and a 'petting' pool with rays and dogfish in. Multitudes of fish, crustaceans, jellyfish, and anemones in the various aquariums. The Titanic exhibition was very atmospheric and moving. We spent so long in the aquarium we didn't get time to... More

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Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The nuclear submarine visit is great, especially perhaps for boys! The aquarium has a pool where you are allowed to touch some fish, my children enjoyed this experience. The Titanic Exhibition is good, very interactive. The 'sous de la mer' simulation experience is only good for primary school aged children - disappointing for everyone else. None of the English language... More

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