15 things to do in Evreux (France)

Standing on the Place Général-de-Gaulle in Évreux, you will undoubtedly be in the capital: the buildings here, from the House of Arts and the town hall to the 15th-century belfry, exude authority.

So does Évreux’s marvelous Gothic cathedral, home to the medieval clergy, connected to the Bishop’s Palace, which is now the town’s charming museum. In the center are the remains of the Gallo-Roman walls of Evreux, and an ancient sister city of Gugisakum, where a huge bath has been excavated.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Evreux:

1. Evreux Cathedral

Evreux Cathedral

The town’s cathedral, built of chalk and with an unusually intricate façade on the north side, must be your first choice.

It has undergone a series of conflicts over its era, which actually explains the mix of styles: after the building was nearly destroyed in the 100 Years War, it was remodeled into a flamboyant Gothic, and a 16th-century Renaissance Replenish.

But if there’s anything that really elevates the cathedral, it’s the 14th-century stained-glass windows, which use a special silver stain that can only be found here and in Rouen.

2. Bishop’s Palace

Bishop's Palace

Connected to the cathedral by a passage is the Bishop’s Palace, commissioned by Raoul du Fou in the 1400s.

It is a listed “Historic Monument”, built on Gallo-Roman walls.

The palace is impressive four stories tall and contains the town’s museum.

But give yourself a few minutes to look outside before you go in: there are towers, mullioned windows, ornate moldings above doorways and a beautiful skylight on the top floor, adorned with spires.

3. Evreux Museum

Evreux Museum

Inside that imposing bishop’s palace is the town’s museum, showcasing the history and archaeology of Evreux.

There is also a very rich art exhibition featuring paintings by Nicolas Metz, Boudin, Jonkind, Soulages and Fernand Leger from the 17th to the 20th centuries, as well as sculptures by Rodin.

These archaeological galleries contain numerous excavations from the Roman city of Gisacum under Vieil-Évreux.

The choice here has to be the awesome Stator bronze statue.

In the medieval room there is a bishop’s crown belonging to the 14th-century bishop Jean de Marigny and several Aubusson tapestries from the same century.

4. Beffroi d’Évreux

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You will rarely encounter a traditional clock tower in this part of the country. In fact, the Beffroi d’Évreux by the water on Place du Général-de-Gaulle is one of the southernmost bell towers in France, with almost all other bell towers in the Nord Calais region.

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Untouched during World War II, the building dates back to the 15th century and features ornate Gothic decoration similar to the Bishop’s Palace.

The tower is approximately 44 meters high and houses the iconic “Louise” clock, which was cast in the 1400s.

5. Reassignment

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The walls of Evreux were built in 275 to defend the city from attack.

With a total length of more than one kilometer, they encircle an area of ​​nine hectares.

There are many small traces that have survived along St.

But the most photogenic vistas have to come from the kink of Ilot, known as the Mirroir d’Eau (Water Mirror), at the foot of the Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace.

6. General Charles de Gaulle Square

General Charles de Gaulle Square

Sit down by the central fountain in Place Charles de Gaulle, and you’ll find magnificent monuments everywhere.

The Town Hall was built in the 1890s with an “eclectic” design.

The fountain at the front dates back to 1882 and was the joint effort of architect Charles Genuys and sculptor Louis-Émile Décorchemont.

It depicts a woman holding an oar, symbolizing the River Earl and its tributaries, Eton and Rullor.

Facing the same square are the 1903 Italian Theater, the House of Arts and the Campanile.

7. St. Taurin Church

St. Taurin Church

This medieval church was once attached to a Benedictine monastery built in honor of Saint Taurin, the first bishop of Evreux who was martyred in the 5th century.

Rebuilt in the 15th century, the building retains flamboyant Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles.

The important story here is the reliquary of St. Taurin, which dates back to the 1200s and is considered a masterpiece of medieval goldsmiths.

Beyond that, there are many more, such as statues from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, as well as stained glass windows in the choir and south transept, dating from the 1400s.

8. Art House

art house

In the same square, this is another handsome building in the Louis XIII Revival style.

