Things to do in Rouen
Why should I visit Rouen?
Travel to Northern France by ferry and check out the city of Rouen in Seine-Maritime! It has a charming Norman atmosphere, and its vibrant culture is sure to please visitors. From strolling down its cobblestone streets and marvelling at its Gothic architecture, to sampling local cuisine in traditional bistros, there are plenty of exciting things to do in Rouen.
Plus, with so many historical attractions offering an inside look into the town's rich past, it's one destination that all adventurers will enjoy. From shopping at the traditional markets, admiring fine art galleries, exploring museums and other landmarks associated with Joan of Arc as well as Michelin-starred restaurants – there’s much more than first meets the eye. Discover what to see in Rouen with DFDS and plan what to do with GetYourGuide.
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What is Rouen France known for?
Rouen is well-known for its traditional markets and its towering Rouen Cathedral, which dates back to the 14th century. Here, you can marvel at the intricate stained-glass windows dedicated to Joan of Arc, who was famously burned at the stake on this very spot in 1431. If you’re a history enthusiast, then you’ll love touring the many museums and galleries that showcase Rouen’s storied past. Sample traditional cuisine at local bistros, or take a boat ride down the Seine to explore nearby towns.
Discovering Rouen on foot is an experience like no other – with plenty of charming cafés, markets and boutique stores to explore, there’s so much to see and do in Rouen – you’ll never be bored! Book a ferry crossing with DFDS today and come see it for yourself. Whether you enjoy city breaks, short breaks or a weekend getaway, start your trip to Rouen with DFDS. You won’t regret it!
Top places to visit in Rouen
In this enchanting city, you'll find Rouen Cathedral, which was famously immortalised in Calude Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series, as well as plenty of hidden gems. Discover Joan of Arc’s chapel and breath-taking architecture and be sure to visit the Notre-Dame bridge leading to the bustling old city. Explore historical landmarks such as Rue du Gros Horloge (home to a famous astronomical clock) and Rue de la République, or take some time out in one of the many picturesque parks.
Our top things to do in Rouen includes taking a trip along the Seine to experience the city from another perspective, or checking out one of the city's stunning fine art galleries including Musée des Beaux Arts. Start planning your dream trip to Rouen today and experience the charm of this city for yourself. There’s no better way to explore it than starting your trip with a DFDS ferry crossing.
What to eat and drink in Rouen?
Rouen is known for its classic French dishes, so make sure you sample some of the local cuisine. From steak tartare and mussels to tarte Tatin, there's something for every taste bud. Enjoy a traditional dinner in one of Rouen’s many bistros or head to one of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants for a special occasion.
Savour the local flavours with a glass of Normandy cider and finish off your meal with one of Rouen’s classic desserts such as the famous 'Teurgoule', a slow-cooked rice pudding with cinnamon. Bon appetit!