10 good reasons to come to Rouen

Rouen and its Seine Valley offer a multitude of leisure and cultural activities. If you’ve never been to Rouen before and would like to plan a day out, a weekend or a vacation, as a couple or with the family, here are 10 good reasons to discover Rouen and the Seine Valley.

Come to Rouen for the diversity of its monuments

Rouen has the most listed buildings per capita in France. You’ll find historic buildings such as the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, the Aître Saint-Maclou, the Gros-horloge or the Parlement de Normandie.

Gothic and Renaissance architecture that has left its mark on the whole area.

An exceptional heritage

Jeanne d’Arc, Claude Monet, Gustave Flaubert and Pierre Corneille are just some of the people who have forged the town’s character. Stroll along the picturesque streets and admire the timber-framed houses as well as the famous antiques district.

Also discover the richness of the Seine valley as it meanders its way to La Bouilleand its banks of the Seine or Jumièges and its Abbey, authentic villages sure to charm.

The story of Joan of Arc

The emblematic figure of Rouen, Jeanne d’Arc is omnipresent in the streets, squares and monuments of the capital of Normandy… From the Place du Vieux-Marché to the Historial Jeanne d’Arc, via the Pont Boieldieu.

Walk in the footsteps of Joan of Arc and discover her story.

Land of Impressionism

A life-size workshop for the most famous Impressionist painters, Rouen is a crossroads for art and art history. The area also offers numerous art and antique museums exhibiting unique collections.

Land of Impressionism, Rouen and the Seine Valley is a source of inspiration for all the masters of this artistic movement.

A land of events

Rouen stands out as a dynamic destination with international events such as the Davis Cup or the Tour de France. Don’t miss the French Cup, VivaCité, Graines de Jardins and Les Terrasses du jeudi.

Larger-scale events such as the Armada, the Normandie Impressionniste festival and the “Cathedral of Light” show are making the region famous beyond its borders.

If you like big events, you’ve got to come to Rouen. The destination boasts a wide range of sporting and cultural facilities, including the Kindarena, Le 106, the Zenith and the Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf, to welcome all the talent from Normandy and the greatest artists from all over the world.

Gastronomic excellence

Rouen is part of the Unesco “creative city” network in the field of gastronomy. Its local produce is of incomparable quality, and local artisans make the most of it. A tour of the orchards and farms of the Seine loops and a tasting in one of the region’s restaurants will be enough to convince you.

Between Seine and forest

With its incredible forest heritage, the region offers a wide range of nature activities, leisure centers, forest houses, hiking trails and guided tours to explore the flora and fauna of the Seine Valley.

Unique know-how

The region’s products are of incomparable quality, mastered by the unrivalled know-how of local artisans. Rouen and the Seine Valley are brimming with manufacturers who restore, share traditions and invent the products of tomorrow. Ceramics, ironwork and textiles are rooted in the local heritage.


Shopping pleasure

Coming to Rouen and the Seine Valley offers you a wide choice of boutiques and shopping centers to satisfy all your desires. Come and store freely in the boutiques of rue du Gros-Horloge, the pedestrian streets of the city center, the Docks 76 and Saint-Sever shopping centers.

No more excuses not to come to Rouen and have a great time!