Rodez - Do & See
The old Rodez features several historic townhouses and mansions from the 14th -17th century, or beautiful religious buildings like the chapel of the old Jesuit College. You will love wandering on and through Rodez’s footpaths and alleys, where you’ll also find some truly excellent restaurants with their regional specialities, small cafés with shadowy terraces, and beautiful open-air markets.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rodez
With its late Gothic and sculpted red sandstone bell-tower, the cathedral is the perfect starting point for your visit. The hidden treasures of its architecture are unveiled at night by the five hundred projector lamps.
Located in a beautiful Renaissance mansion in the old town, the museum features a collection of the largest Menhir statues in France. You will discover the history of the Rouergue province from 300,000 years ago up to the 17th century.
The Museum of Fine Arts is a not to be missed attraction, which has been a meeting place for modern and contemporary creation since 1989.
The Haras National Farm
This stud farm occupies a beautiful and quiet old charterhouse from the 16th and 17th century and is home to 50 retired stud animals including the thoroughbred Arabian stallion Dormane.
If you have time, touring around Rodez is memorable. The region is home to unique historical sites and a rich architectural heritage in several villages. Don’t miss Le Monastere with its Abbey and medieval bridge crossing the Aveyron River, the castles of Onet (13th-16th centuries), Sainte-Radegonde and its amazing fortified church.
The Old Town
There is much more to see in the old part of Rodez, like the historic townhouses and private mansions from the 14th -17th century, the chapel of the old Jesuit College (17th century), the Bishop’s Palace (17th century).