Visit Cherbourg

Visit the port city of Cherbourg

Cherbourg is one of the great Channel ports which is both rich in history and offers so much for visitors to see and do. Situated on the tip of a peninsula in Lower Normandy, which has recently been named the most desirable region in Europe, this historical city features a must-see monument of Napoleon on horseback in the heart of the city. Napoleon is still highly regarded here, and his ashes were even returned to Cherbourg after he died.

Cherbourg’s location is stunning with steep, wooded hillsides leading down to the deep harbour.

Cherbourg was also once France’s key port for the huge ocean liners that crossed the Atlantic and it was even the Titanic’s very last port of call before it started the next leg of its fateful voyage.

It also has a wide choice of museums and gardens and the cities of Caen and Rouen are also within easy reach.

What to see in Cherbourg

What to see in Cherbourg?

Cité de la Mer is a fantastic exhibition centre with four main areas to visit. The centrepiece is the decommissioned nuclear submarine Redoubtable which is now a museum and the largest underwater craft in the world. Nearby is the cylindrical aquarium containing sea creatures. There is also an underwater expedition experience using VR and digitised displays. The fourth area incorporates exhibitions about the city’s maritime history.

The Musée Thomas Henry features works by local artists while the Museum Emmanuel Liais covers archaeology and ethnography including many fine pieces from ancient Egypt.

Musée del la Liberation tells the military history of Cherbourg and is set in an old fort with spectacular views.

You can also take an hour-long cruise around the harbour visiting a number of the abandoned fortifications or visit to the __Château de Ravalet Garden__s.

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