Things to do in Rouen

New to Rouen? Here are the best things to do while you're there.

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Start with the Top Sights in Rouen

If you're in Rouen to see the sights, you can't miss any of these.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

⭐️ 4.7 (12902)

place du Vieux-Marché

⭐️ 4.5 (6462)

Le Gros-Horloge

⭐️ 4.6 (5852)

Rouen Botanical Garden

⭐️ 4.5 (5609)

Rouen Museum of Fine Arts - Meeting of Metropolitan Museums (RMM)

⭐️ 4.5 (3128)

St Joan of Arc's Church

⭐️ 4.5 (2794)

Historial Jeanne d’Arc

⭐️ 4.5 (1794)

St. Maclou Catholic Church

⭐️ 4.5 (1302)

Donjon de Rouen

⭐️ 4.2 (687)

Musée Le Secq des Tournelles

⭐️ 4.6 (511)

Ceramics Museum - Meeting of Metropolitan Museums (RMM)

⭐️ 4.4 (135)

The top affordable restaurants in Rouen

Discover a variety of budget-friendly dining options in Rouen city, offering delicious cuisine without breaking the bank.

Le Bistrot d'Arthur

⭐️ 4.4 (1838)

Price Range: $$

La Pasta Tinto

⭐️ 4.6 (1604)

Price Range: $$

Brasserie Paul

⭐️ 4 (1532)

Price Range: $$

Le 6ème Sens

⭐️ 4.3 (1317)

Price Range: $$

le P'tit Zinc

⭐️ 4.2 (1105)

Price Range: $$


⭐️ 4.7 (834)

Price Range: $$

Restaurant La Petite Auberge

⭐️ 4.3 (825)

Price Range: $$


⭐️ 4.2 (810)

Price Range: $$

Un Grain de...

⭐️ 4.5 (651)

Price Range: $

La Pêcherie

⭐️ 4.6 (632)

Price Range: $$

Gill Côté Bistro

⭐️ 4.4 (606)

Price Range: $$

Checkout these incredible local experiences in Rouen

These are curated, high quality experiences in Rouen hosted by locals!

Cheese and pairing in Normandy

Exploring the city of a hundred steeples

10 essential places in Rouen

Sweet tour in Rouen

Portrait of glass hobs like 1850

TOP 10 secrets of Rouen (VIP tour with a sailor)

Cosmetic product manufacturing workshop

Discover the authentic and hidden Rouen

Instinctual Local Cooking Class with Betty

Discover French craftsmanship

End your night in some of the best bars in Rouen

Discover the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Rouen, curated exclusively for you.

Les Berthom

⭐️ 4.4 (1068)

Price Range: $$

Euro Café

⭐️ 4.1 (801)

Price Range: $$

La Fée Torchette

⭐️ 4.5 (794)

Price Range: $

Au Fût et à mesure Rouen

⭐️ 4.5 (605)

Price Range: $$

Côcoon Bar

⭐️ 4.6 (482)

Price Range: $$

Le Vicomté

⭐️ 4 (423)

Price Range: $$

Le Petit Bar Cocktails

⭐️ 4.7 (321)

Price Range: $$

Ma-Kao Bar

⭐️ 4.6 (314)

Price Range: $$

L’Absinthe Cocktail bar

⭐️ 4.8 (314)

Rhumerie Gibier de Potence

⭐️ 4.5 (290)

Bar Le Sacre

⭐️ 4.3 (225)

Pick from the best places to stay in Rouen

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Check out these bookable attractions in Rouen

These are some of the best tours, museums, and activities in Rouen.

Private Rouen Custom Tour

Castles and Abbeys Private Tour

Guided Tour to Normandy D-Day Sites

Looking for unforgettable fine-dining experiences in Rouen?

Hungry? We've got the best rated, the best of the best.

La Couronne

⭐️ 4.2 (718)

Price Range: $$$


⭐️ 4.7 (577)

Price Range: $$$$

La Marmite

⭐️ 4.8 (377)

Price Range: $$$

Restaurant Rodolphe

⭐️ 4.7 (314)

Price Range: $$$

Frequently asked questions:

  1. Visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Rouen: Gaze at the iconic Gothic architecture while admiring breathtaking sculptures, stained glass, and the rich history of the construction of this Romanesque and Gothic masterpiece.
  2. Take a Tour of the Palace of Justice: Explore the centuries-old palace with its rich renovations, towers, and ornate arcades, which dates all the way back to the 14th century.
  3. Catch a Show at the Rouen Opera House: Enjoy world-class performances in this breathtaking Gold Age-style theater, which dates back to the mid-1800s and features grand frescoed walls and beautiful galleries.

Rouen enjoys mild temperatures throughout the year, making it an ideal destination for visitors at any time. However, the best time to visit is generally during the summer months of June, July, and August when temperatures are typically warm, and there are plenty of cultural and entertainment events scheduled in the city.

Rouen is best explored with a minimum of three days. Explore the beautiful historical sites and landmarks such as the Church of Saint-Maclou, the ancient market and the église Saint-Vincent, as well as a host of other nearby attractions. Try out some of the city's renowned local cuisine, and make sure you enjoy some of the shops and restaurants which Rouen is becoming renowned for.

Rouen is an easily navigable city. To get around, visitors can take the bus and tram lines, which are frequent and run through the city center and along the river Seine. If visitors want to explore further afield, they can also rent a bike or hire a car. Alternatively, taking a leisurely walk along Rouen's cobblestone streets offers the perfect opportunity to soak up the city's atmosphere.

Rouen is a great city for kids. Visit the historic churches such as the Gothic Saint Maclou and the impressive abbey of Saint Ouen. The Museum of Natural History is also a must, it contains a vast collection of some of the world's most fascinating creatures. Finally, a trip to Parsc Expo Amiens is a great spot to spend a fun-filled day.

We've actually curated a complete list of the best bars in Rouen. To start off we'd have to mention Bar Le Vintage, Côcoon Bar, Le Petit Bar Cocktails. Check out our page on the best bars in Rouen.

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