Visit the Aveyron capital! Stroll through the historic center to discover a rich heritage… From the cathedral to the Soulages museum, travel through the centuries in Rodez.

How to get there?

  • From Villeneuve: take the direction of Lanuéjouls via the D48 then follow Rodez (about 50 minutes)
  • From Villefranche de Rouergue: take the direction of Lanuéjouls – Rodez by the D1 then the D994 (about 1 hour)
  • From Najac: take the direction of La Fouillade, then the D922 towards Rieupeyroux. Finally, follow the D911 then the N88 towards Rodez (about 1h10)


Rodez, a power at work

power of one Cathedral emerging from the depths of the centuries, power of the painter's work Pierre Soulages, power of menhir statues brought together in a museum unique in Europe: Rodez envelops you in an energy that combines history, art and life force.

At one hour from Villefranche-de-Rouergue, the city seems lifted by the power of its Notre-Dame cathedral and its bell tower, completed at the beginning of the XNUMXth century.

The iconic hearts

Lose yourself along the medieval streets and many squares that enliven the historic center of Rodez. Contemplate remarkable pink sandstone buildings: the Notre-Dame cathedral, Benoît's house, Annunciation house and so-called Armagnac house.

Visit the cathedral and its bell tower

Marvel at this giant of pink sandstone, contemplate its flamboyant rose window and its bell tower with its rich carved decoration. In summer, follow the guide and climb the 400 steps of the bell tower for a 360° view of the city and its surroundings.


Information from Rodez Agglomeration tourist office

Marion's tips

Marion, architecture and heritage organizer tells you the history of her city and gives you her tips for enjoying Rodez!

Fill up on culture in the museums

In Rodez, push the door of three remarkable museums. From Antiquity to today, immerse yourself in singular artistic universes.

Patrice Thébault – CRT Occitanie

The Soulages Museum

It is 300 meters from the cathedral that the Pierre Soulages Museum was born. Born in Rodez, Pierre Soulages, one of the most famous living French painters in the world, donated a considerable number of his works (about 500 works and documents) to his city. Its resolutely contemporary architecture is in itself an aesthetic emotion. Entirely clad in corten steel, the museum covers 6 m000.

The Fenaille Museum

Step into the majestic setting of the Hotel Jouéry dating from the 5th and 000th centuries. Start your visit nearly XNUMX years ago by discovering the most important collection of statue-menhirs in Europe! Travel through the centuries contemplating masterpieces from Prehistory to the Renaissance

The Denys Puech Museum

Academic sculptor recognized for his female figures imbued with nostalgia, Denys Puech was born in Bozouls, a village near Rodez, in 1854. Let yourself be surprised by the talent of this sculptor, Grand Prix de Rome 1884. During your visit, contemplate also the engravings by Eugène Viala and oils on canvas by the orientalist painter Maurice Bompard.

Not to be missed

We recommend five things to see or do during your visit to Rodez:

  1. Stroll through the historic center to discover beautiful Renaissance residences and mansions.
  2. Follow the guided tour of the bell tower (In season on reservation).
  3. Visit the three museums of Rodez.
  4. Take a break on the terrace of a café on the Place de la Cité.
  5. Savor local produce at the Saturday morning market.

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