With well-appointed rooms and quality services, our Première Classe hotels in Rouen invite you to discover Normandy during your business trip or relaxing break.
Find the not to be missed sights of Rouen
The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, emblem of Gothic art. Situated in the heart of the city center, the majestic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen is the highlight of your tourist stay in Normandy. Mainly built in the 12th century, its gothic architecture has been modified many times throughout history. It has inspired many artists such as Claude Monet who immortalized it in the 19th century through his Rouen Cathedral series. Reaching a height of 495 ft2, its cast iron spire at the top of the lantern tower is the highest in France! It is also the only example of a cathedral in France with an adjoining archbishop's palace, still occupied by an archbishop. Inside, the splendor of the stained glass windows will illuminate your journey. You will discover the history of stained glass, from the 13th century to the present day. The chancel houses the tombs of the Dukes of Normandy, as well as the heart of Richard the Lionheart, King of England and Duke of Normandy. Before returning to Première Classe Rouen Bois Guillaume hotel, why not continue your stroll eastwards towards the Saint-Maclou church, a charming flamboyant Gothic building, next to the antique dealers' district, where art galleries and shops are adorned with sumptuous shop windows.
The Jardin des plantes de Rouen, an Eden of flowers. Located on the south bank of Rouen, less than 10 minutes drive from your hotel, this botanical garden covers more than 19 acres. Very popular with walkers and joggers, it is also a place for experimentation and scientific conservation as the garden is home to many plant species from around the world. As the seasons go by, you will stroll through irises, wisteria, roses, etc. Several greenhouses also form part of the park. They display tropical flowers, carnivorous plants or Mediterranean utility plants. If you like birds, the few aviaries scattered throughout the garden will enchant you. Parrots and parakeets with colorful plumage twirl alongside golden pheasants and Chinese quail. Since 2013, a honey garden has been created. It aims to help local bees produce honey by providing them with plants they love, such as rosemary and mint. In order not to disturb the worker bees, this area is not accessible to visitors. However, you can observe it from the park and understand the role of this place through explanatory panels at the entrance.
Following in the footsteps of the great painters at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Located in the heart of Rouen, the Musée des Beaux-Arts houses a remarkable collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and objets d'art, dating from the 15th century to the present day. The collection is one of the most prestigious in France, with great names such as Perugino, Veronese, Rubens, Vouet, Géricault and Degas. It was created in 1790 with the aim of building up a national collection. The collection has grown steadily over the years, thanks to donations (such as the Baderou donation of nearly 400 paintings and 5,000 drawings in 1975) or purchases (including a Caravaggio in 1955). The tour offers an opportunity to explore the history of art through some major themes such as the Renaissance, the French Grand Siècle, Baroque Europe or Romanticism. In addition to its permanent collections, the museum holds temporary exhibitions each year that can be visited during the day or at night. The life of the museum is punctuated by a vast array of activities. Seminars, lectures, conferences, concerts and guided tours are also regularly on offer.