Built on the banks of the Seine, Vernon acts as a gateway to the Normandy countryside. Whether you want to cycle through sunflower fields, stroll around Monet’s Garden or explore elegant chateaus, Vernon is an enchanting introduction to northern France.
Things to do in Vernon
Vernon is anchored by a characterful old town dotted with cobblestone squares and half-timber houses. It’s a lovely place for a stroll, with sidewalk cafes, artisan bakeries and chocolatiers.
With its pastel pink house and tranquil lily ponds, Monet’s Garden is Normandy’s most iconic attraction. Today you can tour the beautifully maintained grounds, stroll over the famous Japanese bridge and visit Monet’s original studios and private apartments.
Vernon is a fantastic base for exploring the picturesque Normandy countryside. The historic village of Giverny is an easy five-kilometer bike ride away, which takes you past riverside parks, sunflower fields and local cideries.
Just out of town is the magnificent Chateau de Bizy, a grand palace known as the Versailles of Normandy. The ruins of Chateau des Tourelles are another highlight, with a quartet of turrets that have remained practically unchanged for 800 years.
Getting around Vernon
The easiest way to navigate Vernon’s town center is on foot. Vernon is also incredibly bike-friendly, with plenty of cycling paths winding their way along the Seine and through the surrounding countryside. Hire a car if you plan on exploring more of the outer region.