Discover the historic centre
In the morning, take the time to appreciate Vernon by strolling around the tourist discovery circuit. The information panels en route will tell you the story of this city on the banks of the Seine. During your stroll (around 1 hour), let yourself be charmed by the typical Norman half-timbered houses, that line the streets of the historic centre, and the small medieval streets (including the very picturesque Rue Potard). Your walk around Vernon will take you to Place Barette where the imposing town hall and Notre-Dame collegiate church stand, as well as to the banks of the Seine, the Chérence fountain (Place de Paris) and the Archives tower (jardin des Arts) . On the way, don’t miss a visit to the Vernon museum, also called the Alphonse Georges Poulain museum.
The Vernon museum
The Vernon museum has an exceptional collection of paintings and animal art sculptures and a drawing studio with more than 250 works. Its temporary exhibitions are certainly worth a visit.
But what will seduce you the most are the impressionist works, including the unmissable Water Lilies painting by Monet, on a round canvas.
If you have some energy left, cross the Seine to the mythical Vieux Moulin, in Vernonnet. A former mill located on a medieval bridge, this is THE essential photo spot for your city break in Vernon! Nearby, you can also admire the Château des Tourelles (outpost) in its small park by the water.
At noon, take a break in one of our RECOMMENDED SPOTS! !
After lunch, leave the historic centre of Vernon and in just a few minutes you’ll reach Bizy Castle, which made Vernon a royal, even imperial destination! The castle welcomed Louis XV, Louis Philippe, and the Bonaparte family.
Château de Bizy
Built in the middle of the 18th century, you’ll be seduced by the castle’s elegance and its stables, built like those in Versailles, but also by its vast English-style park, its century-old trees, and fountains.