Discovering Cherbourg, Cotentin

  • The cité de la mer - Cherbourg Cotentin

    The cité de la mer - Cherbourg Cotentin

    © La Cité de la Mer - H.Drouot

  • The ocean centre

    The ocean centre

    © La Cité de la Mer

  • The big gallery of machines and men

    The big gallery of machines and men

    © La Cité de la Mer

  • The redoutable, the undersea centre - the cité de la Mer - Cherbourg

    The redoutable, the undersea centre - the cité de la Mer - Cherbourg

    © A SIPA PRESS

  • Le musée de la Libération - Cherbourg, Cotentin

    Le musée de la Libération - Cherbourg, Cotentin

    © Office de tourisme de Cherbourg, Cotentin

  • Cruise in Cherbourg

    Cruise in Cherbourg

    © Hague à part

  • Exhibition at the Point du Jour - Cherbourg Cotentin

    Exhibition at the Point du Jour - Cherbourg Cotentin

    © Office de tourisme de Cherbourg, Cotentin

  • The Public gardens of Cherbourg

    The Public gardens of Cherbourg

    © Office de tourisme de Cherbourg, Cotentin

Discovering Cherbourg, Cotentin 50 Cherbourg fr

The Cité de la Mer

This is a theme park dedicated to the great adventure of man beneath the sea. Myths and legends to current diving techniques - visitors discover how man has come to an understanding of the underwater world ... Through a interactive and fun-filled show, visitors discover this exciting adventure! …

  • The ‘Titanic, Return to Cherbourg’ path
    The Cité de la Mer has opened a permanent exhibition, unique in France of more than 2500 m²: ‘Titanic, Return to Cherbourg’. Visitors will be immersed in the history of European emigration to the New World and then will then go to the area devoted to the Titanic by going along the reconstructed hull. Using surprising film techniques such as the optical theatre and authentic testimonies, young and old alike can relive the crossing Cherbourg - Queenstown - North Atlantic all the way to the sinking.
  • The undersea centre
    Devoted to the technological and human adventure around these machines that explore the depths of the sea. The highlight of the visit: discovering the Redoutable, the largest submarine in the world open to visits!
  • The big gallery of machines and men
    In the reception lobby, a unique collection of iconic deep-sea diving machines: Through photos, videos and testimonies, visitors will discover the entire international adventure of man under the sea.
  • The ocean centre
    Children and adults alike will marvel at the Abyssal Aquarium, the deepest in Europe!   More than 1,000 tropical fish evolve in an abyssal fault of 10.70 meters depth. During his visit, the visitor will also discover 16 other theme pools including the touch pool.
  • “We walked under the sea"
    A virtual adventure for the whole family. Visitors will be prepared before embarking on a journey under the sea to discover an underwater oasis and wondrous creatures.

Liberation Museum

Housed in a former military fort of the 2nd Empire, at the top of the Montagne du Roule, with a breathtaking view of the city and its harbour, this museum chronologically traces the steps of the 2nd World War, from the exodus to the liberation of Cherbourg.

Sea trips

Discover the largest artificial harbour in the world, its levees, its forts and surroundings of the old sea terminal with many theme excursions.

Highlight of the Day – Publisher Art Centre

This is a new art centre, specialised in photography, which especially combines exhibitions, residencies and publication.

Italian theatre

The Théâtre d’Or, nicknamed by the Cherbourg people for its external and internal refinement. Listed as a Historical Monument since 1984. It was built in the late nineteenth century and is one of the jewels of the latest generation of Italian theatres in France.

Cherbourg umbrella factory

Live guided tour of the site, real time discovery of the making of a real Cherbourg umbrella.

Viking ship "Dreknor"

Historical replica of one of the largest Viking warships of 850. The ship will sail this summer to Britany to represent the city at "Tonnerres de Brest 2012" and the maritime celebrations of Douarnenez.

Emmanuel Liais Park and the Natural History Museum

Composed of over 400 varieties of plants, the park and its greenhouses collect a surprising and exotic plant heritage. Listed as "Remarkable Garden" in 2006. The alleys of the park are punctuated by the Liais museum, Science Library and the basin and Observatory Tower.

The public gardens of Cherbourg

It consists of remarkable trees, ponds, a zoo, a playground and an educational chicken run. The Bandstand is the only remaining one in Cherbourg.

Nautical activities

Cotentin has an attractive nautical facade by the diversity of its spots and possible practices. Beginners or experienced people can go sailing, sea rowing, surfing, kayaking, water skiing, fun boarding, land yachting, diving, kitesurfing, waveski, and many more

Things to see