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Free events and activities in Rouen


Free events and activities in Rouen

In summer and throughout the year, free entertainment and other leisure activities are always appreciated. Finding free activities to do on your own or with friends can be a challenge when you're on a tight student budget or low income. Here's a round up of the best ways to visit Rouen and have fun without spending any money!


Discover Rouen and have fun for free

Here are some ideas for free activities and events in Rouen:

  • To start, take the time to discover the city and its monuments, with your own walking tour. You can also admire the Rouen keep, located not far from the Musée des Beaux-Arts and la Ferronnerie. A few streets away, you can explore the Palais de Justice, Place du Vieux-Marché and the famous Rue du Gros-Horloge. 
  • A second pedestrian circuit will take you past the antique dealers' district, Place Saint-Marc and Aître Saint-Maclou. Rouen Cathedral is at the meeting point of these two circular routes! All these monuments are free to visit.
  • Jardin des Plantes, Parc de la Presqu'île Rollet, Parc Grammont and Jardin de l'Hôtel-de-Ville are all places where you can relax and picnic free of charge.
  • During the Armada, a famous event for boat enthusiasts, all the concerts are free entry. So is the Rush festival, which takes place outdoors in various parts of the city, such as Jardin des Hôtel-de-Ville and Aître Saint-Maclou. There are many festivals in Rouen which are very popular with students - enjoy!
  • Some museums are also free to visit. These include Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée de la Céramique, the Natural History Museum, Pierre Corneille's birthplace and Musée Flaubert. 
  • Among the free events in Rouen, you can also take part in the Hip-Hop Ball. Take a look at the programme for the Jours de Fête festival too, it takes place throughout the summer! There are many street theatre performances during the summer too.

As you can see there are plenty of free events and activities in Rouen for students to enjoy!