Things to do in Rouen for the Day

rouen things to do

Rouen takes one of the most prime locations in France in the region of Normandy. Situated between the cities of Paris and Le Havre, this city has numerous medieval buildings, including cathedrals, timber-framed houses, and cobblestone streets. Once the merchant’s paradise, Rouen is still a major attraction to the tourists all around the world and a great day trip from Paris. Let’s take a good look at a few things to do in Rouen.

Things to do in Rouen

Rouen Cathedral


Rouen Cathedral

Let’s begin with the beautiful cathedral of Rouen. The temple is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Constructed in the 1200s, the church still preserves stained glass windows from that time. The building is simply breath-taking.

Rouen Museums


The city of Rouen is filled with museums carrying different types of masterpieces from the past. Musée des Beaux-Arts houses the second most extensive collection of the impressionist work of the French artists. Then we have the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles containing some of the most delicate wrought iron structures. Musée de Rouen and the Musée de la Céramique hold antiques for nature and beautiful pottery lovers.

Historical Joan of Arc


Joan of Arc museum

This city is filled with traces of the presence of Joan of Arc. Numerous locations of the town tell the tale of the historic lady. Visit the site of her trial that has been turned into a museum now. You may also visit Joan of Arc Tower, Église Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc de Rouen (the location where she was burnt), and the statue of Joan of Arc in the old market square.

Gros Horloge


Gros Horloge Rouen

Gros Horloge is one of the oldest astronomical clocks located in the main shopping street of the city. The wooden clock was mounted in 1300, which was destroyed in the Harelle revolts and replaced by the belfry structure. It is a famous and beautiful medieval heritage grabbing the attention of tourists all around the world.

Rouen Old Market Square


The old market square is the perfect stop for a coffee break. Enjoy the delicious coffee while admiring the beautiful timber-framed building surrounding the square. The square is a quaint site to make a cherishing memory.

Vieux Rouen


Vieux Rouen

The broad boulevards of the city contain 227 historical monuments from the past. If that’s not enough, Vieux Rouen has about 2000 timber-framed houses, crooked but charming. Bang your Instagram feed with this picturesque view of the medieval civilization.

Jardin des Plantes


This garden is an ideal family trip location during the spring season. Several plant species under the bright sunny sky are an excellent site.

Church of Saint-Maclou


Another beautiful Gothic-style church with a sad history of plaque which killed three-quarter of the city’s population back in 1348. Ossuary of Saint-Maclou was constructed in the courtyard when the local cemetery ran out of space.

Palais de Justice


The flamboyant gothic style building of the Palais de Justice. Built-in 1499, the sand-colored building shows clear signs of the destruction of during the world war II bombing. The building is being used as a court, but you may visit it on Tuesday and last Friday of each month.

Plan a Day trip to Rouen


France Daytrip offer private transfers by car to discover Rouen: