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“Fantastic views” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Meteosite du Mont Aigoual

Meteosite du Mont Aigoual
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Montpellier
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“Fantastic views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

The temperature at the top of Mont Aigoual doesn't really get above 15°C, so it's a fantastic spot to escape the heat of the coast and get blown about a bit. The free weather museum is very interesting although not at all hands-on. It's made up of information panels on clouds and the weather, with some interesting videos, a collection of weather forecast equipment, and the story of how the castle came to be built, and why. There's also a professional meteorologist who gives demonstrations. The shop is full of interesting items linked to the weather, meteorology and nature. I bought a book on local edible plants for salads.
From the top of the tower, you can see as far as 250km away - the coast, Mont Ventoux, Pic St Loup and over towards the Pyrenees. There is a picnic spot by the castle with tables and benches if the wind is not too strong, otherwise you can buy something to eat at the snack bar which also has a little souvenir shop.
There are a number of walking paths the start from or nearby the castle. We did the Chemin des Botanistes which was short and sweet, along a precipitous path around the top of Mont Aigoual. Great day out.

Visited July 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Stunning views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

Although this is allegedly the wettest place in France, on a clear day you can see (almost) for ever. The lookout tower with its orientation table is fascinating although some of the distant points depend a bit on imagination to believe that you can see them. The exhibitions about meteorology are interesting and the old instruments in the museum a hint of how it used to be. Didn't try the cafe but its there if you need it. Visit time of 1-2 hours would be about right unless you're a weather fanatic.

Visited June 2014
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Norwich, Uk
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“Fascinating museuam on top of a mountain!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

You can drive up or walk up to Mt Aigoual, the highest point of the S. Cevennes, and on a clear day you can see Mont Blanc on one side and the Mediterranian on the other. The museum tells you all about climate and weather in that region. It has some beautiful pictures and videos of cloud formations, sunsets and so on, and a very engaging quiz as you go round, which is suitable for children and adults alike. A really enjoyable day out.

Visited July 2013
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