Situated in the top part of Normandy, Dieppe is a busy port north of Rouen and sits amongst the cliffs overlooking the English Channel. Famously a fishing town, the port still plays a major role in the economy with many local attractions located around the harbour and close to the marina.
We run 2 or 3 sailings every day from
Newhaven to Dieppe and the crossing takes about 4 hours. The route is perfect for visitors travelling to Dieppe, Normandy or to other locations in
France. There is a day and night sailing so you can pick the time which suits you best. Dieppe to Paris is only about 2.5 hours by car, or slightly shorter by train.
Why visit Dieppe?
Dieppe has a long history as a very important port and today is one of the busiest in Normandy. Surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs, Dieppe is still predominantly a fishing community and every day fishermen land their catches in the harbour.
It was only in the 19th Century when Dieppe became known as a seaside resort following several visits from the Duchesse de Berry. She encouraged her aristocratic friends to holiday in Dieppe and before long it became a popular and fashionable resort.
Today it continues to be a very popular destination with many attractions to enjoy both in the town itself and nearby.
Visitors will also notice that it has many links with Canada and the maple leaf flag flies in many places around the town. There are a couple of reasons for this. Not only was it the embarkation point for thousands of French people who emigrated to Quebec in the 17th Century, it was also liberated from the Germans by the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division in th Second World War.
Unsurprisingly, the cuisine is largely based around fish and seafood and every November visitors flock to Dieppe for the annual herring festival.
What to see in Dieppe
There are many things to do in Dieppe as well as places to visit nearby. For example, Dieppe is the closest resort to
Paris, with a pretty pebble beach that’s good for swimming and sunbathing. For this reason, many tourists flock here from the capital each year. The beach is flanked by dramatic limestone cliffs and has famously inspired paintings by the likes of Monet and Gaugin.
The promenade, which is more than a mile long, is a large lawn and children’s play area, which runs all the way to the harbour. From the harbour you can see the fishing boats in the marina and explore the many lovely waterside restaurants specialising in fresh fish.
Along the seafront are many memorials commemorating those who lost their lives during World War II in the Dieppe Raid. At the Square du Canada a monument commemorates the special relationship between Dieppe and Canada, which started when colonists left to find a new life in Canada.
For art lovers, the Villa Perrotte, an art gallery situated in the heart of Dieppe, was originally an art deco style hotel constructed in 1928 and houses works of art that are exhibited throughout the year. Exhibitions feature paintings, sculptures and photography from many contemporary artists.
The Château-Musée, is a 15th century fortress, built of flint and sandstone, sitting on the west cliffs and dominating the town. This impressive landmark has been re-built and is now home to one of the best ivory collections in Europe, as well as sculptures carved by local sailors dating back as far as the 16th century. You can also see paintings by Renoir, Boudin, Lebourg and Pissaro, as well as etchings by Braque.
Where to stay in Dieppe
There is plenty of accommodation in Dieppe to choose from, whether you’re looking for a seaside b&b or a central hotel. Check our partner booking.com for a full list.
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