Dieppe Things to Do

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    The port , the sea, the harbor, Dieppe

    by gwened Written Dec 9, 2013
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    Dieppe offers herself to the sea, it is open and inviting, a nice town indeed. You have the sea in a semi moon circle around the city, and everywhere you go the sea is not far.

    Here you have the cliffs or falaises, magnificent natural barriers, and ,also, the marinas ,four of them.

    Port de pêche (fishing harbor)
    Port de Plaisance (pleasure boats marina)
    port de commerce ( commercial activities )
    Transmanche (ferries and cruises)

    here it is in French,
    http://www.portdedieppe.fr/

    the transmanche you have ferry boats Côte d'Albâtre or the Seven Sisters making the run twice per day between Dieppe and Newhaven in 4h. capacity for 140 cars/autos, 40 trucks, and 600 passengers
    http://www.dfdsseaways.fr/

    for the port de commerce with its strong ties with UK, you have contacts here
    Christophe Baboulène, Directeur Technique
    Tél. : 02.35.84.14.58 / Fax : 02.35.84.70.54
    e-mail : smpd-commerce@portdedieppe.fr
    Contact développement commercial : Marie-Dominique Fouchault, Tél. : 02.35.06.86.56

    Port de pêche or fishing port, Dieppe , is the 1st fishing port in the region of Haute-Normandie ,and the first in France for the scallops fishing or coquille Saint Jacques; contacts here
    Eric Augustin Responsable de l'exploitation pêche ; Madeleine Coroyer, assistante de l'ADUPPP
    Activité Pêche Syndicat Mixte du Port de Dieppe
    24 quai Gallieni
    76200 Dieppe
    Tél. : 02.35.06.55.10 / Fax : 02.35.06.55.19smpd-peches@portdedieppe.frsyndicatmixte@portdedieppe.frAssociation Dieppoise des Usagers Professionnels des Produits de la Pêche (ADUPPP)
    Président : Monsieur Stéphane Vallot
    24 quai Gallieni, 76200 Dieppe, Tél. : 02.35.06.55.10
    aduppp@portdedieppe.fr

    then, you have the port de plaisance or pleasure boats marina. You have 3 bassins or pools to Anchor boats such as the
    bassin Ango (410 places)
    bassin Duquesne (70 places)
    bassin de Paris (70 places). More than 2000 boats are welcome here each year doing about 11200 nights visits.
    It is only 2 hours from Paris and 5 minutes from the gare SNCF ,and ferry port of the Transmanche for the line Dieppe-Newhaven,near all commerces, and markets, beach, tourist office,taxis, restaurants, marine stores ,bike rentals and laundries. Contact info
    Pascal Lambert, maître de port ; Stéphanie Lemaire, régisseur
    Tél. : 02.35.40.19.79 / Fax : 02.35.40.34.34
    e-mail : smpd-plaisance@portdedieppe.fr
    VHF Canal 9
    Capitainerie - Tél : 02.35.84.10.55 / Fax : 02.35.06.12.56

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    walk up the hill so church of Bonsecours

    by gwened Updated Dec 9, 2013
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    a church for the mariners, and high on the hill overlooking the ocean and the pleasure boats below it.
    built in 1876. very nice walk thru other town away from tourist until the reach the top and the Notre Dame de Bonsecours a wonderful place and great views of the ocean and town below.

    the Church of Notre Dame de Bonsecours. It was isolated from any dwelling until 1914. This small chapel of Neuville les Dieppe serves as a memorial to those who perished at sea. Testimony plates are affixed to the walls by the families of the missing, but there are also ex-votos that thank the Virgin of have saved them all kinds of misfortunes (mainly fishing, boating etc...). The last plate I have chosen recalls the landing of Canadians in 1942 which was repulsed by the Germans but which allowed some French prisoners of war to escape. It is a place of contemplation simple but very impressive.

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    Visit Bois des Moutiers,Varengeville-sur-Mer.

    by ranger49 Updated Oct 25, 2012

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    We went down the coast to see a French house and Garden we had read about in a garden magazine.

    Guillaume Mallet, a botanist bought the land on which he was to build his house and create its garden in 1897. He commissioned the English architect, Edward Lutyens to design the house and he in turn called upon the equally famous English garden designer, Gertude Jekyll, to provide a planting scheme for the grounds.

    Mallet spent the next 40 years developing and cherishing the formal gardens around the house, and his own plans for woodland and glades, meadows and parks.

    Impossible to imagine how he must have felt in 1940 when Nazis occupied the house and mined the grounds.

    After the war and following the death of his parents Andre Mallet and his family spent 10 years restoring the house and gardens .

    On our visit the house was not "open" but we were privileged to be allowed a peep inside. Always a fan of Lutyens I loved it.
    Furnished simply but beautifully in the arts and crafts style of Morris and others,with some McKintosh design influences and with more exotic touches from all over the world .
    A show piece - but first and foremost a family home.

    UPDATE 25.October 2012 . A year ago it was repoted that this beautiful house and the lovely gardens that surround it have just been put up for sale. The owner and great grandson of the original owner said that as a result of the French inheritance laws, selling the property was the only "solution" but they hope it will be be placed under a preservation body. The owner/Guardianis still in residence and the gardens are still open to the public.

    Open from mid March to mid November: 10am-12pm, 2pm-6pm
    10 € (under 7s free.)

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    Chateau and museum of Dieppe

    by gwened Written Aug 20, 2012

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    a wonderful castle and now museum;

    It was built as a defense to the city on the cliffs and until 1789 it was the center of feudal royal power. It is believe that the castle was built by King Henri II Plantagenêt and Richard the Lion hearted, and later destroyed by king Philippe Auguste in 1195.

