Compare Cheap Ferries from Portsmouth to Cherbourg offers today. The crossing takes around 8 hours. Brittany Ferries currently run this route.
Cherbourg-Octeville is a port town in Normandy that features a ferry port and modern artificial harbor that has allowed more travelers from the UK to venture into this wonderful part of France.
If you are leaving from Portsmouth then you will want to make sure that you book your ferry overnight. The trip can take about 15 hours. You will come into St. Malo, before leaving again and coming up the coastline to Cherbourg.
The best way to get around town is by taxi or public transportation. You can also do a private hire, but if you really plan on exploring the best in Cherbourg, a taxi to the hotel you will stay at is better as most of what you will want to see, you will get to on foot.
Cherbourg is very friendly to foot tourists and cyclists too. You will notice that many of the ferry-goers who board in Portsmouth and St. Malo will travel with their own cycles. The countryside around Cherbourg makes for a beautiful ride.
Cherbourg Tourist Sights
When you are in the city you want to head to the old district first. There you will find many of the museums that make this city famous. There is the Cite de la Mer, which celebrates all things to do with maritime history, the Musee de la Liberation, which focuses on France after World War II; and the Musee des beaux arts Thomas Henry, which is home to over 300 of his works.
Shopping in Cherbourg
There are also many shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants surrounding the edges of the Cherbourg Basilica and its square. Another sight that you don’t want to miss is the Jardin botanique de la Roche Fauconnière. This is a beautiful botanical garden that makes for a wonderful day.
Ferries from Portsmouth to Cherbourg
Planning your trip will take only a small amount of time. The ferry route from Portsmouth to Cherbourg runs frequently, although less during the winter months. You will need to make arrangements for accommodation while in Cherbourg for at least one night. This should be done in advance.
If you are departing from Cherbourg to holiday in the UK, then you will want to do as much exploring as possible. Your car is your friend as you discover England, Wales and Scotland. If you want to get to Ireland then you could look into Holyhead to Dublin ferries as an option.