Rouen is known throughout the world for its rich heritage. The glistening waters of the Seine, lined with white chalky cliffs, majestic abbeys and lush orchards, have linked the city of the Viking Rollo, William the Conqueror, Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Claude Monet, Corneille, Flaubert and Marcel Duchamp with the rest of the world.
Rouen – the capital city of Normandy with more than 2 000 years of history behind it – with its majestic gothic cathedral dominating the skyline – the extraordinary life and death of Joan of Arc – was and still is closely connected to its river and where our genuine hospitality and unique experiences welcome millions of visitors every year.
art of living
Its picturesque pedestrian streets lined with half-timber houses, bustle with exceptional crafts, antique shops, exclusive boutiques, luxury stores and rich regional culinary traditions. An historical first-class world capital, Rouen is embedded in history and reflect the true Norman “Art of living”, where the old meets the new and history keeps on writing itself.
Rouen is proud of its region and welcomes visitors with open arms, inviting them to enjoy and share its amazing historical sites and museums. The region is also a unmissable destination for tourists and is recognised as such by the award of the prestigious City of Art and History label. It offers a rich and a varied programme of visits to local chateaux, abbeys and guided circuits through the ancient streets of medieval Rouen.
The Tourist Office of Rouen offers a big variety of excursions and conferences that focus on the historical, natural, industrial and impressionist heritage of Rouen and its surrounding towns and villages, with the most popular of them being: Rouen capital of Normandy, On the footsteps of the Impressionists and Joan of Arc. Audio guides are equally available at the Tourist Office front desk to enable you to freely.
Visit the historical centre of Rouen and the history of Joan of Arc. The city also has 250 bikes and 24 stations available to the public for those who would like to discover the city and its surroundings by bike. A little electric tourist train operates during Summer and can be booked for groups or individual visits. The tourist office is also ready to support your chosen shore excursion provider in order to create the most suitable tours.