Rouen Travel Guide

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    Half-timbered house in Rouen
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    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sailing throughout Normandy on the Uniworld Baroness, the crew urged us to go to the Cathedral and see the Light Show at 10pm. I had visions of cheesy strobe lights and disco balls and choir background music. A group of us made our way to the beautiful lit Cathedral and at 10pm, the lights vanished into complete darkness as the bells chimed. ...

  • Eglise Jeanne d'Arc - Vieux Marche

    In the ancient Vieux-Marché of Rouen is this very modern church, which at first looks so out of place and yet after a few minutes looks not at all out of place. This is the site where Joan of Arc was burnt to death and so it seems fitting that a church dedicated to St Jeanne d'Arc should be on this spot, but before the second world war the church...


    This is a symbol literally of the city, all come here to see it and for many years it was closed, now its open renovated, beautiful again. The Gothic belfry houses since its construction at the end of the 14th century, the communal bells and clock of the city. The big clock is a pavilion of the Renaissance that crosses the street by a low arch....

  • The abbey church of Saint-Ouen

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    More impressive than Rouen's Notre Dame Cathedral is, in my opinion, the Abbey Church of St Ouen. It's also HUGE! This grand old church, built in the Norman Gothic style, was started in 1318. The hundred years war interrupted the work and it wasn't completed until the 15th century. The church was originally part of the benedictine abbey dedicated...


    one of the icon churches of Rouen. another must see while in town. Open from April 1 to October 31 Saturdays and Sundays from 10h- 12h and 14h-18h. From November 1 to March 31 open Saturdays and Sundays from 10h-12h and 14h-17h30. It is closed from mondays to fridays and Dec 25 and Jan 1. A bit of history Saint-Maclou Church is dedicated to a...


    Yet another masterpiece of the flamboyant Gothic style which has been so popular in Rouen's history it seems, the Palais de Justice (Law Courts) was little more than a bombed out shell at the end of the second world war. Since then the building has been painstakingly restored (save a few bullet holes and scars of shell damage on the facade facing...


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Rouen Restaurants


    4 out of 5 stars

    The Place du Vieux Marché is a great place to stop for lunch and people watching in the heart of Rouen, but many of the eateries are overpriced and not always of the quality you would hope for. One place which is a good bet is JM's café on the Eastern side of the square which has some good value lunchtime deals and serves some good quality fresh...


    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is a classic resto here that we have come over the years, right off the river seine off place de la République open from 12h-14h, and 19h-22h ,closed Mondays. AC restaurant.great Chinese oriental decoration throughtout.parking on the haute ville tour, around the corner, or the street; its family run and excellent dish presentation. porc laqué,...

  • Great oriental/Chinese/Thai/Japanese

    This is a classic resto here that we have come over the years, right off the river seine off place de la Républiqueopen from 12h-14h, and 19h-22h ,closed Mondays.AC restaurant.great Chinese oriental decoration throughtout.parking on the haute ville tour, around the corner, or the street; its family run and excellent dish presentation. porc laqué,...


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  • Always Reliable - An Irish Pub

    Wherever you go in the world there is always an Irish Pub there to save the English speaking visitor! In Rouen you don't really need to be saved from anything but this Irish pub on the North side of Place du Vieux Marché is a very pleasant place to stop off and enjoy a beer. I'm not one for Guiness or the other traditional Irish brews but this...

  • drinks in the main square

    Located on the beautiful main square in Rouen, the Carpe Diem Café looks more like a bar than restaurant/café.When we visited, most of the tables out the front of the café were filled with happy people enjoying the early evening sun with a beer or mixed drink.We decided to join them for a cool drink and have a chat about the events of the day.Alex...

  • Prime People Watching

    If you are looking for somewhere to have drink on Place du Vieux Marche you will probably end up at L'Euro Café. Located in the heart of the square, it is prime people watching territory. The café has a large seating area out the front, plus plenty of room inside over a couple of floors. The waiting staff are good looking and fairly efficient.The...


Rouen Transportation


    getting to Rouen from Paris is easy 1h10-30 ride by train from Gare St Lazare, it can easily be a one day trip From Gare Rouen-Rive Droite, an Art Nouveau building done between 1912 to 1928, there’s a frequent express train to/from Paris’ Gare St-Lazare . Local destinations include Caen , Dieppe and Le Havre. Gare Rouen-Rive Gauche has regional...


    In Rouen, the Seine river is wide 2 to 3 km and deep enough to allow even large ocean ships to reach Rouen harbor. This is why Rouen is living along the river and the Seine has and had always, a main importance for the city. Man had to help nature and began in the middle of the 19th century. For more details, look at : Rouen et la Seine


    Cy'clic Cy' click is a simple, rapid bike rental system that meets all your cravings. Subscriptions are varied you can choose between 1 day, 7 days, six months or a year. The first half hour is always free of charge regardless of your subscription. There are 20 stations in downtown. One has the entrance of the hostel. The price was in...


Rouen Shopping

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    There are really two I went often when living in Versailles here, and Brittany nowdays. The one at the place du vieux marché where the Jeanne d'Arc Church is and the one we like even more as more local is by place Saint Marc this one last is held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6h to 18h, Sundays from 6h to 13h30 it is a food market and...


    Auzou is the best chocolate maker in Rouen. It is working since 1634 in this house. Larmes de Jeanne d'Arc (Tears of Joan of Arc) : almond lightly grilled, added with nougatine and coated whith chocolate. Agneau Rouennais (Rouen's lamb), kind of Genoa bread. Confit de pommes Macarons de Grand'mère Auzou

  • markets or marchés de Rouen

    There are really two I went often when living in Versailles here, and Brittany nowdays. The one at the place du vieux marché where the Jeanne d'Arc Church is and the one we like even more as more local is by place Saint Marcthis one last is held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6h to 18h, Sundays from 6h to 13h30it is a food market and...


