Rouen France Travel Guide: 10 BEST Things To Do In Rouen

Rouen, situated on the banks of the River Seine, is Normandy’s vibrant, historic and cultural capital. Monet’s famous depictions of Rouen Cathedral have made this vast edifice many visitors’ favourite building in the city, but there are also many fine museums to explore, not to mention the Gros Horloge clock tower, France’s oldest inn La Couronne and the beautiful modern church dedicated to Joan of Arc.

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Rouen’s historic centre is also packed with tempting shops and restaurants, and great weekly markets. This being a university town, there is a thriving nightlife too.

Rouen is now focusing its attention on the River Seine, with increasing initiatives to open up the quaysides to the public. Parks and gardens have recently been built along the left bank, while on the right bank, bars, restaurants and nightclubs line the quayside. The recent Rouen Armada maritime festival in June 2019 provided an excellent opportunity for visitors to enjoy everything that this newly-developed part of Rouen has to offer.


The beautiful Jardin des plantes, Musée des AntiquitésMusée Flaubert et d’Histoire de la Médecine, Natural History Museum and Musée Corneille (the house where he grew up).

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