Steeped in history
Normandy has a colourful and impressive history, with a great many links with British history and the Kings of England.
The region is home to the Bayeux Tapestry, the breathtaking Abbey of Mont Saint Michel and the stunning Falaise Castle, home of William the Conqueror.
Normandy was also the site of pivotal and significant military offensives, and there are a great many World War II sites including the D-Day beaches of Omaha, Utah and Juno and significant war memorial museums to visit.
Normandy boasts miles of golden beaches, wooded hillsides and dramatic cliffs. The region is wonderful for walking and if you are feeling more adventurous it’s also a great place for sailing, kayaking, mountain biking.
Mont Saint Michel, the ancient city of Caen and Monet’s famous garden at Giverny are also just a short drive from both of our ports in Le Havre and Dieppe.
Visit our Normandy travel guide to find out more about the history of Normandy and places to visit. Normandy travel guide
Our outbound Portsmouth-Le Havre service departs at 23.00, giving you a full night’s sleep before arriving at 8.00 next day. The return journey departs Le Havre at 17.00, and arrives in Portsmouth at 21.30.
Our four-hour Newhaven to Dieppe service operates twice daily, departing Newhaven at 10.00 and 23.00 and returning from Dieppe at 05.30 and 18.00. (Times subject to change depending on tidal restrictions).
Onboard facilities on both routes include a restaurant, bar, comfortable en-suite cabins and shop, so your holiday starts the moment you drive aboard. There’s also a soft play area for children and pets are also welcome for a small extra charge, subject to animal transport regulations.
Exclusive discounts for DFDS Seaways customers
Book a crossing on either our Portsmouth to Le Havre or Newhaven to Dieppe routes and you’ll receive discounted entry to some of Normandy’s most popular museums throughout 2014, include the summer months.
Simply present your DFDS Seaways booking confirmation on entry to receive your discount.
- Discounted entry to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum
- A free CD ROM about Chateau Falaise
- Reduced cost of entry at the Great Bunker Museum
- Reduced cost of entry at the Juno Beach Museum.
- Reduced cost of entry to the Caen Memorial Museum
- Reduced cost of entry to the Battle of Normandy Museum
- Reduced cost of entry to the MAHB History of Art Museum
- Reduced cost of entry to the Utah beach Museum