Rodez: history facing the future

Numerous guided visits will lead you to cathedral Notre Dame, a Gothic master piece that dominates the town and its surroundings from the top of its 87 metre (287 feet) bell tower.

Your stay in Rodez will take you from the Fenaille museum, with its collection of statue-menhirs, the largest in Europe, to the Denys-Puech Beaux Arts museum with its exhibitions of contemporary artists and perhaps to the old charterhouse that now houses the Haras nationaux (national stud).

the Cathedral of Rodez

The Cathedral with its intricate bell tower

Masterpiece of Gothic architecture inspired by the great cathedrals of northern France, the choir and the vast nave were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. From the top of its bell tower, exquisite stone filigree, one discovers the town and surrounding countryside.

Discover the Cathedral of Rodez


Old Rodez

A circuit at the heart of the old town has been traced out for you to discover its history. Leaving from the Office de Tourisme, where you can collect a plan, you will stroll through the town’s streets and discover the cathedral, the Bishop’s palace, the maison d’Armagnac… Let yourself be guided, we will also take you to its hidden corners to show you the hidden marvels of Rodez. Make the most of the visit to stop in a café and breathe in the Ruthénoise atmosphere or do a bit of shopping.

The Office de Tourisme also offers themed guided visits.

Discover the Old Rodez


Relax around Rodez

Parc de loisirs de Combelles (leisure park): Situated in the commune of Le Monastère, a few minutes from Rodez town centre, the Domaine de Combelles is set in a 300 acre park. It is an ideal place for relaxing with family and making the most of the activities of its riding centre and the accommodation in its holiday village.

Parc de Vabre: In the middle of centuries old trees, this park offers activities for children with outdoor games.

18 hole golf course: Situated in the commune of Onet le Château, the 18 hole golf course offers a panoramic view over the surrounding countryside, Rodez and its cathedral.

Layoule: A stone’s throw from the town centre, Layoule is a peaceful relaxing place, situated on the banks of the river Aveyron, which offers paths and trails: it is the ideal place for family walks, jogging or a bike ride.

Walks and trails: Discover the Ruthénois scenery walking our footpaths. The itineraries of these walks and many others are detailed in "Les Belles Ballades de l’Aveyron" guides available from the Office de Tourisme.

Aquavallon aquatic centre: a place to relax and have fun for all the family; with water games, a water slide, for over 6 year olds, and pools suitable for every level. And for the pleasure of grown ups, Turkish bath, sauna and Jacuzzi.

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