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“Step back in time.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Parc Samara

Parc Samara
Ranked #7 of 41 things to do in Amiens
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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Step back in time.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Even the rainy weather could not dampen our spirits on a recent day trip to Samara. Not even our limited French could stop us enjoying this fascinating look back in time. This is a well thought out attraction which plays upon the real treasures found in the area harking back to prehistoric times. The very best bits for us were the reconstructed houses. Set up to mirror the way of life of various communities, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, it was marvellous to see the effort they have gone to to re-create the lifestyle. There were people 'occupying' some of the houses; blacksmith, mould maker, coin maker etc and they demonstrated ancient skills and explained how people would have lived. All in French but with plenty of visual aids. Lots for children to join in with and all the families we saw were having a great time despite the rain. The only slight disappointment was that on this visit the demonstrators were not wearing traditional dress but were clad in jeans and t-shirts. From posters displayed we could see that there were days when this was not the case and when they wore more traditional garb. Well served with toilets, seats, stopping points, good balance of indoor and outdoor activities and a good little restaurant on site. As we were leaving they even gave us a postcard to write and send to someone which would give the recipient a free adult ticket on a future visit. All in all a thoroughly great day out and all for just 9 euros per adult. We were also impressed to see they were still building and adding to the site for future visits.

Visited August 2014
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Milan, Italy
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585 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Interesting, Even for Grown-Ups, Even on a Rainy Day”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

Under better weather, I'd probably have enjoyed it even more.
With some rain, we enjoyed walks and information boards along the marais (marsh) and the pre-history museum. The latter tells an interestingly different story of pre-history, managing to mention one single non-French scientist (a Mr. Charles Darwin), and still articulating complex points in interesting and simple approaches. Stone tool reproductions are there for touching, and almost as sharp as to get yourself cut. Then we chose to forfeit the iron age village reproduction, likely as entertaining and interesting.
The herb maze looks derelict, with lots of bushes and herbs, very few labels.

Would go there again, especially with better weather - or with children to take along.

Visited August 2014
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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270 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
“Terrific place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Really worthwhile visiting samara, great layout, suited for taking kids on a long walk through lovely grounds, a herb maze, rope climbing frame, large museum, iron age village with workshops and demonstrations. Lots of areas to picnic and quirky gifts in shop and ice creams. Lovely in all weathers, plenty of parking, popular with locals, been going back every year an not seen any other brits there!

Visited July 2014
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kent england
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Interesting and lots for kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

We always go here, a huge site with walks and trails well planned out. There is an iron age village with demonstrations of weapon making, weaving and the like. It's got a large rope climbing frame and a gret museum with displays in an amazing building. Best to take a picnic and enjoy the quiet of the place on one of the many benches. Nice herb maze, balance beams tipping stones and the like. Plenty of parking and quite near Amiens. Best not to go if it's pouring down though

Visited July 2014
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Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Auto stop to Samara”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

Had a wonderful quick tour of this interesting site...but there is no public transportation to get there...we took the bus there and had to hitch hike (auto stop in french) there, and back to the nearest village with a train to Amiens...But we did get rides with lovely people who went out of their way to help us....Vive la France!

Visited April 2014
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