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About Rouen

Rouen’s intricate but foreboding Gothic Cathedral, in the beautiful medieval quarter, is one of this historic city’s main attractions. The cathedral inspired Monet to paint numerous canvases, Richard the Lionheart’s heart is kept in one of the tombs and Joan of Arc was burned in the main square in the 15th Century. This is also where Gustav Flaubert was born. Many of the best places to stay in Rouen are in or very close to the historic centre of town.

Rouen is only around an hour and a half drive from Paris and around two hours from the EuroTunnel, so many visitors will arrive with a car - but park it up, this is a perfect sized city for exploring on foot or by bike.

Not all of Rouen has been as well preserved as the cathedral and the city did suffer bombing during WW2. The impressively Gothic law courts are a restoration of the 16th Century original.

What not to miss:

  • Its impressive art gallery with Monets, Renoirs, Sisleys and Caravaggios.
  • The Gros Horloge - or Great Clock, which has a gilded medieval clock with one hand atop a Renaissance archway.
  • The wonderfully macabre architecture and decoration of the Aître St-Maclou - once a plague cemetery.
  • Rouen also has an impressive ceramics museum and numerous beautiful churches and abbeys.

Our Guru’s pick of the best places to stay in Rouen tend to be smaller, independent hotels or family run B&Bs.The city is a popular destination, so if you're planning a visit, get organised and reserve your bed in one the best places to stay in Rouen now!

For a central location

  • The Hotel le Cardinal Is a 15 room B&B with stunning views over the cathedral. The rooms are modern and elegant and some have private balconies. As well as being close to the cathedral you’re also in the heart of town by many of the main sights and plenty of restaurants, cafes and boutiques.

For spa breaks

  • Spa Hotel de Bourgtheroulde is a classy five-star hotel in the heart of Rouen. Find comfortable, spacious rooms with a deluxe spa and pool.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fly to either Deauville - Saint-Gatien Airport, Beauvais-Tillé Airport or Le Havre - Octeville Airport all under 100km from the city. Several trains also depart from the St Lazare Station in Paris for Rouen on a daily basis.
  • Weather-wise the best time to visit is the summer months from June to September with temperatures peaking in July at around 23?.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Rouen

  • Hotel le Cardinal, Rouen Rouen 15 rooms from £76

    Views  -  Views of the cathedral from all of its rooms
    Great walks  -  Explore Rouen on foot
    Sights nearby  -  Rouen Cathedral
    Short break
    Disabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    A simple townhouse bed & breakfast offering unfussy rooms with stunning views of the Cathedral. Bedrooms are elegant in shades of white with parquet floors & some have private balconies. Close to main shopping streets, there is lots local exploring on the doorstep & plenty of restaurants nearby. See More

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  • Une Chambre dans L'Atelier de R Rouen (Normandy) 1 rooms from £78

    Romantic Break  -  This apartment is the perfect size for a couple's getaway; couple's love the convenient location and the cosy apartment
    City Style  -  Located in the heart of Rouen on a picturesque street, this apartment has lots of local style
    Hideaway  -  Hideaway on your next holiday in this pretty, self-contained one-bedroom apartment
    Local markets  -  Wander round Marché St Marc, a local farmer's market, and see how the locals shop
    ParkingNo pets

    This charming, one-bedroom apartment is located in the heart of the old town in Rouen. Interiors are simple and elegant with some heritage furnishings and crisp white linens; self-catering facilities are available in the property. Enjoy a traditional continental breakfast by the host; a cosy stay. See More

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  • Chateau Hotel de Belmesnil Rouen (St. Denis le Thiboult) 10 rooms from £135

    Country Escape  -  A relaxing stay in a tranquil spot surrounded by pretty Normandy countryside.
    Great walks  -  Discover miles of walking trails through the picturesque countryside.
    Full of character
    Air conditioningGardenPet friendlyParking

    A picture perfect chateau boasting a secluded spot in Normandy. Elegant rooms are traditionally dressed with sunny hues, antiques and indulgent bathrooms. Beautifully restored reception rooms are ideal for glamorous events. A charming French escape. See More

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  • Spa Hotel de Bourgtheroulde Rouen 78 rooms from £152

    Local exploring  -  The ideal launchpad for exploring this stunning Norman capital, right in the heart of Rouen's historic centre.
    Business meetings  -  Centrally located with excellent conference rooms facilities, it's perfect for business meetings.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Church of St Joan of Arc less than two minutes walk away.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    A classy five-star hotel in the heart of Rouen. Comfortable, spacious rooms with a deluxe spa and pool. Check out the traditional regional cuisine at Brasserie des 2 Rois. Visit the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and explore the rich history of Normandy's capital. See More

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