Cheap Hotels in Cherbourg
437 yards (400 m) from the SNCF train station, the Mercure Cherbourg Centre Port hotel is located in the city center with views of the port. Just a 10-minute walk from the Cité de la Mer and 30 minutes from the landing beaches, the hotel has 94 air-conditioned rooms and suites (including family rooms), a 2153-sq.-ft. (200-m²) meeting area, restaurant, bar, fitness center and free enclosed private car park (subject to availability). Animals are not accepted.
Brit Hotel Cherbourg Octeville Hotel
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De la Renaissance Hotel
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Hotels in Cherbourg
Cherbourg-Octeville, more commonly known as Cherbourg, is very popular with tourists visiting France by ferry. The city was a strategic battle site during WWII, and it's still one of the main bases for the French Navy today. At the harbour end of Cherbourg, hotels cluster on the main stretch near La Plage Verte – a large green space, which is also a popular campsite.
The long maritime history of Cherbourg can be discovered at the Cité de la Mer museum. It has an exhibition dedicated to the Titanic, which stopped here on its final journey. You can also visit Le RedouSEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTION at the quayside, an impressive submarine, which held great importance within France's marine arsenal. It's the largest surviving vessel of its kind open to the public as a historical point of interest.
Another museum of interest is the Fort du Roule, created inside a 19th-century military fort. It was completely renovated in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Cherbourg's war memorial is known as the Monument of Death, and reading the names of the city residents lost in WWI and WWII, inscribed in the pink granite, is sobering.
Sightseeing in Cherbourg
Away from the water, Cherbourg City Park and Botanical Gardens are a quiet and colourful escape. The grounds also include a mini zoo.
In the late 1800s, the city's Jardin Montebello public gardens were opened as a gesture to the residents. Created by the local horticultural society, the gardens include magnolias and camellias, bamboo and ferns.
The Château des Ravalet is a splendid Medieval Manor, which was built in 1575 and classed as a historical monument in 1935. Aviaries, ponds and a beautiful cascading waterfall are all set within the 42-acre grounds which you can explore.
Restaurants and cafés
France's café culture is out in force throughout Cherbourg. The town square is an excellent place to sit and watch the world go by. The eateries spread around the square mainly offer French cuisine, with the odd Japanese restaurant and kebab house adding some variety.
Another place you'll find fine dining and entertainment is at Cherbourg's casino. Enjoy the dance floor, roulette and blackjack SEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTIONs, as well as video poker. You must be over 18 to enter.
Travel to the rest of France
Cherbourg railway station is a terminal on the lines to Paris and Dijon. The line to the capital was specifically requested by Napoleon when he visited Cherbourg in 1850. The trip to Paris St-Lazare station takes around three hours.
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