> Cité de la Mer: set in the spacious former Art Deco Gare Maritime building where ocean liner passengers embarked and disembarked, this major marine centre opened in 2002. It offers a wide variety of themed areas. There are parts dedicated to underwater exploration and marine creatures, and of course there’s a section devoted to the Titanic. The issue of immigration are also covered. The highlight for many visitors is boarding the disused French nuclear submarine, Le Redoutable, kept here.
> Muséum Emmanuel Liais: set beside a fine public garden on the western side of the town centre, this museum has wide-ranging displays of archaeology and ethnography, including Ancient Egyptian works and cabinets of curiosity. Its collections recall the fact that many explorers set out from Cherbourg.
> Holy Trinity Basilica: Cherbourg’s major church displays a whole mix of styles, as it was added to down many centuries.
> Musée Thomas Henry : This art museum in the centre of town reopened in 2015 after undergoing renovations. It contains works by celebrated international figures, the paintings given to the town in the 1830s by Thomas Henry, a native of Cherbourg who became a leading art expert at the Louvre. Talented local artists are also well represented, including Millet, who lived near Cherbourg and painted memorable scenes of rural life in the Cotentin in the 19th century.