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 Welcome to Rouen, the Capital of Normandy and the Seine-Maritime department, which opens it’s doors and heart to you. The city, also known as the ‘Ville aux cent clochers’ dear to Victor Hugo, has preserved much of it’s historical centre which is now largely composed of pedestrian streets.

As you walk through the historical centre, past half timbered houses, discover architectural treasures for example Gothic monuments like the Notre Dame Cathedral, St Ouen Abbey, Saint Maclou Church and the Palais de Justice or Renaissance style monuments like the Gros Horloge, Saint Maclou Ossuary and the Bourgtheroulde Mansion. 

Or you can also follow in the steps of Richard the Lion Heart, Joan of Arc, Pierre Corneille or Gustave Flaubert, some of the many characters who have been part of Rouen’s history.

After the historical centre, if you are looking to go back to nature, go up to the ‘Sainte Catherine’ hill nearby, from where you can admire a magnificent view of the city and the meandering River Seine or walk along rue Eau de Robec where some watermills, testament to an important textile history when people were making a living out of the cloth manufacturing industry, which is now represented by the sheep symbol.
You can also enjoy a walk along the river which reminds you that the development of the city was due to its port which is still successful.


The fine Arts museum
An outstanding collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures is complemented by furniture and other art objects.
Paintings by Caravaggio, Velázquez, Delacroix, Géricault, Modigliani, Monet and Sisley are amongst the most famous.
Entrance: Esplanade Marcel Duchamp. Tel 02 35 71 28 40
Open everyday from 10am to 6pm except on Tuesday. Closed 1/1, 1/5, 8/5, Ascension, 14/7, 5/8, 1/11, 11/11, 25/12.

Ceramics Museum
This large faience collection shows the evolution of Rouen earthenware as well as some works from other important production centres (Nevers, Moustiers, Delft, etc.).
Opening of two new rooms dedicated to the Sèvres China of XIX and XX centuries.
Entrance at 1, rue Faucon Tel. 02 35 07 31 74.
Open daily except Tuesday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm. Closed : 1/1, 1/5, 8/5, Ascension, 14/7, 5/8, 1/11, 11/11, 25/12.

Museum Le Secq des Tournelles, iron works
This ironworks collection is unrivalled anywhere in the world.
Architecture elements, door knockers, jewellery, sewing objects and costumes.
Entrance at 2, rue Jacques Villon Disabled access, rue Deshays.Tel. 02 35 88 42 92.
Open daily except Tuesday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm. Closed: 1/1, 1/5, 8/5, Ascension, 14/7, 15/8, 1/11, 11/11, 25/12.


Le XXL Bar 25-27, rue de la Savonnerie - 76000 Rouen (gay)
L'Insolite 58, rue d'Amiens - 76000 Rouen (gay)
Le Miss MARPLE 35, rue de la Tour-de-Beurre - 76000 Rouen (Lesbian )

Nightclubbing :

Le TRIPLEX * * * (gay friendly) 177, route de Paris - Amfreville La Mivoie près de Rouen. Tel :

LE CHAKRA 4 bis, boulevard Ferdinand de Lesseps - 76000 ROUEN Tél :

LAS VEGAS 2, rue Malherbe - 76100 Rouen– infoline : from 11pm to 5 am.

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