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24 Things to Do in Le Havre

Up-to-Date 2024  –  By Culture Francia Team

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What to See & Do

Le Havre Overall Appeal ★★★☆☆

Things to do in Le Havre also include places in the small, adjoining municipality of Sainte-Adresse.

  Name Appeal Type Visit Cost
01 St. Joseph Church ★★★★☆ Church Self Free
02

City Center

★★★☆☆ Walking Around Self Free
03 André Malraux Museum ★★★☆☆

Museum - Art

Self Paid
04 Notre-Dame Cathedral ★★★☆☆ Cathedral Self Free
05 Quays ★★☆☆☆ Walking Around Self Free
06 Hanging Gardens ★★☆☆☆ Garden + Panorama Self Free
07 Bains des Docks ★★☆☆☆ Swimming Pool Self Paid
08 Graville Abbey ★★☆☆☆ Abbey + Museum Self Paid
09 Viewpoint Indicator ★★☆☆☆ Panorama Self Free
10

Cap de la Hève

★★☆☆☆ Panorama Self Free
11 Maison de l'Armateur ★☆☆☆☆ House Museum Self Paid
12 Hotel Dubocage Belville ★☆☆☆☆ House Museum Self Paid
13 Perret Model Appartment ★☆☆☆☆ House Museum Guided Paid
14 Notre-Dame des Flots Chapel ★☆☆☆☆ Chapel Self Free
15 Sacré-Coeur du Havre Church ★☆☆☆☆ Church Self Free
16 Plateau St. Adresse ★☆☆☆☆ Panorama Self Free
17 Viewpoint Indicator St. Adresse ★☆☆☆☆ Panorama Self Free
18 Le Volcan ★☆☆☆☆ Library Self Free
19 St. Roch Park ★☆☆☆☆ Park Self Free
20 Halles Centrales ★☆☆☆☆ Food Market Self Free
21 Beach ★☆☆☆☆ Beach Activities Self Free
22 Port's Motorboats ★☆☆☆☆ Port Boat Tour Tour Paid
23 Bee Bus ★☆☆☆☆ City Bus Tour Tour Paid
24 Salon des Navigateurs ★☆☆☆☆ Museum - Hair Salon Self Free

01. St. Joseph Church

The interior of Saint Joseph Church in Le Havre, showcasing a modern design with tall concrete columns and colorful stained glass windows.

Appeal ★★★★☆
Type Modern Church

Visit Self
Cost Free

An iconic modernist church designed by Auguste Perret, featuring a striking 107-meter-high octagonal tower and beautiful stained glass windows It ‘s a symbol of Le Havre’s post-war reconstruction.

02. City Center

An aerial view of the town center of Le Havre, highlighting a mix of modern and historic buildings with the sea in the background.

Appeal ★★★☆☆
Type Walking Around

Visit Self
Cost Free

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Le Havre’s city center is famous for its post-war architecture by Auguste Perret, with wide streets, modern buildings, and lively squares.

03. André Malraux Museum

An interior view of the Andre Malraux Modern Art Museum in Le Havre, showcasing multiple levels with walls adorned with framed paintings.

Appeal ★★★☆☆
Type Impressionism Art Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

France’s second-largest collection of Impressionist paintings can be found here. The museum, named after the French writer and cultural minister, features works by Monet, Renoir, and Degas.

04. Notre-Dame Cathedral

The exterior of Le Havre Cathedral, showcasing its grand architectural design with a prominent clock tower and intricate details under a clear blue sky.

Appeal ★★★☆☆
Type Cathedral

Visit Self
Cost Free

This cathedral from the 16th century mixes Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. It’s got detailed stone carvings, a grand organ, and stained glass windows. The cathedral has been meticulously restored after damage during World War II.

05. Quays

The wide expanse of the quay in Le Havre, featuring a large colorful arch sculpture and industrial structures in the background.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Walking Around

Visit Self
Cost Free

Le Havre’s quays are bustling with maritime activity, offering scenic walks along the waterfront. The area includes cruise terminal, marinas, urban sculptures, sport facilities and a skatepark.

06. Hanging Gardens

A view of the Hanging Gardens in Le Havre, showing greenhouses, well-manicured pathways, and lush vegetation under a clear blue sky.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Garden + Panorama

Visit Self
Cost Free

These botanical gardens are set in an old fort, offering panoramic views of Le Havre and the Sea. The gardens feature a diverse collection of plants from around the world, greenhouses, and themed gardens.

07. Bains des Docks

The modern indoor pool area at Bains des Docks in Le Havre, with geometric architecture, white walls, and colorful accents.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Swimming Pool

Visit Self
Cost Paid

A contemporary aquatic center designed by architect Jean Nouvel. It offers a range of swimming pools, wellness facilities, and recreational areas. The design integrates modern aesthetics with functional spaces, making it a popular spot for relaxation and fitness.

08. Graville Abbey

The historic Graville Abbey in Le Havre, featuring stone buildings, a church with a tall spire, and well-maintained gardens.

