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Cherbourg tourism and travel guide

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Visit Cherbourg: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The port town of Cherbourg has several monuments and museums of interest and a visit is recommended

Cherbourg is situated in the Manche department and Normandy region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Cherbourg. For detailed visitor information see the Cherbourg travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Cherbourg include "ville fleurie 4*".

Popular places to visit nearby include Lessay abbey at 46 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Cherbourg, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Cherbourg in Normandy.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



Most Beautiful Village at 26 km (direction east)

Barfleur is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in...

See Barfleur guide
Lessay abbey

Lessay abbey

Abbey at 46 km (direction south-south-east)

The abbey church at Lessay is an important example...

See Lessay abbey guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Manche

Map of places to visit near Cherbourg


Markets in and near Cherbourg

Market days in Cherbourg: weekly market: Tuesday & Thursday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday;

  • Cherbourg: market Tuesday & Thursday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday (0km)
  • Saint-Pierre-Eglise: market Wednesday (16km)
  • Valognes: market Friday (17km)
  • Bricquebec: market Monday (18km)
  • Les Pieux: market Friday (19km)
  • Quettehou: market Tuesday (23km)
  • Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue: market Saturday (25km)
  • Barneville-Carteret: market Thursday - seasonal market only (30km)
  • Barneville-Carteret: market Saturday (30km)
  • Sainte-Mere-Eglise: market Thursday (33km)

More information about Cherbourg, Normandy

Tourist attractions near Cherbourg, France

What to do at Cherbourg? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Cherbourg.

Heritage sites

  • Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue tours (Vauban fortifications) (26km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin (43km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc du château des Ravalet (3km)
  • Château de Beaurepaire (5km)
  • Parc du château de Nacqueville (10km)
  • Jardin botanique du château de Vauville (16km)
  • Jardin Jacques Prévert (23km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Cap de la Hague (22km)
  • Nez de Jobourg (24km)
  • Baie des Veys (45km)

Towns of Art and history

  • Valognes (17km)

Geography and distances

Cherbourg is in the north of France at 69 kilometres from Saint-Lo, the department capital (general information: Cherbourg is 301 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Cherbourg

Canton: Cherbourg-Octeville

Arrondissement: Cherbourg-Octeville

Department: Manche

Region: Normandy

Postcode: 50130

Distance to Cherbourg

from Saint-Lo (prefecture): 69 km

from Paris: 301 km

from Calais: 287 km

from Nice: 945 km

from Bordeaux: 539 km

from Strasbourg: 691 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive by car, often from the ferries at Saint-Malo, Cherbourg or Caen on the coast here which are very convenient. For driving distances to Cherbourg from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): La Glacerie, Martinvast, Nouainville, Querqueville, Sideville and Tourlaville.

This page in French: Visiter Cherbourg

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