What to do and see in Cherbourg-Octeville, France: The Best Places and Tips

December 2, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Cherbourg-Octeville in France, from Europe region, is best know for Parks. Discover best things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Cherbourg-Octeville

1. Parc Emmanuel Liais

Rue de la Bucaille, 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France +33 2 33 87 88 98
Excellent
39%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 155 reviews

Parc Emmanuel Liais

Reviewed By PhilipM817 - Sydney, Australia

Cherbourg is a lovely little town but there is very little out of the ordinary to see as a tourist. However Parc Emmanuel Liais is a really pleasant little oasis in the centre of the town and is easily missed. I was lucky enough to be there when the rhododendrons were in full bloom and really enjoyed the peaceful seclusion of the place. There is a museum which holds the collections of Emmanuel Liais, apparently a bit of an eccentric and plant lover. Entry to the garden and the museum is free. It is also worth mentioning that there is a public toilet tucked away on one side of the garden.

2. La Cite de la Mer

Gare Maritime Transatlantique, 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France +33 2 33 20 26 26
Excellent
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4 based on 1 reviews

La Cite de la Mer

Come and visit La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, a family attraction all about man’s adventures under the sea, and a must when you are in Normandy. You can spend the whole day here and go round “Titanic, return to Cherbourg”, an exhibition which has its like nowhere else in France. It is on the theme of the celebrated liner, but also on emigration. You will also be able to listen to the Captain of Le Redoutable telling you about his life on board the largest submarine open to the public in the world. Then you will gaze in awe at our 17 Aquariums, including the magical, 11-metre-deep, Abyssal Aquarium.

Reviewed By Modigli - Dorset, England

Housed in the former Cruiseline terminal, we called here on a wet afternoon, having time to kill while waiting for the ferry back to UK. The cavernous hall is very impressive, containing a number of historic submarines. We did not transfer to the adjacent building, whih houses an aquarium, museum and Titanic exhibit as the noticeboard advised to allow 4 to 5 hours (which we did not have ) and, at 18 euros each, it seemed rather expensive.

3. Rade de Cherbourg

50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France +33 6 61 14 03 32
Excellent
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Rade de Cherbourg

Reviewed By PRO69 - Poole, United Kingdom

We took this boat ride, booked through the Tourist Information Office during a short stay in Cherbourg.
The boat was warm and comfortable.
Whilst the commentary is in French, English speakers are given a large folder itemising the trip. This can easily be followed as the trip unfolds.
The harbour was calm with just a few minutes of waves as the boat turned around in the harbour entrance.
A lot of points of interest were passed including wartime fortifications and a salmon farm.
Peter & Jean. :o)

4. Liberation Museum (Musee de la Liberation)

Fort du Roule, 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France +33 2 33 20 14 12
Excellent
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4 based on 142 reviews

Liberation Museum (Musee de la Liberation)

This museum examines the significance of the Battle of Normandy.

Reviewed By Philip C - Bristol, United Kingdom

Walked up the road from the station round the hairpin bends on a lovely sunny day to this reminder of darker days. The museum is well laid out and provides a brief history of the occupation and eventual liberation of the area. The museum is perched on a hillside overlooking Cherbourg and the outside Terrace provides panoramic views of the town. Well worth the effort.
If walking up the hill watch out for crazy drivers !

5. Cidrerie-Distillerie Theo Capelle

1 le Haut de la Lande | Sotteville, 50340 Cherbourg-Octeville, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France +33 2 33 04 41 17
Excellent
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Cidrerie-Distillerie Theo Capelle

Reviewed By nigeljcook - Saffron Walden, UK

Fascinating to see how the cider and calvados is made. Samples available and you can buy on site. Beautiful location, and donkeys for the children.

6. Tourist Office of Cherbourg Cotentin

14 Quai Alexandre III, 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France +33 2 33 93 52 02
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 78 reviews

Tourist Office of Cherbourg Cotentin

The tourist office of Cherbourg Cotentin welcomes tourists all year round.

Reviewed By PRO69 - Poole, United Kingdom

We visited here to book a ride on the harbour tour boat and also the road train.
The young lady who served us was lovely. Friendly and helpful her English was excellent.
Peter & Jean. :o)

7. Musee d'art Thomas-Henry

22 Quai Napoleon, Cherbourg-Octeville, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France +33 2 33 23 39 33
Excellent
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4 based on 33 reviews

Musee d'art Thomas-Henry

Reviewed By Chris Y - Jackson, Wyoming

The Musée Thomas Henry is not on Quai Napoléon. It is now part of the Qasar complex about half a mile away. The official address is Esplanade de la Laïcité but I couldn't find that on a map. However just go to the Rue Vastel and you'll find it.
After struggling to find exactly where it was my visit was a delight. There are some fine paintings from the Renaissance up to the 20th century. An exhibition of the paintings of local artist (Valognes born) Félix Buhot was showing when I was there.

8. Basilique Sainte-Trinite

Rue de l'Abbaye, 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France
Excellent
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Good
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Poor
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4 based on 47 reviews

Basilique Sainte-Trinite

Reviewed By ruthandvern - Wilton, California

We passed this church daily on our bus rides in and out of Cherbourg and finally found it open. The exterior is hauntingly beautiful. The inside is beautiful. The columns are decorated in a way I haven't seen previously. There's an ancient tapestry hanging on the wall. The stained glass windows are generally plain but enchanting in the simplicity. The different gargoyles outside are worth a look by themselves. The carvings and statues inside are impeccable. There is also an excellent statue of St Joan of Arc.

9. Manufacture des Parapluies de Cherbourg

22 Quai Alexandre Iii, 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France +33 2 33 93 66 60
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 48 reviews

Manufacture des Parapluies de Cherbourg

Reviewed By Dutch-Mikey - Normandy, France

This has got to be one of the last umbrella factories where they are made by hand.
The tour is self-guiding and you get to see how umbrellas are made (mostly by hand).
After seeing the movie, you can now buy an original Cherbourg Umbrella. And yes, there's a rather large gift store.

10. Batterie du Roule

Montée des Résistants, 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France +33 6 31 45 25 80
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 25 reviews

Batterie du Roule

Reviewed By Peter H - Horsham, United Kingdom

Although there's not a lot to see in the actual rock tunnels, when you come out into the gun emplacements its very good and there's a superb view of Cherbourg.
The guide was very knowledgeable and really knew his stuff, so listen to him. Do follow his instructions and don't interrupt him when he's talking - don't worry, he's a great guy and will ask for questions!
Also, look out for the bats hanging from the rock ceiling.

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