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I am planning a trip to the UK and would like to visit St. Sever Cemetery in Rouen to see the grave of a relative who died during World War I. Since I am not familiar with any of these areas, what would be the easiest way for me to get there? Also, would I need to saty overnight? Any suggestions for lodging...close to the train station?
I think you could either take the Eurostar to Paris from London and then make your way to Rouen by train, or you could fly to whatever airport in France is nearest Rouen. I think it's probably Paris. The Eurostar also goes to Lille, but that would be a longer train ride to Rouen.
I'd stay overnight - sorry I can't help you with somewhere to stay. Why not search here on VT to see if anyone has some Rouen tips?
You will find some useful information about the cemetery here including how to get there using the Rouen Metro from the city centre.
Rouen is about 1hr 30 minutes from Paris by train. Taking the Eurostar train from London St Pancras to Paris (Nord) which takes 2hrs 20 minutes approx, allowing an hour to cross Paris to Gare St Lazare and make the connection to Rouen means a journey of maybe 5 hours. Add the time difference(France being 1 hour ahead of the UK) then a day trip is hardly possible.
You can buy a ticket from London to Rouen and back on the Eurostar website www.eurostar.com
Sorry I cannot recommend any where to stay in Rouen as I stayed with friends but there are several hotels near the station.
If you chose to fly to Paris you still have to take the train from Paris to Rouen and given the time needed for airport transfers, security, checkin etc etc the journey will probably be no quicker.
There is an airport at Rouen but the information website is not operational. So far as I know it has no flights to or from the UK.
Another means of getting to Rouen if you have time for a leisurely journey is take a ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe (Transmanche Ferries/LD Lines) 2 journeys a day about 5 hours crossing time) or from Portsmouth to Le Havre also with LD Lines 1 overnight crossing per day in winter, additional daytime catamaran service (3hrs 15 minutes crossing time)from end March to early October.
Both these ports are a short train journey from Rouen.
If you do end-up staying-over in Rouen in order to travel back to Paris the next day for example, you might consider "making a day of it" and getting off the train at Vernon.
From there you can take a short taxi ride (or hire a bicycle!) to Monet's Garden at Giverny. (4.2 km)
It's a lovely half-day excursion.
Then, back to Vernon station and a train back to central Paris in time for dinner!
Just a thought.....