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Your Essential Travel Guide To Cherbourg
Visit the port city of Cherbourg

Cherbourg travel guide

At the top of Normandy's western Cotentin Peninsula lies Cherbourg - an important commercial, ferry and military port along the English Channel.

The city has a rich seafaring history and was the RMS Titanic's first port of call before its fateful voyage. It was also France’s key port for ocean liners that crossed the Atlantic. Explore the harbour, enjoy sprawling coastline views and its long, sandy beaches.

If you're planning a trip to this beautiful destination, our guide covers the best restaurants, hotels and things to do for a perfect stay. And, once you’re ready to explore, book exciting experiences and attractions with the help of GetYourGuide!

What to see in Cherbourg

Why visit Cherbourg?

Cherbourg combines fascinating history, spectacular nature and a diverse culinary scene.

Visit the Cité de la Mer Museum (The City of the Sea), home to a unique Titanic exhibition and the world's largest submarine, Le Redoutable. Or explore the Fort du Roule for picture-perfect views of the naval arsenal and yachting marina. La Plage Verte is also nearby, a green oasis for unwinding and enjoying Cherbourg's pleasant atmosphere.


Things to do in Cherbourg

Whether you want to learn about the local history, stroll around Cherbourg's vast green spaces or unwind along the marina, this city has it all.

If the sun is shining, you’re in luck. Cherbourg is packed with exciting outdoor attractions, so get ready to explore!

Looking for things to do in Cherbourg on a rainy day? Visit one of the local museums to learn more about Cherbourg's maritime heritage.

Below, we've picked some of the best things to do come rain or shine.

Harbour surrounding Fort du Roule

Fort du Roule

Crowning the Roule Mountain's summit, the Fort du Roule is a collection of French and German fortifications from the 19th and 20th centuries. The first fortifications were built in 1793 to protect the city from English attacks, while Napoleon II commissioned the others. Walk around the fort for beautiful harbour and coastline views.

Château des Ravalet Gardens - Cherbourg

Château des Ravalet Gardens

On Cherbourg's eastern outskirts, the Château des Ravalet Gardens are one of the area's highlights. The beautiful 16th-century Renaissance-style castle is surrounded by lush gardens with ponds, rare trees and a greenhouse, making it a great day out.

Le Redoutable - Cherbourg

Cité de la Mer

No trip to Cherbourg is complete without a visit to the Cité de la Mer. This museum features the world's largest nuclear submarine (Le Redoutable), a Titanic exhibition, virtual underwater expeditions and a cylindrical aquarium.

Musée Thomas Henry - Cherbourg

Musée Thomas Henry

The Museum des Beaux-Arts Thomas Henry was founded after several anonymous donations to the city, which later turned out to have been made by Thomas Henry. Henry was the town councillor and an art critic who wanted to make art accessible to young people. The museum has over 300 artworks today, mainly paintings from the 15th to the 19th century.

Cocktails - Cherbourg

Where to drink in Cherbourg

Up for an evening drink? Cherbourg's vibrant nightlife offers endless possibilities, whether you want to dance your socks off or unwind after a busy day. Some of the best bars include:

  • Shake it: Confidential Cocktail Club: Serving over 1,500 spirits and 40 cocktails, Shake it is your go-to place for long and short drinks, tiki cocktails and more.
  • Le Bayou: This cosy beer hall offers delicious food, beers and live entertainment year-round.
  • Black Dog Café: Whether you fancy a drink or a bite to eat, this bar has you covered. Enjoy traditional French cuisine, live music and a spacious beer garden on summer days.
Plate of food - Eating in Cherbourg

Where to eat in Cherbourg

Whether celebrating a special occasion or grabbing a quick bite, Cherbourg's culinary scene is a real treat. Find some of the best restaurants below.

  • Maître Corbeau
    Rustic, warm and cosy, Maître Corbeau offers an authentic French experience with delicious local dishes. The menu caters for all tastes, with over 40 cheese-based recipes.
  • Le Melting Pot
    Tucked away in one of Cherbourg's cobbled alleys, Le Melting Pot showcases a simple yet flavourful menu with traditional French dishes like cassoulet (a slow-cooked stew made with beans and meat) and poulet satay (sliced marinated chicken skewers served in a peanut sauce).
  • L'Armoire à Délices
    Overlooking Cherbourg's marina, L'Armoire à Délices has a restaurant, a tearoom, and a deli, so you can enjoy the local delicacies and bring some home.
Napoleon monument, Cherbourg

Where to stay in Cherbourg

Whether in the heart of the action or on the outskirts, Cherbourg's hotels cater to all budgets. See some of the best below.

  • Le Manoir de la Fieffe: Set amid beautiful countryside on Cherbourg's outskirts, Le Manoir de la Fieffe promises complete relaxation. This 16th-century Norman manor house has four bedrooms, a library and ample outdoor space.
  • Hotel Chantereyne: Along Cherbourg's marina, Hotel Chantereyne offers 50 comfortable bedrooms and prime access to the city's main attractions.
  • Hotel Le Cercle: Situated along Cherbourg's main street, this hotel has 45 modern bedrooms, three meeting rooms and a seminar room. It's the perfect stay for leisure and business trips.
  • Mercure Cherbourg Centre Port: This hotel boasts spectacular views of the yachting marina and provides comfortable, modern accommodation in the city’s heart.

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