Rouen

Rouen

Sail Newhaven-Dieppe and Rouen is 50 mins / 40 miles from Dieppe
Sail Portsmouth-Le Havre and Rouen is 1 hr 5 mins / 55 miles from Le Havre
Sail Dover-Calais and Rouen is 2 hr / 130 miles from Calais

Rouen, discover the capital of Normandy.

The ancient capital of Normandy is known as the "Town with a Thousand Spires" because over the centuries different parts of the city have been adorned with stunning churches and cathedrals. One of the most famous - Notre-Dame Cathedral - even inspired Monet to paint his Cathedral series, one of which you can see in the Musee de Beaux-Arts. Steeped in history, Rouen was captured by the English in 1419 and returned to French rule in 1449.

The Joan of Arc story.

One of Rouen’s most famous daughters was Joan of Arc and in 1431 she was convicted and burnt at the stake on the Place du Vieux Marché. You can visit the Joan of Arc Tower where her trial was held and there is even and museum dedicated to her.

A Normandy Christmas Market, an experience to savour.

Rouen is an all year round destination but every December marks the beginning of the Christmas activities and in front of the Cathedral the Marché de Noël comes to life with all the sights and smells you would want from the Christmas stalls.

As well as the festive gifts, crafts and foods there are two ice rinks where all the family can try a little ice-skating. Plus there is lots of entertainment for all age groups making it the perfect place for a winter getaway.

Explore the city. Discover and uncover.

Rouen is a great city to just wander around and soak up the atmosphere that’s why the best way to explore the city is on foot. Be sure to visit the beautiful half timbered houses and The Big Clock.

If you’re feeling energetic why not climb to the top for an amazing view of the city. You can take a stroll along the banks of the Seine stopping for a coffee or lunch along the way and if you love shopping Rouen is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon browsing the shops and boutiques which line the main streets. 

Food markets, antiques and curious. 

The weekend is the best time to visit the markets in Rouen. On Saturday and Sunday go to Place Saint Marc for fresh produce, flowers and a good rummage around for general goods and antiques. For fresh fruit and vegetables, local cheeses and meats the Vieux Marche is well worth a visit too.

Great food even better people watching.

In Rouen there are plenty of places to eat and drink in pretty settings where the prices are down to earth. There’s nothing better than sitting at a pavement terrace while watching the world and the French go by.

For more details of what Rouen has to offer visit: http://www.rouentourisme.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2508&language=en-US