Rouen

Travel Guide
Gros Horloge as well as a large group of people

Discover the historic medieval city where Joan of Arc was executed. Walk along quaint cobblestone streets in this Normandy city.

Rouen is famous as the location where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. It is the former home of one of the country’s greatest writers, Gustave Flaubert. The city’s cathedral attracts travelers and sightseers just as it once inspired works of art by Monet. Rouen has many museums and historic landmarks created during its important role in Anglo-Norman rule.

Admire the gothic design of the 13th-century Rouen Cathedral. See stained-glass windows dating back more than 800 years as well as the tomb of Richard the Lionheart, a former king of England. The church’s majestic façade inspired impressionist artist Monet to create works now worth millions of dollars.

Find one of Monet’s cathedral paintings in the city’s Musée des Beaux-Arts, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1801. Browse paintings, sculptures and other artworks around the halls of the 19th-century building. Many genres are included, such as impressionist and renaissance art.

Make your way to the Gros Horloge (Big Clock), one of the world’s oldest and largest surviving mechanical clocks. Made in 1389, it has an 8.2-foot (2.5-meter) diameter. Admire the clock’s design with a sun at its center and 24 rays of sunlight pointing to the hours. At the nearby Saint-Ouen Church, appreciate its grand gothic design and famous 19th-century organ.

Stroll along the charming cobblestone street of Rue Eau de Robec to browse its shops and cafés and enjoy interesting architecture. Water flowing down one side of the road offers a tranquil ambiance. Turn down Rue Saint-Romain, near the cathedral, to see gothic and renaissance architectural styles. Some houses have thatched roofs and wooden façades.

The city has warm summers and cold winters with a fair chance of rain. Local people are known as “ Rouennais.”

Take a look around the Tour Jeanne d’Arc in Rouen Castle, where it is said the famous heroine was shown instruments of torture designed for her. In contrast, modern Rouen will show you a very pleasurable experience.

Novotel Suites Rouen Normandie
Novotel Suites Rouen Normandie
4 out of 5
10 Quai Boisguilbert, Ilot Pasteur, Rouen, Seine-Maritime
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The price is AU$158 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
This family-friendly Rouen hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Panorama XXL and Rouen Cathedral. Gros Horloge is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away. Palais ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (718 reviews)
"Good property. Friendly staff. Good location."

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Novotel Suites Rouen Normandie
Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale
Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale
4 out of 5
7 rue Croix de Fer, Rue des Arsins - Accès Parking, Rouen, Seine-Maritime
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The price is AU$165 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Located in Rouen City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rouen Cathedral and Gros Horloge. Tour Jeanne d'Arc and Saint-Ouen Church ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (550 reviews)
"Very nice property in the center of town. Easy walk to everywhere. Great view from our room of the cathedral. Nice, large for Europe, comfortable room. Tight, tight parking, but once parked easy to then just walk."

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2021

Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale
Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Autograph Collection
Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Autograph Collection
5 out of 5
15 Place de la Pucelle, Rouen, Seine-Maritime
Fully refundable
The price is AU$351 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Located in Rouen City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue du Gros-Horloge and Rouen Cathedral. Gros Horloge is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (501 reviews)
"Lovely building and great location"

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2021

Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Autograph Collection
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" 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. Gros Horloge is 0.6 mi (1 km) away. ...
" La Cabane " - spa
Le Saint Paul
Le Saint Paul
Rouen, Normandy
Located in Quartier du Mont Gargan, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Charles Nicolle Hospital and Rouen Cathedral. Gros Horloge is 1.1 mi (1.8 ...
Le Saint Paul
Little angel charming apartment heart of Rouen
Little angel charming apartment heart of Rouen
Rouen, Normandy
Located in Rouen City Centre, this historic apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Place du Vieux-Marche and Rouen Cathedral. Gros Horloge is 0.2 mi ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (57 reviews)
"The property was rather difficult to figure out how to get into. In addition, there was no WiFi as the owners had failed to pay their bill."

Reviewed on 25 Sep. 2021

Little angel charming apartment heart of Rouen
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