Place de Gaulle

Cherbourg
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Great Outdoors

Cherbourg's markets are mainly held in the Place du Gaulle, which is named after the great French hero and has, at different times in history, been known as Castle Square and Freedom Square. Situated in front of the Italian Theatre, markets are held here on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays where you'll find a wide range of produce on offer with fresh fruit and vegetables, local cheeses, fish and shellfish, flowers and more - you are sure to find whatever you need here! 

With other markets held in the Old Town, especially the huge Sunday market at Avenue de la Republique, you'll discover a great market open somewhere in the town on most days.

 

Nearby attractions

Leaving from the Pont Tournant, the Adèle operate various boat trips in the summer. Daily boat trips with a commentary can be taken around the harbour.

Cherbourg has been an important naval base since the 19th century and it was Napoleon himself who pushed for Cherbourg to be a major transatlantic port by creating large artifical breakwaters.

An unmissable attraction when you are in Normandy, La Cité de la Mer is a fantastic place to spend the whole day learning about man's adventures under the sea.

This excellent museum is set in the Fort du Roule, a Second Empire fortress which was occupied by the Germans during WW2 and liberated by the Americans in 1944.

Places to visit nearby

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Coutances in Normandy is an historical market town, set amongst beautiful countryside and close to the coast, that is famous for its beautiful cathedral.