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Fascinating piece of social history.

We walked from Banyuls along the coast path, it took about an hour and a quarter and is stunning... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
AGuide
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South West England, United Kingdom
A great place for an early morning swim

I love this place. A really well maintained nature reserve now with a great history around Nobel's... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Simon L
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 October 2018

We walked from Banyuls along the coast path, it took about an hour and a quarter and is stunning. The site itself is a nice mixture of industrial history, gardens and the beach. Although I would have enjoyed a swim, we left the beach and...More

Thank AGuide
Reviewed 27 August 2018

I love this place. A really well maintained nature reserve now with a great history around Nobel's dynamite factory that was located there. Great place for swimming, a shady space back from the beach and an interesting boat building workshop of local boats. The exotic...More

Thank Simon L
Reviewed 12 May 2018

This centre was originally a Nobel linked dynamite factory that closed some years ago and was left in ruins for many years but the Conseille General has sensitively developed the site as a parkland, museum, simple bio drinks bar and pleasure ground. There is excellent...More

Thank Ted H
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This site was a revelation: a dynamite factory since Alfred Nobel's days until 1984. Very nice well-maintained park for walks all the way to the small cove with a beach. Site used to house the dynamite factory and provide living quarters for workers and families...More

Thank Zuzka E
Reviewed 14 September 2017

We visited with friends. The actual exhibition was closed even though it said it was open! Nice walk round but I would not really recommend a visit here unless you want a picnic on the beach.

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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Have visited many times and find it a beautiful, peaceful place. Excellent exhibition/interpretation panels about the history of Paulilles in French and English. Staff are always very friendly and knowledgeable. There are always new things to see in the temporary exhibition hall and the boat...More

Thank sian999
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The site was formerly the dynamite factory, where explosives were manufactured for the French forces. It closed after a massive explosion (last of many) and remained derelict until recently. There is a decent visitor centre with interesting displays. It is a large site, where children...More

Thank Misterfish66
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Beautifully restored - must have cost a mint - but something France does so well! Lots of space for kids to run around. Nice little beach. Boat restoration exhibition an additional interest. Good for small kids, older ones, parents and grandparents alike. Plenty of parking...More

Thank Wendy W
Reviewed 19 July 2016

It's an historic place of our recent history (closed up in 1984), a dynamite factory placed on a wonderful beach, and used to be a small city. The live of the workers is well described in the interesting museum hosted in the ex director house,...More

Thank aa27
Reviewed 18 June 2016

This is an old dynamite factory that's been reclaimed and repurposed as a museum set in a lovely park with it's own beach. We spent several hours here strolling around the various exhibits and areas and then sat under a tree and basically chilled. It's...More

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