La Cité de la Mer

Attractions and places of interest
Zoos and Aquaria

Come to Cherbourg, in Normandy, and experience La Cité de la Mer's new epic adventure: The Ocean of the Future.

La Cité de la Mer is located within the stunning, former transatlantic liner terminal dating from the 1930’s. Its ambition is to let you explore the fantastic human adventure of the conquest of the ocean's great depths.

NEW for 2019: The Ocean of the Future


A declaration of love for the most beautiful, intelligent and fragile thing on earth: the sea!

Be immersed in spectacular multimedia spaces, as you travel through a dazzling underwater adventure and discover the origins of life inside a drop of water! You can also go down through a 15-metre-high water column surrounded by a dazzling ballet of beautiful sea creatures.

Dive down to the ocean depths to meet the fantastical creatures that people the last wild expanses on the planet. Existing six thousand metres below the surface, discover the mysterious world of the deep-sea trenches, the final frontier, bounded by dizzily high mountains and mega volcanoes.

After admiring the legendary wrecks resting on the sea bed, create your own seafood menu in the Jules Verne saloon, choosing from the treasures to be found in the sea in Normandy.

The great gallery of men and machines

Here you'll find a unique collection of submarines and other manned-craft that have been used to explore the depths by deep sea divers throughout history.

You can also try your hand at being a submariner as you embark onto Le Redoutable, jewel of the French Navy. It's the largest submarine open to the public in the world!

Audioguide tour available from 5 years old. Two versions are available: family and expert, in French and English, German, Dutch, Spanish or Italian.

The aquarium reopens spring 2019!

Renovation work has been ongoing since October 2018* with the aquariums open once again in spring 2019.

Walk around the Abyssal Aquarium make some interesting meetings in the front of 16 thematic tanks, and trace the story of the underwater conquest.

Titanic returns to Cherbourg

the great history of European emigration to the New World.

Finally, be part of a one-hour long virtual mission into the unexplored underwater world with the attraction “Walking into the depths”.

*During this closure period, La Cité de la Mer will present a large exhibition on the boat, Tara, dedicated to her scientific expeditions.


Special offer from MAY 2019 - €3 discount

Simply present the voucher received at check-in to benefit from a €3,00 discount on each ticket purchased at La Cité de la Mer.

ADULTS: €16 (€19) - CHILDREN (5-17 YEARS): €11 (€14)

CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS: FREE (when an adult ticket is purchased)

Other discounts may not be claimed at the same time. Valid from the 1st of May until the 31st of December 2019.

Find a holiday

Brittany Ferries holidays include return ferry travel with your car so you can explore at your own pace. What's more, you can pack everything you need to make the most of your time away - from bikes to surfboards and even the family pet.