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La Cite de la Mer

#2 of 37 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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Excellent but busy

Forecast was poor so we headed to La Cite de la mer. Very busy and queued for over an hour so... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sally S
Cardigan, United Kingdom
via mobile
Amazing visit

What an amazing place to visit. Didn't particularly like the aquarium as I don't like animals in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lisa W
Kingsley, United Kingdom
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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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  • Terrible1%
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Gare Maritime Transatlantique, 50100, Cherbourg-Octeville, France
+33 2 33 20 26 26
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Forecast was poor so we headed to La Cite de la mer. Very busy and queued for over an hour so should have bought tickets on line. However it was excellent. Loved the titanic exhibition - really evocative especially the timeline film. Everything else would...More

Thank Sally S
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing place to visit. Didn't particularly like the aquarium as I don't like animals in captivity however the children loved seeing the fish. The nuclear submarine is awesome and well worth the queue to see inside. There are two eateries one cafe and...More

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great surprise. It was definitely worth the visit and we would go back! There is an aquarium, Submarine, Titanic museum and lots of other things to do and see. You could spend a day. Not to be missed.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived about 10am we left at 6 pm it was a full on day it was a wonderful visit. Everything was perfect, the staff so helpful, there time to visit everything, I love the Titanic visit, I found it quite emotional. The aquarium was...More

Thank Tricia D D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having been before without kids we decided to return with children as a final activity at the end of our holiday. Of hindsight the 'Titanic' exhibition was probably a bad idea before boarding our ferry but aside from tgat an amazing experience! *kids uo to...More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had no expectations when we added this stop to our trip, and was more than pleasantly surprised. There are three attractions for the price of admission. One is a tour of a nuclear submarine, which was interesting to me but fascinating to one of...More

Thank fergiedrea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our 2 sons (8 & 5) and spent a brilliant 4 hours here. They enjoyed visiting a nuclear submarine, were fascinated by the titanic section and spent ages in the aquarium. The underwater bit is a bit naff but my 5 year...More

Thank AliceJ74
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Where to start! On entering there is a number of large underwater machines that are good to look at and the information on display is interesting. There is also a restaurant and a bar selling lunch items, baguettes, drinks, cake, etc. There are a number...More

Thank Des8935
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Please, save yourself from the effort of visiting this supposed attraction. Rarely have I seen such a rundown museum and town. The slums of Detroit are more charming. Even the locals leave on weekends and come just for the dockwork. Cite de la Mer is...More

1  Thank Cordula B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful aquarium, and the inside of the nuclear submarine was something to see! Titanic exhibition really well put together and worthwhile. Only 3 stars? Yes because the "Exhibition" was truly cringeworthy, 50 minutes of awfulness. Moving from room to room being "trained" for a submarine...More

1  Thank Phil S
Sylvie O, Responsable relations clients at La Cite de la Mer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Good afternoon, Thank you for your message. we are glad you enjoyed the submarine visit and our exhibition about the conquest of the seas and its aquariums. Concerning your remark about walking into the dephts, we are sorry to see that it bored you. This...More

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Martin K
8 August 2017|
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Response from Keith S | Reviewed this property |
Basically yes, but there are short walks from hall to hall.
7 July 2017|
Response from Steve H | Reviewed this property |
In 2017 La Cité de la Mer will be closed on the following dates Monday 06, 13 and 20 March, 2017 Monday 6, 13, 20 and 27 November, 2017 Monday 4, 11, 18, 25 December 2017 and Monday 01st January 2018 Individual... More
Ronald G
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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