A much-prized destination for holidaymakers from nearby Rouen in the late 19th century and early 20th century, the village of La Bouille became renowned thanks to its location along the Seine Valley. Its quays are lined with Normandy-style villas built during the Belle Époque period; still today, these homes vie with each other in elegance, with typical tiled roofs, timber-frame features, balconies and decorative friezes. They bear witness to just how appealing this Seine-side spot was, the population doubling every summer up to World War II.

A tourist circuit leads visitors around the village, with 33 illustrative panels set out beside places of interest. A whole variety of themes are covered, including architecture, local history, gastronomy, literature, painting and tales, revealing La Bouille’s extraordinarily rich past. As regards Impressionism, the banks of the Seine, its riverboats and twilight scenes here became the focus for the likes of Alfred Sisley in La Seine à la Bouille, coup de vent and Albert Lebourg in Bords de Seine à La Bouille, two canvases to admire at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To broaden your exploration of the area, do embark on a boat cruise between Rouen and La Bouille, or on something of a cultural race through the village lanes, led by a tour guide. This latter option provides an original experience, enabling visitors to discover La Bouille’s hidden sides, hearing tales of the Impressionists who stayed here while at the same time solving clues as a team. Please note, these activities only take place on specific dates. Further information and bookings available via the website visiterouen.com.

In addition, La Bouille has preserved its celebrated little ferry, or bac, linking it to the Seine’s north bank. The landing stage stands in the same spot as when the service opened in 1831. Furthermore, the charming towpath is easily accessible and features in one of the Impressionist walking trails proposed by Seine Maritime Attractivité. Finally, for those keen on cycling, La Bouille lies close to one of the cycle routes featured in the Seine à Vélo around Rouen.

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Rouen Normandie Tourisme et Congrès

25 place de la cathédrale76000 Rouen

Tel. :+33 (0)2 32 08 32 40

visiterouen.comThese activities only take place on specific dates. Further information and bookings available via the website of Visite Rouen.

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Practical informations
Rouen Normandie Tourisme et Congrès

25 place de la cathédrale76000 Rouen

Tel. :+33 (0)2 32 08 32 40

visiterouen.comThese activities only take place on specific dates. Further information and bookings available via the website of Visite Rouen.