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Rouen offers all the treasures of Normandy, but it's also the land of the Impressionists and gastronomy; a journey full of beautiful experiences.

Rouen is inextricably bound up with the memory of Joan of Arc, who was burned alive after being convicted of heresy and witchcraft in 1431. The impressive Archbishop's Palace has a Historical Exhibition devoted to her memory, and its cutting-edge technology will let you relive the legend as if you were there.

The heart of Richard the Lionheart, King of England and Duke of Normandy, still beats symbolically in the flamboyant Notre-Dame Cathedral; a Gothic gem, it has the tallest spire in France and contains the tombs of the Dukes of Normandy. The belfry houses the city's bells and the oldest clock mechanism in Europe.

The city centre is pedestrianised, which is perfect for wandering around admiring Rouen's 2000 half-timbered houses, also known as maisons à pans de bois in French.

If you like beautiful things, Rouen has the third highest number of antique shops in France. Just walking down the very traditional rue Damiette will make you want to take home a souvenir full of history.

The towpaths of the vallée de Seine and the cathedrals of Rouen inspired Monet, Sissley, Gauguin and Picasso. The Depeaux gallery in Rouen's Musée des Beaux-Arts is home to the second largest Impressionist collection in France, including works by young painters of the Rouen school, who brought out the real beauty of the Normandy bocage. As for literature, Flaubert and Corneille hail from the city; a perfect opportunity to rediscover their writing while enjoying a glass of Calvados or a bowl of local cider.

All around Rouen you'll be charmed by the verdant landscapes that feature beautiful abbeys, such as the Abbey Church of Saint-Ouen or the Roman Abbey of Saint-Georges, Boscherville. You can also enjoy a panoramic view over the Seine and the charming jardins médicinaux.

As the capital of Normandy, Rouen is easily accessible via motorways A13, A28 and A29. There are four airports nearby (Rouen, Caen, Deauville and Beauvais) and a train station, one and a half hour's journey from Paris.

Where to stay in Rouen

Rouen featuring a small town or village and heritage architecture

Rouen City Centre

4/5Very Good!(35 area reviews)

Historical sites, museums and art galleries are some highlights of Rouen City Centre. Make a stop by Rouen Cathedral or Saint-Ouen Church while you're exploring.

Rouen City Centre
Gros Horloge showing street scenes

Quartier Vieux Marché-Cathédrale

Historical sites, museums and art galleries highlight some of the noteworthy features of Quartier Vieux Marché-Cathédrale. Make a stop by Rouen Cathedral or Gros Horloge while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Quartier Vieux Marché-Cathédrale
Centre Ville Rive Gauche, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

Centre Ville Rive Gauche

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

Get to know Centre Ville Rive Gauche by checking out its shopping, restaurants and historical sites. Consider a visit to nearby sights like Rouen Cathedral or Gros Horloge during your time in the area.

Centre Ville Rive Gauche
Rouen featuring signage

Quartier Saint-Marc - Croix de Pierre - Saint-Nicaise

Historical sites, bars and river views are just a few things travellers enjoy about Quartier Saint-Marc - Croix de Pierre - Saint-Nicaise. Check out Saint-Ouen Church or Church of Saint-Maclou while you're exploring the area.

Quartier Saint-Marc - Croix de Pierre - Saint-Nicaise
Quartier du Mont Gargan, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

Quartier du Mont Gargan

Travellers like the museums in Quartier du Mont Gargan, and Centre d'Histoire Sociale is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Quartier du Mont Gargan

Top hotels in Rouen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Suites Rouen Normandie
Novotel Suites Rouen Normandie
4 out of 5
10 Quai Boisguilbert, Ilot Pasteur, Rouen, Seine-Maritime
The price is £90 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

This family-friendly Rouen hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Panorama XXL and Rouen Cathedral. Rouen Opera House and Musee Jeanne D'Arc ...

