DieppeDieppe, is a town in Normandy on the north coast of France, approximately opposite Brighton on the English coast.
Dieppe has a long and interesting history, having been an important port linking William the Conqueror's English kingdom with his Normandy duchy in the 11th century, and later an important port for smuggling. It endured centuries of conflict right up until 1944. Today, it's an important ferry and fishing port, and a pleasant seaside resort.
Dieppe is also well-known for a raid on the area during World War II, on the 19th of August 1942, by a predominantly Canadian force. Casualties were heavy and some consider the attack a disaster for the Allies, but others argue that it provided intelligence that was essential in planning the D-Day invasion. Later in the war, as the Allies drove east after D-Day, Canadian troops had the left flank and liberated Dieppe. You will rarely find a French flag flying in Dieppe without a Canadian flag alongside it.
phone: +33 2 32 14 40 60address: Pont Jehan Ango / Quai du Carénage
DFDS Seaways from Newhaven, England carries cars and foot passengers across the English Channel (la manche in French) in about 4 hours for £20 each way (on foot). The ferry has a bar, shop, really nice restaurant, and lounge deck. There are trains to Dieppe from Rouen (40min- 10 Euros) or Paris (2h- 22 Euros). The town also has a small aerodrome, situated in Saint-Aubin (2 miles away).
Dieppe is a small town with a population of about 35,000 (54,000 for the metropolitan area called Dieppe Maritime). Most of the tourist destinations are within walking distance of hotels, but you can hire bicycles for a few Euros per day from opposite the tourist information office in the harbour area.
Château-Musée de Dieppethe Castle Museum. Fine art and carvings exhibited in the well preserved castle building. Open 10-12am and 2-6:00pm daily. Entry €5. There are three entrances, but the most interesting access is through the tower based in the Square du Canada.
The memorial to the 19 August 1942 Dieppe raidaddress: Place Camille Saint-Saëns.This is a small but well-presented museum that has taken over the Italian-style Petit Theatre. Fascinating film with interviews with those who were there. You will need about an hour to watch it all and look at the museum.
L'église Saint Jacquescontains an unusual 16th century freize depicting tribal life in the Amazon, commissioned by the Dieppoise explorer Jean Ango. The church also houses a set of stained glass windows commemorating the 1639 departure of three Augustine Sisters to Quebec, where they founded the Hôtel-Dieu du Quebec—the first hospital in North America—and the Canadian raid on Dieppe 303 years later.
La Maison Miffantthe oldest house of the city. It can be found rue d'Ecosse.
- Avenue Verte - Hire a bike, and head for the 40km traffic free Avenue Verte, which follows the old Paris-Dieppe railway. Follow the Rue du Géneral Chazny out of town, through Rouxmesil-Bouteilles to Arques la Bataille. Bear left then right to Saint Aubin le Cauf - you'll find the start of the Avenue Verte before you get to St Aubin.
- Parc Naturel Éducatif Guy Weber, just a few kilometers from the start of the Avenue Verte. It's a wetland reserve managed by APEI (L'Association de Parents d'Enfants Inadaptés de Dieppe), you'll find the ecology well documented, and a host of interesting artworks around the meadows. If you don't want to ride from Dieppe, you can hire bikes here and head on south along the Avenue Verte.
- Saint-Marguerite-sur-Mer. With neighbouring Varengeville, an attractive area just 5km to the west of Dieppe. The painter Georges Braque is buried in the Church of Saint Marguerite.
- International Kite Festival, held every other (even numbered) year in September.
chez Olivieraddress: rue Saint-JacquesFor French grocery products. A lot of good cheese, wine and coffee.
phone: +33 2 35 84 24 26address: 8 Rue Saint-JeanSpecialists in seafood and local dishes.
Comptoir à Huîtrephone: +33 2 35 84 19 37address: Cours de DakarSeafood restaurant.
Le Bistrot du Polletphone: +33 2 35 84 68 57address: 23 Rue Tête de BœufVery small seafood restaurant.
phone: +33 2 35 84 16 84address: 2 Chemin de la Falaise1 Michelin-starred restaurant with focus on seasonal and local quality.
You won't find a veggie French restaurant in Dieppe; in this regard the town is unfortunately typical of France as a whole. In fact, vegetarians will have a hard time in most restaurants here. Two good options serving vegetarian food from other cuisines are:
Ankaraphone: +33 9 52 66 46 70address: 18-20 Rue de la RadeExcellent Turkish restaurant with a typically warm Turkish welcome.
La Bekaaphone: +33 2 35 86 51 99address: 10 Quai du CarénageGood Lebanese restaurant which serves generous portions.
Traditional French ambiance
phone: +33 2 32 14 44 65address: 1 Place du Puits SaléThe oldest and the most popular café in town. It often gets crowded at weekends but has a very nice atmosphere to it.
phone: +33 7 86 58 36 95address: Rue du 19 Août 1942Friendly place, outdoor seating, has a genuine buzz at all hours.
Mieux ici qu'en facephone: +33 2 35 84 87 09address: 9 Quai de la SommeThe name means "better here than opposite", which makes perfect sense with this bar's good views pver the harbour towards the old town. English-speaking staff.
Cactusphone: +33 2 35 82 59 38address: 71 Quai Henri IVReggae-themed pub and café with good cocktails and beer.
Epsomphone: +33 2 35 84 12 27address: 11 Boulevard de VerdunLarge selection of cocktails and tapas.
La Taverne du Piratephone: +33 9 81 20 32 59address: 91 Quai Henri IVPirate-themed tavern with quick meals available
phone: +33 2 35 82 57 30address: 2 Rue de l'ÉpéeCocktails, whisky and draft beer served in the décor of an old-fashioned English pub.
phone: +33 2 32 14 48 00address: 3 Boulevard de VerdunCasino that was renovated in 2017, attached to a large hotel (see below).
phone: +33 2 32 14 48 00address: 3 Boulevard de VerdunLarge hotel attached to a casino.
phone: +33 2 32 90 19 19address: 63 Boulevard de VerdunNautical-themed hotel with sea views. Free wifi and onsite restaurant.
phone: +33 2 35 84 31 31address: 1 Boulevard de VerdunModern hotel, all rooms with TV and wifi, some with sea views
- Newhaven - Go across the channel to Newhaven in East Sussex. Services take around 4 hours and leave from the outer harbour and are run by DFDS Seaways. Despite the size of this car ferry, places reserved for pedestrians are relatively limited, so you will need to book in advance, although it is much cheaper to travel without a car.