Cherbourg is a town in Lower Normandy, France.
Cherbourg is easily accessible from Normandy and the rest of France and is around 4 h from Paris and around 7 h from Bordeaux. There is not much traffic except during rush hours. There is limited parking close to the old town and you may have to pay for it during the day.
Cherbourg can be reached from Paris St Lazare on a direct train, otherwise there are services to Brittany and to (sometimes) the southwest of France. Gare de Cherbourg is about 5 minutes' walk from the old town. It is also close to some hotels and a Carrefour but it is difficult to find food near the station.
Brittany Ferries operates a regular cross-channel service from Poole that takes about 5 hours. Frequency varies depending on the time of year.
A decent enough network of buses runs round the town, but everything can be reached by foot
- The docks where the Titanic made one of its last stops before sinking. This is right next to the ferry terminals.
- La Cité de la Mer (link) is a maritime museum situated in the restored trans-Atlantic railway terminal in Cherbourg. Visitors can explore an aquarium, an ocean diving area, an exhibit about the Titanic and a French nuclear submarine. The monument was built in 1933 and the museum was opened in 2002. It is a 10 minute walk from the old town and costs €18 for adults.
- Château des Ravalet (link) is in Tourlaville (you will need a car or taxi). It is a picturesque château set in nice parklands and is a popular place for picnics. The interior of the château itself is only opened occasionally, however, the gardens are open daily and are free to access.
- Cafe du Port, 20 Quai de Caligny. All-day service close to the water. €10-€20. edit
- Fifty's Diner, Place du General de Gaulle. Popular diner (mostly French dishes) overlooking a square and the theatre. edit
There are numerous restaurants in the streets and squares of the old town and along the quay.
- There is a campsite to the east of the town and is signposted from the Ferry Terminal.
- Hotel de la Gare, 10 Place Jean Jaures (opposite the train station). Convenient to the train station (5 minutes walk to the old town) and good value. €45+. edit
- Greece, 104 Rue Emmanuel Liais, B.P. 629, ☎ +33 233-100-202 (fax: +33 233-100-203). edit
Phare de Gatteville is located at the north-east point of the Cotentin, about 20 minutes drive from Cherbourg. It is a lovely, peaceful spot, surrounded by fields and villages. For a few euro, you can climb the 349 steps for some incredible views.