4.2/5Excellent! (684 reviews)
Great stay and nice locatio

"Lovely air conditioned suite with underground parking for our fully packed car on the way home from our camping holiday. Waterfront bars and restaurants on the Seine are just a 5 min walk away."…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2019

Novotel Suites Rouen Normandie
Holiday Inn Express Rouen Centre - Rive Gauche
Holiday Inn Express Rouen Centre - Rive Gauche
3 out of 5
AVENUE JEAN RONDEAUX, Rouen
The price is £61 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

Located in Quartier Saint-Clément - Jardin des Plantes, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Jardin des Plantes and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Rouen Cathedral. Rouen ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (119 reviews)
Good Stopover

"All very good great place to stop on route from Spain to Calais. No restaurants near by but knew that.. Good breakfast to start the day"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Holiday Inn Express Rouen Centre - Rive Gauche
Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale
Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale
4 out of 5
7 rue Croix de Fer, Rue des Arsins - Accès Parking, Rouen, Seine-Maritime
The price is £91 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

Located in Rouen City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rouen Cathedral and Gros Horloge. Tour Jeanne d'Arc and Saint-Ouen Church are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (441 reviews)

"Excellent location. Fantastic facilities. Very helpful staff. Hotel was really clean, well prepared for Covid 19. Really good experience."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020

Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale

Top Holiday Rentals in Rouen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Home Sweet Rouen Cathédrale
Home Sweet Rouen Cathédrale
15 Rue de la Tour de Beurre, Rouen

Located in Rouen City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rue du Gros-Horloge and Rouen Cathedral. Rouen Opera House and Rue Saint-Romain ...

4.2/5Excellent! (143 reviews)

"Friendly and helpful manager. Well-equipped apartment close to the cathedral and pedestrian street."…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2019

Home Sweet Rouen Cathédrale
Gites Beffroy
Gites Beffroy
26 RUE BEFFROY, Rouen
The price is £84 per night from 7 Oct to 8 Oct

Located in Rouen City Centre, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Musee de la Ceramique and Rouen Cathedral. Tour Jeanne d'Arc and Musee des Beaux-Arts ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Gîtes de Beffroy

"Excellent. Et Mme Nicole est extrêmement agréable et d'une grande gentillesse."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

Gites Beffroy
Home Sweet Rouen - Appartement Flaubert
Home Sweet Rouen - Appartement Flaubert
74 Avenue Gustave Flaubert, Rouen

Located in Quartier Pasteur, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Jeanne d'Arc Church and Rouen Cathedral. Musee Jeanne D'Arc de Rouen and Place ...

3.6/5Good! (21 reviews)
Excellent!

"Lovely hotel!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019

Home Sweet Rouen - Appartement Flaubert

Popular places to visit in Rouen

Rouen Cathedral
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Rouen Cathedral

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Gaze in awe at this striking Gothic cathedral, which is home to towering spires, elaborate artwork and tombs of famous kings.  

Gros Horloge
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Gros Horloge

4/5(14 reviews)

Admire the opulent decorations of a Renaissance clock and enjoy a stroll along one of Rouen’s most historic and atmospheric streets.

Palais de Justice
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Palais de Justice

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Rouen when you take a trip to Palais de Justice. While you're in the area, find time to visit its stunning cathedral.

Saint-Ouen Church
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Saint-Ouen Church

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Elaborate Gothic decorations, soaring towers, colorful stained-glass windows and a huge organ make this one of Rouen’s most impressive churches.  

Tour Jeanne d'Arc
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Tour Jeanne d'Arc

4/5(7 reviews)

Discover centuries of Normandy history at the last surviving part of the 13th-century Rouen Castle, which held the trial of French activist Joan of Arc.

Rue Saint-Romain
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Rue Saint-Romain

4.5/5(4 reviews)

The old meets the new on this narrow and atmospheric Rouen street, which features historic attractions, charming architecture and modern boutiques.

Top things to do in Rouen

Rouen Small Group Day Trip
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Rouen Small Group Day Trip

£241
Per adult
St. JOAN of ARC in Rouen 1-Day Private tour from Paris
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St. JOAN of ARC in Rouen 1-Day Private tour from Paris

£261
Per adult
The Norman Beer Heritage
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The Norman Beer Heritage

£579
Per adult

Reviews of Rouen

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Oct 2019

Got amazingly surprised by this city! Will go back for sure

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Sep 2019

Walk the street and use the transport system; soak up the atmosphere of the place (unless there has been a chemical fire!)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

Lovely vibrant city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Sep 2019

Lovely, ideal stop for a night after holiday further south, on Atlantic coast. Kyriad was a good base; had car park which was needed, not a long walk to town either. Bit noisy but to be expected really for a city location. Would visit again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Aug 2019

The Cathedral Light Show was incredible.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Aug 2019

Pleasant medieval centre to walk around. River bank provided easy dog walking

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