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La Cite de la Mer

#2 of 36 things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville Features Animals
Gare Maritime Transatlantique, 50100, Cherbourg-Octeville, France
+33 2 33 20 26 26
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Loads to see...submarine was excellent

We visited with our young 2 year old. He loved seeing the submarines as soon as we walked in. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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Good activity for a cruise guest

If you come by a cruise ship and you did not book any shore excursions to anywhere, this is a good... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Gare Maritime Transatlantique, 50100, Cherbourg-Octeville, France
+33 2 33 20 26 26
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited with our young 2 year old. He loved seeing the submarines as soon as we walked in. The interactive part was ok but a little dates but again my son lived this bit. The audio guides for English speakers were great. Didn't feel...More

Thank gingerfree1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you come by a cruise ship and you did not book any shore excursions to anywhere, this is a good and intresting place to visit. ou can easily spend 3-4 hours in this complex what made up of 3+1 extra parts. There is an...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had no idea 4-5 hours was needed-so please pace yourselves to get around huge premises. Not cheap but well put together-18 euros for adults-think 12 for children/students. First port of call was to go all around the french nuclear submarine-so cramped and machinery everywhere-they hand...More

Thank mprice867
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A few museums in one, there are a large number of underwater subs you can see before having to pay to get in, it's great for a wet day. The aquarium was very interesting, the Titanic museum made you feel as if you were in...More

Thank Clare A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Get here Early at opening times if you want to visit Nuclear Sub,queue get longer as day goes by,45 mins ti=o visit with audio guide.GHet tickets from your local tourist office and save queueing plus discounted price.Titanic and aquarium worth a look but show "...More

Thank ron c
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Docked at Cherbourg on May 1 (a national holiday) in an all-day pouring rain. Got stiffed be Thrifty rental car who had twice guaranteed our reservation. Plan B was to go to the La Cite de la Mer which we did. It was a bit...More

Thank worknless
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Amazing place to spend a day with not too good weather. Lots of space to park car outside the museum. Some basic restaurants nearby. No problem with toilets. 5 main attractions, each brilliant! No problem with language as they provide you with audio guides. With...More

Thank MireLa676
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Take advantage of the two for one admission leaflets on Brittany Ferries. Hotels have other offers. Take note when cruise ships are calling in, it can be crowded. Ships are usually in port from 9am to 6 pm. See Port of Cherbourg web site.

Thank David C
Reviewed 22 April 2017

you need 4-5 hours to visit the entire exhibition not so much fun when having to wear/carry a coat & a packpack! I have never been to any museum or similar without a cloakroom facility..............

Thank jonathan k
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Spent 5 hrs here lots to see and do with tour of nuclear submarine highlight of the day. Bonus of 1 free ticket with 1 paying adult on presentation of of a Brittany ferries ticket which I know is running until the end of July...More

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Opening hours on Sunday 5th March
1 March 2017|
Response from Sylvie O | Property representative |
Good morning, the opening hours will be 09h30 am to 6.00 PM on sunday 5th March. Awaiting to welcome you. Best regards, Sylvie OLLIVIER
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Are there lockers for small suitcases ?
27 September 2015|
Response from Sylvie O | Property representative |
Good morning. We do not have lockers but if you only have a small suitcase you can ask at the cask desk, the staff will be pleased to keep it for you during your visit. Awaiting to welcome you soon, Best regards, Sylvie... More
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You mentioned entry fee of 18 Euro, does that include the submarine and all exhibits?
5 May 2015|
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Response from Sylvie O | Property representative |
Good afternoon, I 'am pleased to inform you that our ticket includs always all the exibits with of course the submarine. You will need about 4/5 hours to visit all of them. So do not hesitate to come in the morning to be... More
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