Cherbourg Tourism

Cherbourg is a town in Normandy, France which is well-known for its outstanding museums and a rich yet grim past. It is world famous for its large harbour. It also happens to be one of the last places that Titanic halted on its voyage before meeting its tragic fate.

Cherbourg’s history dates back to the Gallo-Roman period. But the city was mostly recognized after it became a fortress during Anglo-French wars. After railway was built and Napoleon arrived in 1858, the French submarines were built. The port was radically developed during the World War I and a transatlantic station has been built. By 1944, it became the most important port on the Earth. However, it was damaged in the World War II.

The city possesses a peculiar port with an enormous dyke that prevents waves from coming in which is one among many other tourist attractions. Cherbourg also has a large aquarium, number of beaches, museums, parks, gardens, religious constructions and restaurants offering traditional Normandy cuisine.

Cherbourg is an enigma in itself, but one of the must see places in your trip planner. After all, you would be mesmerized by its magnificent coastline, picturesque countryside of the Saire Valley, the beautiful peaks of la Hague and the intoxicating scent of the sea from where you can see the ocean liners crossing the transatlantic.

Essential travel information and Cherbourg tips for your visit

  • Bring along a nice pair of walking shoes if you plan on getting around the town on foot.
  • Also carry weather-gear, especially jackets and rain coats as the weather often gets unpredictable due to the changes in the Atlantic.
  • Know the pollution level of Cherbourg before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Cherbourg for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cherbourg.

    • Burglary and Theft 25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
    • Safety Index 77.94 (High)
    • Climate Index 92.56 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 33.62 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cherbourg

    • International Movie per seat 10.18 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.58 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 90.47 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 107.43 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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