Rouen Travel Guide
Capital of the Normandy region, Rouen sits on the shores of the river Seine and is famous for its beautifully restored medieval quarter, majestic Gothic cathedral and its somewhat turbulent history. Be sure to visit the Historical Jeanne d'Arc museum where you can learn all about Joan of Arc's historic vision, trial and subsequent condemnation.
With a huge variety of museums, vibrant cultural life and historical landmarks, Rouen in one of Normandy's most engaging destinations.
Things to see and do
Joan of Arc History Museum
Possibly the most famous figure to be associated with Rouen, Joan of Arc's life is told throughout the museum situated in the historic centre of the city.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Situated in the heart of the historic town centre, the Cathedral epitomizes the evolution of Gothic architecture, featuring a 12th century construction on top of foundations from the 4th century and even a Roman vestige.
The Gothic belfry holds one of the oldest clock mechanisms in Europe, and an ascension to the top provides exquisite views of the city below.
Museum of Fine Arts
Bringing together one of the most prestigious collections of art in France, the Museum of Fine Arts is home to several works by the classical masters from Rubens, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Ribera to Poussin.
- Flight time from London: 1hr 25min
- Paris Orly Airport: 149km from the city centre; transfer time about 1hr 50min
- Eurostar London to Rouen: 4hr 36min
- Nearest railway station: Gare de Rouen-Orléans
- Currency: Euro
Tucked inside the warm and relaxing atmosphere of a 16th-century Gothic mansion, L'Odas is the perfect restaurant for seekers of classic French cuisine.
Arguably one of the best crêperies in the city, La Cornaëlle is situated down the charming street of Robec and is brimming is old world charm.
Restaurant Le Kaboul
For those seeking an alternative to French cuisine, then look no further than Restaurant Le Kaboul. Serving traditional Afghan cuisine, in a light filled golden interior, this is an experience as well as a meal.