Top 10 Things to do in Le Havre, France

December 14, 2017 Janette Largent

Le Havre in France, from Europe region, is best know for Specialty Museums. Discover best things to do in Le Havre with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Le Havre

1. Appartement Temoin

1 Place de l Hotel de Ville, 76600, Le Havre, France +33 2 35 22 31 22
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 200 reviews

Appartement Temoin

Reviewed By Stephane R - Salon-de-Provence, France

Logement témoin "auguste Perret" reconstitué dans l'un des premier immeuble construit au Havre d'après guerre. Le mobilier est d'époque ainsi que les objets du quotidien d'antan.

2. Eglise St-Joseph

Bd. Francois-Ier, Le Havre, France +33 2 35 42 20 03
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 977 reviews

Eglise St-Joseph

Reviewed By Paul A - Maldon, United Kingdom

It is stunning from the outside, but once inside it is great to look around especially at the roof and the 12,768 coloured glasses which make up the windows. On the back wall there is an excellent display showing the history of the church and the effects of WW2.

3. Musee des Beaux Arts Andre Malraux

2 boulevard Clemenceau, 76600, Le Havre, France +33 2 35 19 62 62
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 739 reviews

Musee des Beaux Arts Andre Malraux

The first thing you notice about the Musée d'art moderne André Malraux-MuMa Le Havre is its breathtaking coastal setting. As you approach the spacious, light-filled museum building, Henri-Georges Adam's monumental concrete sculpture The Signal heightens the experience, framing a slice of the maritime landscape that inspired many of the works in the museum's collections. Le Havre has nurtured artists like Monet, Dubuffet, Friesz, Dufy and Braque. And MuMa is a pillar of the city's art history. Inaugurated in 1961 by André Malraux, then France's Minister of Cultural Affairs, MuMa is known for its late-19th and 20th-century collections. From the Impressionists to the Fauves, the museum's collections have been enriched by gifts such as works from the studio of Eugène Boudin and the Marande donation. More recently, Hélène Senn-Foulds donated an impressive collection built up by her grandfather, Olivier Senn, in the early 20th century. Thanks to the donation, MuMa's collection of Impressionist works is today one of France's largest, and the public can now enjoy works by Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Degas, Courbet and Corot.

Reviewed By Mommya - Orange County, CA

We were shown unusually warm hospitality at the museum, as few of the cruisers seem to know about this institution and its wonderful collection of impressionist paintings as well as modern art and special exhibits. While most took off for D-Day sites, we walked through town and found the Musee des Beaux Arts Andre Malraux, fascinated by the reports that here hung the largest collection of French Impressionist paintings in France. And it's true! While some of the works are small in size, you are allowed intimate and uncrowded viewing, and the quality and breadth of collection is stunning. The museum itself is a wonderful modern space located on the water with breathtaking ocean views. The staff was very personable and accommodating as well. We strongly recommend putting a vist to the Musee on your itinerary when you are lucky enough to visit Le Havre.

4. Musee Maison de L'Armateur

3 quai de l Ile, 76600, Le Havre, France +33 2 35 19 09 85
Excellent
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4.5 based on 171 reviews

Musee Maison de L'Armateur

Paul Michel Thibault (1735-1799), the architect of the fortifications and hydraulic engineer of the city of Le Havre, decided around 1790, to build a mansion in a wealthy and coveted district of the city. In 1800,Martin Pierre Foache (1728-1816), a wealthy merchant, bought the house for use as a winter residence and to install his trading office there. He called another architect, Pierre Adrien Paris, former designer for the king, to decorate the interior. The facade is typical of the architecture of The Louis XVI period. It is extremely carefully designed; the parquet flooring of rare and exotic wood adjoins stone-tiled floors with geometric designs. the rooms are laid out around a central octagonal light-well.

