What to do in Rouen at the weekend ?
Discover Rouen, an ideal destination for a romantic weekend
We propose you today a guide of the unmissable places to visit during a couple weekend in Rouen.
A cultural and romantic weekend
Many artists have been inspired by the charm of the capital of Normandy to create their most beautiful works, so if you like painting we suggest you make a first stop at the Musée des Beaux-Arts.
It is difficult to survey the entire collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in one weekend, so we suggest you go to the Depeaux gallery and admire the collection of impressionist works by Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro.
Access to the permanent collections is free.
After admiring these masterpieces, head for the pedestrianised streets of Rouen city centre to Rue Saint Romain. Alongside the Cathedral, rue Saint Romain has been home to the Historial Jeanne d'Arc since 2015. Installed in the Archbishop's Palace of Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Historial is the largest memorial site for Joan of Arc: a tribute brought to life by an impressive scenography using new technologies such as video mapping or holograms.
Stroll through the streets of Rouen
Of course, there are the must-see places such as the Gros-Horloge and the Notre-Dame de Rouen Cathedral, the Saint-Maclou church and the rue Damiette.
You will enjoy strolling through the narrow streets with their half-timbered facades which give Rouen such a romantic charm: rue des Chanoines, rue du petit mouton, rue du Rosier, rue Eau-de-Robec. The city's gardens and parks are also great places to take a romantic stroll, such as the Jardin des Plantes, Verdrel Square or the gardens of the Town Hall.
Introduction to urban sliding
There is nothing better than to share the experience of a Segway ride in Rouen. If you are interested, the team of the Rouen Tourist Office proposes to discover an unusual ride through the streets of Rouen.
Then take the height of Sainte-Catherine hill, an unmissable panorama of Rouen
Take a little height by going to Sainte-Catherine hill in Bonsecours to admire the sublime panorama of Rouen. Contemplate the roofs of the city of a hundred steeples and the bridges spanning the Seine: a magical moment for lovers.
From the top of its 140 metres, the Sainte-Catherine hill allows you to observe the city of a hundred steeples, its two banks, the Seine and its bridges. Situated to the east of Rouen, Sainte-Catherine Hill is an unmissable place to admire the whole city by day and by night.
Once you reach the top of Sainte-Catherine hill, you will see three reading tables, to the north, west and south, explaining the different monuments in front of you. At sunset, St Catherine's Hill becomes a romantic place where lovers can watch the warm colours of the sky invade the city hand in hand.
Discover another face of the city by going to the quays of the Seine and its industrial architecture.
A popular area for Rouennais, the quays of the Seine are perfect for a long walk between sheds rehabilitated as gyms, restaurants or cafés and the cruise ships and barges that ply the Seine.
Head to the Panorama XXL and enter the artistic world of Yadegar Asisi. Discover a 360° work, mixing painting, drawing and computer graphics.
And if you like boats, why not take advantage of this weekend to visit the port of Rouen and take a 1.5 hour boat ride on the Seine?
Rouen is an inland port, 100 km from the coast. Its proximity to Paris made it the leading port in France for centuries. It is still one of Europe's leading ports today.
Come aboard the "Lutetia" and discover the evolution of the port, its quays and the work of the men and women on the river.
Itinerary: between the William the Conqueror Bridge and the Dieppedalle ferry, round trip
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Of course, a romantic weekend also means having time to visit beautiful shops, go to a restaurant, enjoy a hammam, dress up for an opera, laugh at a café-theatre, discover a play, listen to a concert, so don't hesitate to ask us for advice, the whole team of our establishment is there to inform you.