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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

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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Cité de la mer is well worth its €18 entrance fee. The star of the Museum is the nuclear submarine Le Redoutable: visitors are guided by a personal audio-guide that explains in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Marijana L
Geneva, Switzerland
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent 3 hours touring La Cite de la Mer. There is something for everybody who likes anything related to maritime. Just check the stylish hall where the trains used to leave the lucky ones who were going to cross the Atlantic in good old times...or walk through the giant nuclear submarine after which you might enjoys the aquarium with... More 

Thank MikatheFinn
Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have visited this place a couple of years ago, and just wanted to return. And it is even better than before. With the funny 'heroes' movie-attraction, the nuclear submarine - with splendid audio-guide -, the departure hall and exhibition on the Titanic, and the aquarium... it was all fun and just worth visiting and making a small detour in... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one great place. The Titanic exhibition is unforgettable. And, if you are into submarines... forget about it! FANTASTIC. Do not miss this place if you are visiting Cherbourg.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cité de la mer is well worth its €18 entrance fee. The star of the Museum is the nuclear submarine Le Redoutable: visitors are guided by a personal audio-guide that explains in sufficient detail the structure and function of the vessel as well as life of its crew on board. It has given me a better understanding of what Cold... More 

1 Thank Marijana L
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on foot so a bit of a trek but once there it was well worth the visit, in the foyer every type of submarine you could imagine so plenty of photo opportunities. The staff were friendly with good English and very helpful too. Leave plenty of time there is so much to see and do good for children... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Greta visit and brilliant value using our 2 for 1 offer with the Brittany ferry tickets. All we had to do was show the e ticket on the mobile. The aquarium is great but not as good as others. however some of the small tanks are really good, with excellent little info boards in French and English. The star of... More 

Thank David B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here before the ferry back to England with the 2 for 1 Brittany ferries offer and very happy we did. The simulator ride is more for kids but adults enjoyed it to, it takes about 30 mins in total. The Redoutable submarine is a fantastic visit and by giving audioguides (rather than guided tours like the sub in Portsmouth)... More 

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State of Santa Catarina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The plaza is nice, a good break from the tough sea; The maritime museum La Cite de la Mer its kind a expensive for the access but still a good experience, not a common thing to find. Would recommend for couples or people with an... "more experience". Kind a easy to bore young minds :/

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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were stuck in Cherbourg due to bad weather on a sailing trip so this was the perfect way to spend a few hours. The submarine museum, aquarium and the tour of the first French nuclear submarine " La Redoutable" we're all excellent. You should not miss the simulator ride at the end which was good fun for all ages.

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well laid out exhibits with captions in English.Great temporary Titanic section at the moment.Brittany Ferries clients get 2 for 1 entry.

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