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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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A large warm space with plenty to see and do

Situated next to the berth for the Brittany Ferries fast catamaran and Cherbourg town fishing quay so easy to get to. Open from 10 am til 6 pm so also a great escape from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 11, 2016
Susan B
Hythe, United Kingdom
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Epic attraction. The care and thought put into this entire museum/aquarium is so much that it just shows, beautiful, modern exhibits, lots of information and hours of fun. Only the "deep dive" attraction is a bit more dated.

Thank rdohms
County Louth, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I spent a full day visiting the different exhibitions here. They are well laid out/displayed and very informative. The submarine tour was fascinating. well worth the admission of only €18.

Thank P2739HKstephenm
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting museums consisting of three sections being the submarine, aquarium and Titanic museum. We got a voucher from the ports terminal for a 1.5 euro discount so our visit cost 16.5 and was worth every cent. We didn't have nearly enough time as we were on a cruise and only left about 2 hours for the whole visit. Give... More 

Thank jayne135
Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we first arrived, I was a little bit sceptical as to how much value the entrance fee would be. However, after passing through the barrier, our first stop was the aquarium. Wow, really nice seeing all the fish close up in a very deep tank. Several other tanks also to be explored as well, so a great start. From... More 

Thank Andy M
Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's OK but a bit on the pricey side. When you first walk in there are some interesting naval vessels. Then comes the €18 entrance fee, so I just walked out

Thank TherealBillyWhizz
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were docked in port so decided to visit this attraction mainly for the submarine my partner and I found it very interesting but I can not say anything good about the other attractions we found them very boring.Not worth the admission cost

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Alpedrete, Spain
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once you get into the museum, you get surprised by a huge hall full of scientific submarines from different periods. The expectations are great. So was the queue. Before getting in, we are informed that one of the main attractions (walking into the depths) is fully booked so they will apply a discount on the tickets. It was a premonitory... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must visit , not cheap but it is a 5 hour visit. Housed in the old Queen Elizabeth building adjacent to the port. Collection of exploratory sub marines. Mandatory gift shop ,cafe aquarium and submarine in dry dock with commentary in various languages the latter is a must as you explore the interior of the sub.

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County Londonderry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Primarily went to tour the submarine. It's a decommissioned nuclear sub, really informative and worth seeing. There's also a 3 story aquarium with a great range of fish. Snacks and drinks are overpriced, but no more so than any other tourist

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Hythe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Situated next to the berth for the Brittany Ferries fast catamaran and Cherbourg town fishing quay so easy to get to. Open from 10 am til 6 pm so also a great escape from inclement weather. There was plenty of Tourist info available and 2 for one offers so 2 adults would cost 18 € . The large entrance space... More 

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