Walk around Le Havre

Le Havre’s city centre, rebuilt by the architect Auguste Perret, is the first urban area of the mid-20th century that has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

At the Tourism Office of Le Havre you can ask for information about the city and enjoy theme guided tours organized by the Events and Heritage Service. Brochure available at :

The Volcano: two curve shaped buildings.

Show apartment: It can be visited every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.00 p.m., 3.00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. Meeting point with the guide: Place de la Mairie, 1 (on the corner of Rue de Paris).

Saint-Joseph Church is the dominant spiritual lighthouse of the city and one of the most important artworks of the architecture of the 20th century.

Notre-Dame’s Cathedral is the oldest building in Le Havre and one of the few that subsisted to the Second World War. The western façade, the altarpieces of the 15th century, as well as the organ, a gift from Richelieu, are particularly important.

The Natural History Museum, housed in a former courtroom of the 18th century, is a collection of palaeontology, zoology and 8000 manuscripts and drawings of the naturalist Charles Alexandre Lesueur.

The Town Hall Square, symbol of Le Havre’s rebirth, also shows the language of the architect: classical for its great colonnade, modern for its highest tower of more than 70 m.

Normandy: History & Landscapes

During your stay in Le Havre, we recommend you to visit unavoidable cities and landscapes which are part of its history and culture. These are some of the most important tourist places in Normandy that you will enjoy for sure. Honfleur: little maritime city that invites you to discover its small picturesque streets, its wooden façades and its impressionist heritage.
  • What to visit: Lieutenance, Vieux-Bassin, Caen’s Door and the Chapel of Dame-de-Grâce.
  • Distance approximative du Havre : 25 km.
Etretat : la forme singulière de ses falaises invite à l’imagination. Y rester à observer pendant un moment permet de comprendre pourquoi.
  • Que visiter : les falaises, le « Trou à l’homme » et l’ancien marché.
  • Estimated distance from Le Havre: 25 km.
Rouen: a city-museum with beautiful half-timbered houses, cobbled streets and gothic churches.
  • What to visit: the Big Clock, Maison Sublime and the Museum/Tour of Jeanne d’Arc.
  • Estimated distance from Le Havre: 90 km.
Étretat: the particular shape of its cliffs invites you to dream. If you stay there for a while you will understand why.
  • What to visit: the cliffs, the “manhole” and the old market.
  • Estimated distance from Le Havre: 30 km.
Caen: city of William the Conqueror, an alive and sparkling city.
  • What to visit: Caen Memorial, Men’s Abbey and the Castle.
  • Estimated distance from Le Havre: 100 km.
Mont Saint-Michel: the «wonder of the Occident», surrounded by a wonderful bay which is the scene of the most amazing tides in Europe.
  • What to visit: Mont Saint-Michel’s Abbey, the History Museum and the lightening of the mountain every night after the sunset.
  • Estimated distance from Le Havre: 200 km.