Cherbourg (also known as Cherbourg-Octeville since it merged with Octeville in 2000) can be found on the northern tip of the Cotentin peninsular in France.
There is a lot of maritime history here, especially when Cherbourg Harbour is taken into account.
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It has also been the reason for a number of wars since both France and England have always been interested in owning it. Luckily for the French, Louis XVI turned Cherbourg into a huge naval base with one of the best navies in the world (at the time), and Napoleon took advantage of that.
Although a lot of Cherbourg is fairly built up there are still some beautiful and ancient sites to be seen there. These include the Parc Emmanuel Liais. This rather surprising yet attractive and fascinating exotic garden is right in the heart of the city.
Within this wonderful garden is the even stranger Museum Emmanuel Liais. This is a place known as a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ and it has some incredibly bizarre collections and artefacts within it. And best of all, it’s free!
The Liberation Museum is another must-see. The museum is located in an ancient fort which was an important strategic hideout for the Resistance during World War II. The museum shows details of the Normandy landings and the Resistance itself.
Ferries and cruises to Cherbourg
|Poole Cherbourg||1 daily||4¼ hours||See prices °|
|Portsmouth Cherbourg||10 weekly||3 hours||See prices °|
|Portsmouth Cherbourg||1 weekly||5 hours||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
Taster Cruise Ship Itineraries
|Cruise line||Typical itinerary||Prices|
|Southampton; Dover; Portsmouth Ports such as Cherbourg||See prices|
|Southampton; Harwich Ports such as Cherbourg||See prices|
|Southampton Ports such as Cherbourg||See prices|
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