Cherbourg saw, during half a century, thousands of immigrants boarding for the New World. Stars also embarked here for New-York: Charlie Chaplin, Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Salvador Dali... From art to nature, you will find in Cherbourg multiple opportunities to enlighten your stay: the Thomas Henry Museum, the former Royal mirror-glass factory, the heights of the Roule mountain (117 metres), the sea views from the “Hauts de Capel” park…
The largest artificial harbour in the world
Created during the 18th Century, the artificial harbour of Cherbourg is a remarkable ensemble of military architecture (1500 hectares). The fortifications shelter the city as well as its military activities, the port of commerce, the fishing port, the marina and the ferry terminal.
Jardins et parcs
The floral parks of Martinvast and of the chateau of Ravalet, the park of Museum Emmanuel Liais and the public garden are all examples of the town’s botanical assets. Cherbourg bears the signs of a tradition dating back to maritime expeditions, when explorers returned from far reached lands with exotic plant species.
The Emmanuel Liais museum
Take a step back in time and visit the botanical park and museum of natural history, archaeology and ethnography of the 19th Century.
The floral park of Martinvast
The floral park of the Martinvast chateau (100 hectares) consists of woods, meadows, lakes and waterfalls. Originally a French garden it has been transformed into an English park.
Coulours and scents in the Ravalet garden
Somewhere between an English garden and a garden “à la française”, the park of the Ravalet château is an ideal spot for a romantic stroll in Cotentin. The property (18 hectares) also boasts a beautiful 19th Century rotunda greenhouse.
Port of call for transatlantic liners, Cherbourg also welcomed the mythical Titanic. On 10th April 1912, Cherbourg was the liner’s ultimate port of call on its maiden voyage. 281 passengers boarded the Titanic here.
La Cité de la Mer
Situated in the old transatlantic harbour station of Cherbourg, La Cité de la Mer is a scientific theme park devoted to human adventure under the sea. The submarine “le Redoutable” is open to visitors. Take a virtual tour to the bottom of the ocean and discover sea life in the abyssal aquarium...
1944: Cherbourg 1st port in Europe
Liberated on 26th June 1944, the port of Cherbourg remained, until the end of the war, the first port in Europe and a strategic point for resupplying. At the top of the Roule “mountain”, which concealed in its bowels a strategic military site, the Fort du Roule museum retraces World War II events in Cherbourg.