The Cité de la Mer
The Cité de la Mer
The Cité de la Mer
The Cité de la Mer
The Cité de la Mer
The Cité de la Mer


The Cité de la mer Cherbourg, a must-see in the Cotentin region!

At the heart of the transatlantic maritime station of Cherbourg in Normandy we can find the Cité de la Mer, a unique place in Europe which is dedicated to the adventures of Man and the Sea.

The Cité de la Mer is a must-see tourist site for families to discover in Normandy, as it has several thematic areas that add up to a full day’s visit!

Dive into the heart of the ocean:

New since 2019*, the Ocean of the Future is the new permanent route of La Cité de la Mer Cherbourg and a declaration of love to the beauty and essential role of the oceans. Explore the planet’s last wilderness, mysteries from the infinitely small to the ultimate frontier of large chasms through 3 floors of spectacular multimedia spaces and 17 dazzling aquariums of color and life.

underwater the Redoutable - @City de la Mer Cherbourg Cotentin Normandy

Come and enjoy unique family experiences in the Cotentin

Go on board the Redoutable, the largest submarine in the world that can be visited and a unique experience**. Relive the last hours of the legendary Titanic liner in an original way and then share a virtual dive in the deep sea with the whole family in the heart of the virtual animation “we walked under the sea “***. Follow the first 20 days of the Battle of Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the landings*.

And in good weather, take the bike path that crosses Cherbourg to reach the Cité de la Mer: cycle, walk, stroll, rollerblade or scooter there. This is your chance to take a nice walk!

How to get to the Cité de la Mer in Normandy?

In practice, here is how to get there in Normandy:

  • From the centre of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, take the cycle path through Cherbourg-en-Cotentin to reach the Cité de la Mer. Do it by bike, on foot, with pushchairs, rollerblades, scooters… It’s a great opportunity to go for a ride!
  • For a better experience, consult the practical information before you come on the site: practical information for access to the Cité de la Mer
  • For your catering: You can eat in the reception area with a snack bar and a picnic area.

** Practical information: Children under 5 years old are not allowed on the Redoutable submarine. Access for people with reduced mobility inside the Redoutable has been arranged.

*** Entertainment will be available depending on the number of visitors.

More information on www.citedelamer.com

To find out more:

Discover the thematic files, news, and other resources: The Cité de la Mer also offers you access to the Cité de la Mer media library to prepare your visit and dive into its resources.

Opening time

Open from February 4th to December 31st, 2023
Every day according to season 10:00am - 6:00pm (see website).
July / august : 9:30am - 7:00pm

Visit = 4 - 5 hours


Free visit of the spaces and audio tour of the submarine Le Redoutable. In the event of a liner stopover, the Emigration area will be closed to the public. The Titanic space remains accessible.

Adults (18 years old and over): 19,00 €
Young people (-18 years old): 14,00 €
Children (-5 years old): free*

* For security reasons, children under 5 years of age do not have access to the visit of the Redoutable

Access / Contact

The Cité de la Mer
Gare Maritime Transatlantique
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