Reviewed By BigBrightBlueSky - London, United Kingdom

The Musée Maison d'Armateur is a wonderful place but doesn't yet really hit the bell sweetly. There is no doubt that this museum has been a long-term restoration of love by the city, although the restoration didn't really start until the 1990s. To be fair, it needs a real quick boost of cash to finish the restoration properly with a proper mini-auditorium, and a better quality labelling.
Currently, the house - almost unique in its construction - has been decorated and then filled with a picture of rather odd artefacts. Yet there is no real historical legitimacy to many of the objects and the lighting quality varies. The museum is trying to be all things to all people, and possibly failing.
There is the opportunity to tell many of Le Havre's histories, and to be honest we felt that Le Havre doesn't really appreciate its own history, its own special place in the story of Europe's maritime heritage. Spaces in this museum could easily begin over to telling more of these stories.
But even so, the Musée Maison d'Armateur (The Museum of the Shipowner's House) is a wonderful, special pace.

5. Bibliotheque Oscar Niemeyer

2 Place Oscar Niemeyer, 76600, Le Havre, France +33 2 35 19 70 00
Excellent
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5 based on 72 reviews

Bibliotheque Oscar Niemeyer

Reviewed By Yannick M - Gisors, France

Really worth the visit. The place is absolutely well designed for Reading in a quiet space, watching a movie, looking for documentation or listening to music. You can sit comfortably in a very bright room or a darker corner if you prefer, choose the sofa or chair that is most appropriate to you, sit alone or with others. There are dedicated rooms for lessons or meeting, separated from the main rooms, a very large choice of books, médias available or magazines.
The interior architecture is amazing and very well thought. Modern. The Mediathèque is to me one of the things to see when visiting Le Havre. Not only for locals but visitors too.

6. Parc de Rouelles

Rue de la Bouteillerie, 76610, Le Havre, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Parc de Rouelles

Reviewed By 893christianf - Nevers, France

Une escapade dans ce parc sobrement aménagé vous permet un retour aux sources avec la nature, loin de la pollution et du bruit.

7. Jardins de l'Hotel de Ville

Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 76600, Le Havre, France
Excellent
44%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

Jardins de l'Hotel de Ville

Reviewed By Peter M - California, USA

relax, have a nice picnic and enjoy the views of the city hall too. recommended for a brief visit. meutermedia

8. Les Jardins Suspendus

Rue du Fort, 76620, Le Havre, France +33 2 35 19 45 45
Excellent
45%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 620 reviews

Les Jardins Suspendus

Reviewed By Ania1946 - Surrey, United Kingdom

This botanical garden was created in the old disused fort. It covers quite a large area with glasshouses containing exotic plants in the middle. Above, at the top of the fort there are walkways, small Gardens , each with a different group of plants, plenty to explore.
The view over Le Havre and the ports is excellent.
There is a small café on site.
The Gardens are free but there is a fee to visit the glasshouses.

9. Cathedrale Notre-Dame

Rue de Paris, Le Havre, France +33 2 35 21 29 83
Excellent
28%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 145 reviews

Cathedrale Notre-Dame

Reviewed By faithandhope2live - Canada

The Cathedral is from 16th and 17th centuries and is one of the oldest buildings in down town that partially spared by the Second World War bombings. You will recognize it on the street when you see the bell tower and the main façade Baroque church. The interior setting is simple but elegant, a peaceful serene church, they have a great church organ that still gives Concerts.
Happy Travelling!

10. Centre-ville reconstruit du Havre

76600, Le Havre, France
Excellent
47%
Good
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4 based on 124 reviews

Centre-ville reconstruit du Havre

Reviewed By nedrow - Detroit, MI

Rebuilt after near-total destruction in World War II, Le Havre was planned and designed by the architect Auguste Perret. Mostly of concrete, the buildings nonetheless lack the grey and stolid character of so much concrete architecture and even after many decades display a clean and fresh appeal. There are highlights, of course, such as the city hall and its square and St. Joseph's Church, but the central part of the rebuilt city is a pleasant place to stroll and enjoy the human scale and walkable streets. Enthusiasts for mid-century modern should ignore the criticisms of Le Havre as being of no interest and spent at least a few hours there.

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