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rouen

A cultured city with enough museums and churches to quench the thirst of the most dedicated tourist!

Rouen is a medieval masterpiece of a city with its magnificent cathedral, narrow cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings. Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake here. Rouen is a bustling modern city with lots to do, see and great places to eat the local French food.

Is there a local speciality?


Rouen Duck is definitely worth tasting and why not treat yourself at La Couronne, France’s oldest inn?

Any good activities around?

Take in the cities’ Fine Art Museum, then head up the Seine on the abbey trail up to Le Havre. Or cycle through the fruit orchards along the river.

When's market day?

Tuesday to Sunday morning market in the Place du Vieux-Marché


Interesting town fact


Throughout the summer, there is an amazing light show on the façade of the Cathedral from 11pm onwards.

Dates for the diary

July: 'Rouen-sur-Mer', Rouen, Seine-Maritime
The banks of the Seine are transformed into a sandy beach with deckchairs etc for a Seine-side break

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Until 15th Sept: Sound and light show on Rouen Cathedral (at dusk), Seine-Maritime

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Until 30th Sept: 'Dazzling Reflections' exhibition, Musée des Beaux Arts, Rouen, Seine-Maritime

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19th - 20th Oct: 'Fête du Ventre et de la Gastronomie Normande', Rouen, Seine-Maritime
Celebration of Rouen's culinary traditions

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December: 'Rouen Givrée', Rouen, Seine-Maritime
Christmas market together with festive events in the city centre

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Local tourist board

Main image(c) B. Voisin-Office de Tourisme de Rouen 2013