After visiting Lyons and its forest, there are plenty of other attractions in the area, notably in the Andelle Valley :
- Nestling at the foot of a miracle spring « the spring which heals » in unspoilt countryside, stands the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fontaine-Guérard, founded in 1190. Despite the Revolution of 1789, the surviving buildings of this monastery remain a masterpiece of early 13th century Gothic Anglo-Norman architecture. You are sure to fall under the spell of this magical place !
- The Château de Vascœuil, with its 12th century octagonal tower and 17th century outbuildings including a superb dovecote, is now a well-known art centre on the edge of the Forêt de Lyons.
- The Château d’Heudicourt, an 18th century listed building, is built in red brick surrounded by a moat and bordered by grounds laid out ‘à la Française’.
- Visit the magnificent Château de Fleury-la-Forêt too. This listed building has remarkable kitchens with a thousand objects, collections of copperware, earthenware and china.
- The Château de Martainville is a listed building which currently houses the Musée départemental des Traditions et Arts Normands (Museum of Norman Traditions and Arts).
The Lyons National Forest
Explore the Forêt Domaniale de Lyons (national forest), Vallée de la Lieure and Vallée de l’Andelle. Relax, unwind, recharge your batteries and enjoy the beautiful scenery on foot, by bike or on horseback (there are 6 riding centres in the vicinity). There is also a swimming pool, crazy golf and fishing on the River Andelle.
« The covered marketplace is well worth a visit, especially on market day. I love walking around the shops in the square and stopping for a drink at a pavement café. »
In Normandy, 30 minutes from Rouen and only 1½ hours from Paris : easy access via autoroute or by train to Rouen or Gisors (change for Paris Saint Lazare). Free car park. Motorbike parking. Electric car charging point.
Continue your tour of the Eure region in Normandy at Verneuil d’Avre et d’Iton