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Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus)
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Ranville
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Owner description: A memorial to the first British soldiers to arrive in Normandy who captured the Pegasus Bridge from the Nazis.
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Walking across the Original Pegasus Bridge and seeing the bullet holes and shell-scars gives only a fleeting insight of the terror that Major Howard's young men of 6th Airborne must have felt as they captured it to secure the exit from the Beaches and hold back any German Reinforcements. The bridge has been replaced by a more modern structure but the original rests beside the excellent museum a short distance away from the landing site. The museum, including the bridge and other large, outdoor exhibits can be toured in a couple of hours but half a day would be more realistic. We were disappointed with the Cafe Gonville, which seems to exist on its reputation as the first house to be liberated on 6 June. It was dingy and expensive - the little Bistro across the road was more inviting and the prices more reasonable.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

The memorial was nicely displayed and very informative. Make sure you walk across the street down to the river and check out the park area which is well kept.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

We only had a day which limited our choice of museums, fortunately we included Pegasus bridge amongst them. Firstly we visited the new bridge and the memorial stones marking the actual glider landing spots, then we walked over to the museum that includes the original bridge in its grounds. The degree of personalisation was outstanding, the individual soldiers histories were well explained, including a special exhibition in a separate building concentrating on 11 soldiers.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

The visit to the Pegasus memorial was the highlight of our trip to Normandy. It is definitely a memorial not a museum. There are so many personal processions of the soldiers that have been donated by their families which makes it so special. A very nice lady gave us a guided tour, talked us through the large model and took us out to the original bridge and explained and pointed out things that we wouldn't have seen had we walked around solo. I can't recommend this highly enough, we as a family thoroughly enjoyed it and will do a return visit the next time that we are in Normandy. If you visit make sure that you go to the cafe at the side of the new bridge. The lady who owns and runs it was 4 years old when the bridge was liberated and there are many photographs and souvenirs to see there too.

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

When planning our D-Day tour, Pegasus bridge was one of the places we decided we had to visit. I would add to that if you're planning the same tour, that the Pegasus Memorial Museum, is a must.
The history of Pegasus bridge and what happened here on D-Day is well documented. But to see up close and get a feel for what the brave men did is a real eye opener.
The museum has an excellent range of exhibits, photographs, memorabilia and stories to entertain those of all ages. I learnt things about the mission, D-Day and the war that I didn't know.
An hour is the minimum you should allow but you could easily spend 2 or 3 hours here.

1  Thank thedrew85
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