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“Fish and fowl - odd combination makes this more than just a wet-weather escape”
Review of L'Aquashow

L'Aquashow
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Audierne
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Come and discover the mysteries of the depths of the Brittany sea in our aquarium : conger eels, lobsters, rays and sharks, seahorses, etc. The Atlantic will surprise you! You can see over 150 species in 1,800m2, with giant tanks, a touch pool, a discovery zone, even a fish nursery, etc. Brittany's coast and ocean will keep none of their secrets from you. Wonder at our bird show. Within a beautiful park situated at the mouth of the Goyen river, birds are displayed flying freely, they may even skim over your head! This 45 minutes presentation is divided into four parts : birds local to the estuary, diurnal birds of prey, nocturnal birds of prey, and the Great Cormorant. (French spoken)
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Fish and fowl - odd combination makes this more than just a wet-weather escape”
Reviewed 18 August 2012

Brittany has its share of two holiday curses - wet weather (as in pouring, sideways rain) and an embarrassment of 'attractions' ("Crepe-Land, FishVille, the Butter Experience - over the top claims for dusty sheds with nothing to do since 1874)... I therefore had only mediocre expectations as I approached the massive carpark of Aqualand in the pouring rain...

The aquarium at Brest is a real world-leader so the promise of tanks of fish and a 'touching pool' seemed a bit feeble, but it was close and we liked Audierne...

What a surprise though. The place is in four sections: some fish in open tanks (carp, bream, pike, that sort of thing) then - er - birds of prey. Desultory-looking but awesome owls, the 'duke of Europe', snowy owls... Impressive (although I hate seeing them in cages). Then the odd blue-gloss-paint amphitheatre with a massive fish tank... This was for the live bird display. Again, I expected it to be cheesy, but WOW they had egrets, owls, a kite of some sort and then a stunning bald eagle. The birds were flying between handlers in the crowd and swooping low enough to take off any stray toupes. The show ended with diving cormorants cleaning out the pool of some released trout.

The commentary was live, fun and informative.

Then there was the deep ocean tanks and these were well-presented and really interesting. Finally the 'touching pool' where Equity-accredited, hardened fish suffer prodding, lifting, chasing and handling by squealing kids and adults alike. Great fun - I just hope that the fish only have to do a couple of sessions each a week ;)

The staff were very friendly indeed and helpful - it's a social enterprise/Co-op where the staff banded together a couple of years ago to save the place when local authority cuts threatened closure.

There's a decent enough basic restaurant too (crepes, steak hache and triple-fried frittes, usual fare) with a round covered outdoor area that looks over the river.

From a low expectation I found that nearly 5 hours had gone by very enjoyably with lots of learning and a good few 'wow's. The kids really enjoyed it too.

Cost of entry was about €44 (two adults, three kids).

Once you're in Audierne make sure you allow a hour to wander around the town - a real Breton treat - and if you have a whole day then heading out to Point Du Raz makes a great venue for a suset picnic.

Visited August 2012
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“Top Class”
Reviewed 18 July 2012

Good value and a whole days entertainment for the family

Visited June 2012
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“Not what you expect, bald eagles skimming over your head wow!!”
Reviewed 12 July 2012 via mobile

I always found aquariums to be repetitive, up until now that is. The reception staff seemed a bit bored but it was a quiet day and they were still pleasant and helpful enough. I went in and saw a few tethered birds and thought here we go.... We had a few minutes to wait before the bird show so we went through some of the aquarium, it turned out to be well put together with some explanations in English. After that we returned to the stage for the bird show. It started out with some advice about safety, mainly in French but with English as well. If you don't have any French you will miss interesting facts but it won't spoil it as there was enough english explanation. The start of the show is okay an egret flying about, you can let it land on you then a barn owl flying silently overhead building up through various raptors to the bald eagle, then the show of the cormarants funny and interesting at the same time. After that the aquarium takes around 40 minutes to view and see the exhibits, great tank with sharks and other big fish and a touch pool for the kids. Overall it's worth a visit if you are near Quimper if only for the bald eagle, there is a website so check for times of the shows to make it worthwhile.

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