A veritable Museum-City, Rouen leaves no visitor indifferent, with its fine half-timbered houses, its paved streets and its gothic churches.
Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, was the scene of the martyrdom of Joan of Arc, convicted and then burnt at the stake in 1431 on the Place du Vieux Marché. Rouen is also the "Town with a Thousand Spires", and over the centuries different parts of the town blossomed with jewels of religious architecture. Notre-Dame Cathedral inspired Monet to paint his Cathedral series. The Church of Saint Maclou, in a beautiful setting, is also worth the visit. The laid out banks of the Seine are a wonderful area to take a stroll, and if it gives you an appetite, so much the better, for Rouen also has a reputation for its good tables. Fans of shopping will not be disappointed, and will find that Rouen is a perfect place for them. You will certainly find what you are looking for in the numerous shops and boutiques which line the pedestrianized zones. Rouen is a young town, with a well-developed nightlife. It's lively day and night !
Virtual tour of Rouen
To travel around Rouen, leave your car (see the list of car parks in Rouen) and enjoy public transport (bus or métro). Unless you opt for free bikes from Cy'clic , available at key points in the centre of town!
Dates for your diary
Armada Festival: Gathering of Tall Ships and nautical fun from 6th-16th June 2013