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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