    It was converted into a prison during the French revolution and in 1829 put under military control for the city but not the castle, finally in 1906 the city buys the castle and it goes back to military duties during WWI.

    In 1923 it is transfered to a municipal museum that was created in 1897. Therefore it became a castle museum. During WWII, while the construction of the Atlantic wall, the castle serve as a defensive system on the walls of the blockhouse, to reinforce the walls and moat of the castle. It houses since 1923 one of the most richly collections of objects and sculptures of ivory in France.

    Very nice indeed.

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    Take a minute to remember.

    by dave123taylor Written Jan 5, 2012
    The Canadian Memorial at Puys near Dieppe

    Dieppe and the beaches around have seen many young men give their lives.

    Take some time to think about the sacrifices them and their families made.
    There are plenty of places to find information and monuments to visit.

    The Tourist information and the museum are both good places to start.

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    Fish wifes galore

    by dave123taylor Written Jan 2, 2012
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    Buy some fresh fish or shellfish from the fish wives on the quay.
    You'' get the freshest fish and the best prices from the ladies on the quay.

    There are two places on the quay to buy from. You'll only get the seasonal catch from Dieppe but when we were there in December Bass, Turbot, Scallops, Sole and a few others were available.
    The prices seemed to vary around 50 - 70% of the local stores and supermarkets.

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    Bois des Moutiers Cont. - The Grounds

    by ranger49 Updated Aug 25, 2008

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    Andre Mallet lived only 9 years after the restoration of the garden was completed and died in 1964 leaving the family with the question - could the house and garden be maintained?

    I was told a lovely story about the lucky event that enabled the family to keep the house and its grounds.
    An antique gold coin was discovered hidden away in a trunk; its sale raised sufficient to buy a tractor and other mechanical garden implements which helped the family maintain the garden with minimal paid help.
    Six years later the Garden opened to the public for the first time, still owned by the Mallet family.

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  • swimming in salt water pool

    by julietbrighton Written Aug 31, 2007

    Really enjoyed the new salt water swimming pool on Dieppe sea front. The spa looks nice but did not check it out this time. Good for swimmers plus kids pools. Not at all overcrowded. Recommend goggles and also men take note, NO SHORTS. Skin tight speedo type trunks only. You can buy them and goggles from a machine at the reception.

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  • Quartier de Pollet

    by dimilag Written Jun 7, 2007

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    The old fishing quarter of Dieppe is a lovely place to walk with its winding lanes, narrow flights of steps and brick and flint fishermen’s cottages. It’s also where the painter Walter Sickert lived and worked.

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  • Place du Puits Salé & Café des Tribunaux

    by dimilag Written Jun 7, 2007

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    This pretty little square, set around a fountain, is in the centre of town and is dominated by Dieppe’s oldest gabled house, the Café des Tribunaux, built in the 17th century and a favourite haunt of Oscar Wilde and his friends during his time here in the summer of 1897, as well as other writers and painters such as Renoir, Monet, Sickert, Whistler and Pissarro. Nowadays, it is still a popular place to have a drink.

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  • The Château (Castle) and Musée de Dieppe (Museum)

    by dimilag Written Jun 7, 2007

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    Dieppe’s mediaeval castle stands on a cliff on the west side of town and provides excellent views across the coast. Built as a defence against the English, the oldest part of the building, the round tower, dates back to the 14th century. Housed within the Castle is the Musée de Dieppe, which includes a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions, including a valuable collection of ivory carvings, and others relating the history of Dieppe and its maritime heritage. Another permanent exhibition includes over 100 prints by Georges Braque, the co-originator of cubism, as well as works by other famous painters such as Pissarro, Renoir, Dufy, Sickert and Boudin.

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  • Petit Train

    by dimilag Written Jun 7, 2007

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    The ‘Petit Train’ is a little tourist train that will take you on a ride around the town during the summer; the first stop is the Tourist Office but you can then jump on and off at various stops around the town.

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  • Square du Canada

    by dimilag Written May 3, 2007

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    Standing in the centre of the Square du Canada is the Dieppe-Canada Monument, in recognition of the sailors who sailed from Dieppe to colonise Canada. The names of people and events, which have linked Canada and Normandy over the centuries have been recorded on the monument. Also mounted on the wall behind is a plaque that commemorates the Dieppe Raid (also known as Operation Jubilee), a disastrous raid that took place on 19th August 1942 by a force of Canadian and Scottish troops, which claimed over 3000 casualties.

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    Beach & Lawns

    by sue_stone Written Jul 6, 2006

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    Around the headland from the port is Dieppe's beach. No sand in sight here, just pebbles. Not really my type of beach, though there were plenty of people enjoying the sun.

    Running parallel to the beach is a wide lawn area that is popular with kite flyers. Apparently Dieppe can be a pretty windy place at times and is very popular with kite enthusiasts - every 2nd year it is host to a international kite festival.

    From the lawns and beach you get a great view of the castle which sits grandly on a cliff looking over the town.

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    Dieppe Port

    by sue_stone Updated Jul 6, 2006

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    Dieppe has a pretty port area that is filled with boats and activity. In the 15th century it was the most important port in Normandy.

    You can walk along the boardwalk and look at the boats. There is also an obligatory fountain at the corner of the port, and a small fish market.

    There is also a gritty part of the port, but we didn't check it out, preferring the more attractive area in the centre of town.

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