Cherbourg-Octeville is a city in Normandy in the northwest of France. It arose after the city of Cherbourg merged with the town Octeville on February 28 2000. The inhabitants of Octeville voted in a referendum at the end of 1999 for the merge; five other towns who would be involved in the merge voted against it.
It’s a port with exit on the Channel. Most of the ferry services are owned by Brittany Ferries to Poole and Portsmouth. The port of Cherbourg is also a military French marine base. The closest airport is Cherbourg Maupertus (IATA code: CER, IACO code: LFRC) in Maupertus-sur-Mer.
Cherbourg was in 1912 the first port of call of the RMS Titanic after leaving Southampton (England).
Things to see
- La Glacerie race track.
- Cité de la Mer: museum about scientific and historical aspects of maritime subjects.
- Cherbourg Basilica
- Jardin botanique de la Roche Fauconnière, a botanical garden.
- Le Trident theatre
- Musée des beaux-arts Thomas Henry.