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La Cite de la Mer

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Address: Gare Maritime Transatlantique, 50100, Cherbourg-Octeville, France
Phone Number: 33 02 33 20 26 26

Come and visit La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, a family attraction all...

Come and visit La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, a family attraction all about man’s adventures under the sea, and a must when you are in Normandy. You can spend the whole day here and go round “Titanic, return to Cherbourg”, an exhibition which has its like nowhere else in France. It is on the theme of the celebrated liner, but also on emigration. You will also be able to listen to the Captain of Le Redoutable telling you about his life on board the largest submarine open to the public in the world. Then you will gaze in awe at our 17 aquariums, including the magical, 11-metre-deep, Abyssal Aquarium.

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A large warm space with plenty to see and do

Situated next to the berth for the Brittany Ferries fast catamaran and Cherbourg town fishing quay so easy to get to. Open from 10 am til 6 pm so also a great escape from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Susan B
Hythe, United Kingdom
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Alpedrete, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Once you get into the museum, you get surprised by a huge hall full of scientific submarines from different periods. The expectations are great. So was the queue. Before getting in, we are informed that one of the main attractions (walking into the depths) is fully booked so they will apply a discount on the tickets. It was a premonitory... More 

Thank Azarias
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must visit , not cheap but it is a 5 hour visit. Housed in the old Queen Elizabeth building adjacent to the port. Collection of exploratory sub marines. Mandatory gift shop ,cafe aquarium and submarine in dry dock with commentary in various languages the latter is a must as you explore the interior of the sub.

Thank Brian M
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The all museum is more a reading thing. So pay that much money just for reading... I prefer then to look on google. The main attraction was full so we couldn't go there so we get a discount but we did still pay more then 100 euro. I was expected something as good as the seaquarium in St malo. There... More 

Thank Sarah C
County Londonderry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Primarily went to tour the submarine. It's a decommissioned nuclear sub, really informative and worth seeing. There's also a 3 story aquarium with a great range of fish. Snacks and drinks are overpriced, but no more so than any other tourist

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Hythe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Situated next to the berth for the Brittany Ferries fast catamaran and Cherbourg town fishing quay so easy to get to. Open from 10 am til 6 pm so also a great escape from inclement weather. There was plenty of Tourist info available and 2 for one offers so 2 adults would cost 18 € . The large entrance space... More 

Thank Susan B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have the time vist La Cite de la mer. We started with the U Boat. The U Boat is great and it's worth taking the time to look at everything while listening to the audioguide. Also worth seeing is the titanic museum where you can experience in fast motion the last hours 'til the Titanic hits the iceberg... More 

Thank Anne-Catherine G
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a must when in Cherbourg. No major changes since our last visit but always good to go around. It is a shame not more is done with the beginning of the Titanic section. Going into the luggage room is rather bland. Perhaps some mannequins and some old cases would make it look more like the luggage area or perhaps... More 

Thank Angi S
Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In addition to being an activity on wet days this museum offers information as well as entertainment. How much did you know about the forces causing Ninos? Or the number of nuclear missiles a submarine can fire? These are only two examples of what we learnt! Regarding the entertainment part, the underwater walk taken has a French touch to it,... More 

Thank LaohuPenang
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is great for a family day out, it has four sections to visit DISCOVER, the submarines which changed history, lots of subs to look at went you enter the building, The best is the one you get to walk around, it's massive and very interesting, you are given an audio tour to listen too in 4 different languages.... More 

Thank welgi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easily found, falling signs through the Docks area, to the west of Brittany Ferries port area. Two mature travellers - wanted to stay away from the rain.... Torrential thunderstorm overnight - with just less than an hour from Cite de la Mer, choice made. Arrived early, with own breakfast, to arrive for 09:30. An excellent time to arrive, as not... More 

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