Appeal ★★★★★☆☆☆☆
Type Abbey + Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

A historical Benedictine abbey dating back to the 11th century, showcasing Romanesque architecture. The abbey includes a church, a small garden and a small museum.

09. Viewpoint Indicator

A panoramic view of Le Havre from a high vantage point, featuring the city's buildings and the port in the distance.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Panorama

Visit Self
Cost Free

Located on the heights of Le Havre, this viewpoint offers a comprehensive panoramic view of the city, the harbor, and the surrounding landscape.

10. Cap de la Hève

A coastal view from Cap de la Heve in Le Havre, showing a cliffside overlooking the sea and a small community below.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Panorama

Visit Self
Cost Free

A scenic cape offering views of the English Channel and the Normandy coast. It’s also a spot for hiking.

11. Maison de l'Armateur

An elegant room in Maison de l'Armateur in Le Havre, featuring ornate furniture, a fireplace, and a portrait above the mantel.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type House Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

A beautifully restored 18th-century mansion that now serves as a museum. It provides a glimpse into the life of a wealthy shipowner during the period. The house features period furnishings, art, and maritime artifacts.

12. Hotel Dubocage Belville

An interior view of the Museum Hotel Dubocage in Le Havre, displaying historical artifacts and a large map on the wall.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type House Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

This historical building, once the home of navigator Michel Dubocage, is now a museum. It highlights the history of Le Havre’s maritime trade and the explorer’s life.

13. Perret Model Appartment

A cozy living and dining area in Apartment Perret, Le Havre, featuring wooden furniture, a large abstract painting, and floor-to-ceiling windows with curtains.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type House Museum

Visit Guided
Cost Paid

A preserved example of post-war housing designed by Auguste Perret. The apartment showcases the innovative use of concrete and modernist design principles. 

Only on a guided visit and only in French.

14. Notre-Dame des Flots Chapel

The Notre Dame des Flots Chapel in Le Havre, with its distinctive pointed towers and picturesque setting against a clear sky.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Chapel

Visit Self
Cost Free

A charming chapel dedicated to sailors, located on the heights of the city.

15. Sacré-Coeur du Havre Church

The Sacre Coeur Church in Le Havre, featuring intricate brickwork and a tall bell tower topped with a cross, under a blue sky.

Appeal ★★★★★☆☆☆☆
Type Church

Visit Self
Cost Free

A 19th-century church characterized by its red bricks and wooden artifacts.

16. Plateau St. Adresse

A scenic view of Jardin des Hauteurs des Falaises in Le Havre, featuring a gravel path, green lawns, and a backdrop of tall, rocky cliffs near the sea.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Panorama

Visit Self
Cost Free

A small plateau offering panoramic views of Le Havre and the coastline. It has some benches facing the sea.

17. Viewpoint Indicator St. Adresse

The viewpoint at Sainte Adresse in Le Havre, offering a clear view of the city and the harbor, with benches and a railing for visitors.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Panorama

Visit Self
Cost Free

A viewpoint indicator next to the street for a quick stop, which provides explanations of the panorama.

18. Le Volcan

A view of Le Volcan, a modern white building with a curved design, located in Le Havre, surrounded by water and flags.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Library

Visit Self
Cost Free

A cultural center designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. Its unique, volcano-like structures include a library in the smaller right building and a variety of events in the larger left building.

19. St. Roch Park

A serene scene at Saint Roch Park in Le Havre, with a pond surrounded by lush greenery, benches, and a walking path.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Public Park

Visit Self
Cost Free

An urban park offering green spaces, walking paths, and a small water feature.

20. Halles Centrales

An interior shot of the food market hall in Le Havre, displaying a variety of cheeses and other products in a well-lit and neatly arranged counter.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Food Market

Visit Self
Cost Free

The city’s market hall located in the heart of dowtown Le Havre. It features a variety of stalls selling food products.

21. Beach

Coastal view of Le Havre city, highlighting a sandy beach, a promenade filled with people, and a Ferris wheel amidst modern buildings and skyscrapers.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Beach Activities

Visit Self
Cost Free

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22. Port's Motorboats

A small tour boat adorned with flags sails past a massive container in Le Havre Port.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Port Boat Tour

Visit Tour
Cost Paid

Take a guided boat tour to see Le Havre’s extensive port facilities from a unique perspective. The tour covers commercial docks, container terminals, and cruise ship areas.

But the guide’s commentary is only in French.

23. Bee Bus

A yellow city tour bus named "Bee Le Havre" parked on a street, offering open-top seating for passengers to enjoy views of the city.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type City Bus Tour

Visit Tour
Cost Paid

A city sightesseing bus tour of Le Havre with recorded commentary via individual headphones.

24. Salon des Navigateurs

Inside the Hair Salon Museum in Le Havre, displaying vintage hairdressing tools, mannequins with period hairstyles, and a classic barber pole.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Hair Salon Museum

Visit Self
Cost Free

A unique establishment in Le Havre, Salon des Navigateurs functions both as a hair salon and a museum dedicated to the art of hairstyling, primarily from the 1950s and 1960s.

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