Rouen Local Customs


    Jeanne d'Arc, patron saint of France, was tried and burned at the stake in Rouen. The English and French fought each other in the Hundred Years War until Jeanne d'Arc helped put Charles VII on the throne. He was crowned in Reims. Then in 1430 the English threatened the French with economic sanctions and so Jeanne d'Arc was handed over for...

  • the beach Rouen plage

    as many cities in France, the summer is a time to révélations,and no exception at Rouen they have their beach by the Seine river too.This is from July, and all can enjoy itA sandy beach of 10000 m² borders the banks of Seine where everyone can find his happiness. Relaxation and rest for some, cooking demonstrations, workshops, concerts and theatre...

  • L'Armada boats galore

    This is a local custom I have been coming since the second edition, will missed the next one it is the 6th edition. A wonderful way to be in Rouen.The Armada is a chance to see the biggest sail boats in the world, entering by the river Seine, and for 10 days you have the opportunity to see them all. You have themes restaurants and small villages...


Rouen Tourist Traps

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    by JLBG Updated Nov 8, 2004

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    In Rouen as in many other places, you might encounter beggars of various kinds. I had spotted on the other side of the street, behind the Palais de justice, this old man, who was looking fine but had a strange behavior. He addressed some of the passer-by, not each of them, and asked very discreetly something to them. By pure chance, I was lucky to shoot when one person answered him by tipping.

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    by isolanthui Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: A gift from Bruno's mother.

    It's been more than 2 years from then, and I haven't finished this book (in french) yet...J'suis desole!!

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Rouen Off The Beaten Path

  • Church Saint Clément

    this is a bit away from most visitors but nice to see. The quartier Saint Clément at the square of the same name has the church of Saint Clément. This is just north of the St Marc neighborhood where the market is, see tip here.It is close to the jardin des plantes of the city which is on the same neighborhood. The Catholic site...

  • Dungeon de Rouen tour Jeanne d'Arc

    The tour Jeanne d'Arc, this tower was part of the Castle built in 1204 by Philippe Auguste. It is in this castle that was the trial of Joan of Arc and this Dungeon that heroin was threatened with torture in the presence of its judges but it is in another Tower, now defunct, where she was locked up. This cylindrical tower includes three superimposed...

  • Palais de Justice/hotel de ville

    the justice palace or courthouse in Rouen. a wonderful architectural buildingA perfect example of the final period of the middle age architecture. The oldest part is the west wing (to the left of the photo) built from 1499 to house the speake house of the Bourgeois and the exchequer of Normandy (the high judicial and finance court).From 1508, it...


Rouen Sports & Outdoors

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    by gwened Written Apr 7, 2012

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    Its a city of Champions, the Rouen Dragons have been crowned Champion of France last night beating Grenoble in Ice Hockey in the league Magnus. 12 times champions of France and the third title in a row.
    the webpage official of the team is at
    in French so here is the info 25 rue Jean-Philippe Rameau, Grand-Mare, near Rouen
    Tel +33
    Fax +33
    you reach the stadium ice arena by car take route de Darnétal to place Saint Hilaire,for about 1 kilometer, then at roundabout circle take avenue de la Grand Mare to the left ,continue for 1 kilometer, then turn right on the hill. Public transport TCAR via line TEOR, T2 stop/arrêt Malraux. Here is the trace of the line TEOR in pdf file

    Then if not enough my other favorite team the Rouen Huskies are the Champion of Baseball in France and vice champion of Europe, their season has begun and they are in Third place . the Champions league begins May 30 and Rouen is in group at
    Rotterdam based group
    1. Technika Brno CZE
    2. C.B. Barcelona ESP
    3. DOOR Neptunus NED
    4. Danesi Café Nettuno ITA
    5. Buchbinder Legionaire GER
    6. Rouen Huskies FRA

    San Marino base group

    1. L & D Amsterdam NED
    2. T & A San Marino SMR
    3. Paderborn Untouchables GER
    4. Hoboken Pioneers BEL
    5. Fortitudo Bologna ITA
    6. Draci Brno CZE

    The wonderful stadium is at Stade Saint-Exupéry - terrain Pierre Rolland - 76000 ROUEN
    just behind the St Nicolas hospital. at 24 Boulevard Gambetta,Complexe Sportif Antoine de Saint-Exupery ;you can walk from city center here, along rue des Faulx, then rue Saint Hilaire or from the quai de Paris, go to bvld Gambetta turn left and then follow signs for the hospital first and then for the St Exupery sports center. The official webpage is here

    Equipment: come and cheers its great

    Rouen Huskies baseball field
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    The Place de la Rougemare in Rouen has some lovely examples of the half timbered buildings and stone buildings which fill Rouen's old centre. Whilst there are plenty of examples of such buildings I liked this 'Place' as it seemed to be a little off the tourist track and was quieter and just seemed very residential and 'real french'. The two...


    a city with such history of France and maintains so well its buildings needs more time, and walking is the best way to see the cities of France. Rouen was one of the first cities ever that I visited here and its has remained with me. I used to go a lot here living nearer, now I will plan my trips. and one extra photo for the show, riding and you...


    I used to come here often and stop by the museum, it is now closed and the items sold to different collectors and other smaller museum at auction. Closed since 2002. Still it is a nice souvenir of a great museum to a grand lady of France started by private persons in 1958. its was at 33 place du vieux marché, next to the church where she was...


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    Aug 26, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Pont Mathilde will reopen to traffic at 5pm today, 26th August 2014

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