Rouen

Travel Guide
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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

ibis Styles Rouen Centre Rive Gauche
ibis Styles Rouen Centre Rive Gauche
55 Avenue De La Liberation, Rouen
The price is £67 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Located in Quartier Saint-Clément - Jardin des Plantes, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Jardin des Plantes and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Rouen Cathedral. Saint ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (39 reviews)
"Lounge très agréablement décoré et confortable. Petit-déjeuner varié comme il faut. Chambres rénovées avec goût et un côté pratique."

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2021

ibis Styles Rouen Centre Rive Gauche
Best Western Plus Hôtel de Dieppe 1880
Best Western Plus Hôtel de Dieppe 1880
4 out of 5
The price is £80 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Located in Gare-Jouvenet, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tour Jeanne d'Arc and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Gros Horloge and Jeanne d'Arc Church are also ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (50 reviews)
Great hotel great location
"The hotel has recently been modernised & really nice. The staff are fabulous. I had dinner & it was excellent. Good price. Highly recomended."

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2020

Best Western Plus Hôtel de Dieppe 1880
Radisson Blu Hotel, Rouen Centre
Radisson Blu Hotel, Rouen Centre
6-8 Rue du Donjon, Rouen
The price is £103 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Located in Rouen City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tour Jeanne d'Arc and Rouen Cathedral. Musee de la Ceramique and Square Verdrel are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"The location, easy parking, the friendly and professional staff, the room size, the excellent bed, room service…everything was a “5”."

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel, Rouen Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
L'atelier 1742 - Atypique Jacuzzi Hyper Centre Rouen
L'atelier 1742 - Atypique Jacuzzi Hyper Centre Rouen
54 Rue des Bons Enfants, Rouen, Normandy
The price is £394 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Located in Rouen City Centre, this historic apartment building is steps away from Place du Vieux-Marche and Jeanne d'Arc Church. Rue du Gros-Horloge and Square ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Génial
"Parfait mais étant deux filles ça manque de miroir"

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2021

L'atelier 1742 - Atypique Jacuzzi Hyper Centre Rouen
" La Cabane "  - spa
" La Cabane " - spa
22 Rue Saint-Maur, Rouen, Normandy
Located in Gare-Jouvenet, this golf apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Tour Jeanne d'Arc and Rouen Cathedral. Square Verdrel and Musee de la Ceramique ...
" La Cabane " - spa
Rouen Appart Hôtel
Rouen Appart Hôtel
6 Rue de la Croix de Fer, Rouen
Located in Rouen City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Rue Saint-Romain, Rue du Gros-Horloge and Rouen Cathedral. La Maison Sublime and Church ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Passage
"Très bien placer et à recommander..."

Reviewed on 19 May 2020

Rouen Appart Hôtel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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