Completed in 1880, it was built to house the museum of Évreux, which moved into the Bishop’s Palace in 1959. Since the 1980s, it has been transformed into an arts center, with studios, classrooms and galleries, as well as workshops for children during the summer.

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If you want to hear about the town’s budding artistic talent, the gallery is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

9. Stroll along the Eaton

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The river has always been an indelible part of the town’s life: in Roman times the walls were aligned with the course of the Eton River, and later it was used for the waterfront industry, supplying water to the dyeing and tanneries, and powering the factories.

One of them, Moulin de Navarre, is in good condition and still has an electric turbine installed in 1893. Another thing you’ll notice is the abundance of laundry rooms: In the past, anyone who owned property on the riverbank was allowed to build a laundry and charged people for using it.

As you walk through town, you’ll see a lot of people taking the opportunity to build one!

10. Gisakkom

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About 2000 years ago, the Gauls Aulerques Éburovices tribe founded two cities in the region.

Mediolanum Aulercorum becomes the modern Évreux, while Gisacum, 7 km southeast, is more of a religious shrine.

It grew to over 250 hectares in the 2nd and 3rd centuries before being suddenly abandoned.

The site has been excavated since the early 1800s, and although many of the artifacts end up in the museum in Évreux, the interpretive center on the site is open daily from March to November.

So far, the only monument open to the public is the bathing grounds, 109 m x 84 m, giving you an idea of ​​Gisacum’s prestige.

11. Voie Verte le Bec-Hellouin-Évreux

Voie Verte le Bec-Hellouin-Évreux

There used to be a railway line from Evreux all the way to Honfleur on the coast.

The line closed in 1971, and over the past two decades, different parts of the line have been paved and turned into walking and cycling paths.

From the station in Évreux, you can go to the medieval abbey of Bec Hellouin without spending any time on the road.

It’s all you need for a family looking to break into Normandy’s famous ‘hedge’ countryside of green pastures, orchards and hedgerows.

12. Arbr’en Ciel

Albrunshire

This “accrobranche” park will be open every day if you come here with the kids during school holidays.

For beginners, the accrobranch course is set in woodland, above the forest floor, and features rope ladders, ziplines, monkey ladders and a Himalayan bridge.

This isn’t just for kids, as adults are free to try these lessons as well.

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Arbr’en Ciel is very safe as you will be wearing a harness attached to a cable that runs the length of each course.

There are five courses of varying difficulty in a mature oak forest 5 minutes from Evreux.

13. Day Trips

Gaillard Castle

From Evreux as a base, there is no shortage of interesting, historic and beautiful places within an hour’s drive.

Gaillard Castle at Les Andelys is a wild castle built by Richard the Lionheart in the 12th century before being fiercely contested by France and England during the 100 Years War.

Even more serene is Claude Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, where you can make a pilgrimage to see his paintings of ponds, Japanese bridges, lilies and wisterias, as well as interiors designed by the artist himself.

To the north is Rouen, with its half-timbered houses and cathedral also famous for Monet’s paintings, while to the south is Dreux, where members of the noble family of Orleans are buried in the Chapel Royal.

14. Calvados Morin

Calvados Morin

A Normandy classic, Calvados is a brandy made from apples.

In Évreux, you will be on the far east side of the Calvados AOC, the region that sets the rules for distilling this drink.

You will have the unique opportunity to learn about this drink at Calvados Morin, one of the oldest distilleries in Normandy, open for tours on Fridays from March to October.

In this idyllic setting on the banks of the River Eure, every step from apple harvesting and pressing to ageing is revealed, all taking place in subterranean cellars excavated in the 1800s.

15. Food and drink

Cookies

Set an alarm for the market in downtown Evreux on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

If you’re on holiday in gite, there’s no better grocery store to sample the apples (Calville blanc d’hiver and Rever) that Normandy is famous for in the fall.

A delicacy unique to Évreux is rillettes d’oie (a goose roux), and the town is also famous for its sweets.

Cleverly named zouzous d’Auzou is a praline with a nougat filling.

Meanwhile, La Louyse du Beffroi d’Évreux honors the town’s bell tower and prepares an applesauce, soaked in pommeau (apple juice and calvados) and then dipped in dark chocolate.

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