You might associate Cherbourg with ferries and simply being a Normandy arrival and departure port. There is, however, much more to it and it’s worthy of a day’s visit. The Cité de la Mer is a maritime museum housed in the former ArtDeco railway station. Discover the aquarium, explore the workings of a submarine, take an historic voyage on The Titanic and travel with 50 million emigrants on their way to the New World. I’d recommend you arrive in the morning to really make the most of the site. Your ticket is valid all day so you can leave for lunch and return later. Other options include a natural history museum, parks and gardens and a fine art museum. Cherbourg was also the first port to be liberated on 25th June 1944. The Musée de la Liberation tells the story of the important role Cherbourg played during WW2.

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