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“One of the best D-Day museums”

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.
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“One of the best D-Day museums”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We visited on 5 June 2014 so had to sit in the traffic while an event was occurring there. Managed to park right outside and found the indoor museum fascinating with so many personal details of the men involved. The outdoor parts were also excellent and were enhanced for us by being able to watch a drop of about 300 parachutists on 'round' parachutes, over the town.
The presence of veterans of the battle also added to the occasion but the museum as a whole is excellent in its own right.

Visited June 2014
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“How can anyone call this "Tacky"?”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

We have been to this museum many times on our visits to the beaches, it is and has always been well presented. Coupled with a fantastic design to the building it is housed in and you have one of the most poignant reminders of just how much was at stake I am therefore surprised to read on comment calling it "Tacky"

However, this is a living museum about a bridge and its capture in the very early hours of the D-Day landings. Not only can you see the bridge that was replaced in 1994, but you can walk on it! Walk on the very place that those heroes did back in 1994. But it doesn't end there. Inside the building are many artefacts relevant to the capture, some of which were letters that I found a little difficult to read.

There is also a great movie and full relief map with buttons and lights to show you where everything happened. The movie is shown almost continuously and in different languages. It also covers what happened up the road at Merville battery, where only one glider managed to drop its men close enough to attack

Great and clean toilets, lovely souvenir shop with prices that are very good. Make this a stop on your tour, before Arromanches if you can. It is the first link in the chain of events that led to the liberation of Europe

Visited June 2014
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Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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350 reviews
182 attraction reviews
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“Invigorating or madhouse?”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We went here on d- day 2014. Everybody was here and everyone was either role playing in a re enactment, watching and admiring the veterans, trying to be respectful or eating, drinking and screaming. Good to see so many people enjoying freedom, but also feeling at loss at the sight of a spectacle when we wanted a bit of contemplation. Decided to go again on a cold and rainy november- day....

Visited June 2014
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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“Historical and a sense of pride”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We have crossed the bridge many themes now however this year seemed even more poignant as it's the 70th anniversary of d day we have had a coffee and cake at the first house to be liberated which again is a must just to say you have!

Visited May 2014
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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“Excellent overview of the British airborne operation!”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

This is an excellent, modern and spacious museum with ample parking for cars and coaches and there are toilet facilities plus a souvenir shop. The map with digital lights together with the short film clearly illustrate the importance of capturing the bridge over the Orne Canal (and silencing the Merville gun battery) to secure the flank of the British and Canadian beaches against enemy counter-attacks as the main seaborne invasion was launched some seven hours later. The artefacts, photographs and documents are nicely displayed. Outside, the main attraction is the original bridge itself still bearing the scars of battle together with a Bailey bridge and a Horsa glider. All this, coupled with a short stroll to the glider landing site, really brings home what a remarkable and outstandingly successful airborne operation to capture the bridge really was, despite all the obstacles that had to be overcome.

Visited May 2014
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