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Rue du Gros-Horloge
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Ranked #3 of 78 things to do in Rouen
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

When we planned a day visit to Rouen, I never imagined that we'd spend a couple of hours looking at a big clock and climbing a bell tower, but belive me, it was great!

The Gros Horloge is a beautiful giant clock over a pedestrianised Norman road in Rouen. As well as the time, the clock pictorially shows days of the week and the cycle of the sun.For 6EUR (3 for kids over 6) you can go up the belfry and go into the rooms inside the clock itself and see the workings. There is an audio guide which has really interesting facts about the clock and the history of bells etc. The audio was pitched at just the right level to be interesting but not onerous. They had a kids version too for the little ones.

The piece de la resistance is the view right at the top over Rouen, with clear views of the Cathedral and other historic monuments. The children were very excited to have the huge bells chime as we stood next to them - it terrified me!

This was definitely the highlight of our visit to Rouen - it appealed to all the children too (age 5, 8 and 11) which isn't always easy to do.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

A little pricey for the privilege of walking up over 100 steps but not a disappointment when you get to the top, spectacular views over the city.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Unfortunately we didn't get to go up into the tower beside the clock itself, but we did stop to admire the front and back-facing clock faces as well as the magnificent carving underneath and to the sides.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

its worth seeing - street is pretty - but its not worth going miles out of your way for - pretty painted clock over an arch in a shopping street....

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

If there's one street you should visit when coming to Rouen, it is this one, la Rue du Gros Horloge (the street of the Big Clock). The Big Clock right in the middle of the street can be visited and it is well worth a visit if you are interested in history and/or clocks. The audio guides are excellent!
The street is very typically norman, with lots of wooden framed houses and narrow side streets!
The street ends up in Place du Vieux Marche and a memorial to Joan of Arc (yep, more history!!)
All in all, very highly recommended!!

Thank sardine2005
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