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La cité de la mer in Cherbourg

During your stay at Castels campsite Château de Lez-Eaux spend a day in north of la Manche at « La Cité de la mer » museum.

This museum will relate you life in the deep of oceans. You’ll discover an exhibition about the famous Titanic, see the gallery of sea machines, an aquarium and lot of others surprises. The museum is located in the hall of the Transatlantic liners’ Terminal an historical place.

« La Cité de la mer » museum it’s a family place to visit.

Practical information before going

At the campsite reception you can buy your tickets to visit « La cité de mer » museum and benefit from special rates.

  • Adulte: 16€50 instead of 18€
  • Child: 11€50 insted of 13€ (child between 5 – 17 years old)
  • Under 5 years old it’s free.

For security reason child under 5 years old are not allowed to visit the submarin.

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To be seen in « la Cité de la Mer »le redoutable sous marin français - la cité de la mer

The french Submarin called « Le redoutable »

A sea monster to visit 420 feet long and 25 feet in diameter. For the anecdote, it was launched in Cherbourg on 29 March 1967 by General de Gaulle. Go all over the submarin « Le redoutable » and discover life on board of submariners thanks to audio guide. You will have the opportunity of visiting the engine rooms, the command post, the private spaces of the crew… .A magical and impressive visit.

New: a special audio guide this year for children.

Length of the visit: 1houraquarium cité de la mer cherbourg Normandy

The aquarium

In the heart of « La Cité de Mer » a marvellous fish collection with the biggest aquarium of Europe, 11meters high and . A dive into the abyssal ocean depths where all species live together.

Length of the visit: 2 hours


« Titanic, return to Cherbourg » exhibition

The 10th April 1912, the famous cruise liner Titanic stopped in Cherbourg, in Normandy to take 281 passengers on board.Titanic ship history

History: At the time, the Titanic was the most bigger and luxurious of the cruise liner never built. It was able to welcome 2 000 people on  board. As everybody knows, it sank the 14th April 1912 after striking an iceberg. More of 1500 people died in this tragic event.

An open space of 2500m² will tell you the tragedy, the stopover in Cherbourg and the European immigration to the New World. You will learn about the passengers they were on board on the 10 april 1912: pictures, videos … .

Length of the visit: 1.30 hour


« Walking into the depths »la cité de la mer in cherbourg

It’s a virtual animation for all family, where you will have to listen the instructions of  the captain Glass and reproduce the same movements. You will have fun for sure.

Length of the visit: 50 minutes




The Gallery of men and machinesla cité de la mer in cherbourg, in Normandy

A unique collection of sea machines used to explore the deeps of oceans. Discover the conditions on board the machines when they were underwater. Have you heard about the engine used to explore the wreck of the Titanic? This machine is called Nautilus, and can be seen in « La Cité de la Mer ».

Length of the visit: 15 minutes



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Access to la Cité de La Mer: ici

Adresse: La Cité de la Mer
Gare Maritime Transatlantique.
50100 Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

Tel.: +33 (0)233 202 669

Openning times:
  • from 10 am until 6 pm every day (Except on monday in low season)
  • May and september: from 9.30
  • July and august: from 9.30 until 7pm

Last tickets will be sold an hour and a half before the complex closes.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you need more détails.

See you soon in Castels Château de Lez-Eaux, in Normandy, at a stone throw away from Mont Saint Michel.




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