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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.

    the port town fountain by the port walking by the port buildings by the port more boats walking by the port buildings by the port more boats
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    Chateau Musee - Medieval Castle

    by sue_stone Written Jul 4, 2006

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    Sitting on a cliff above Dieppe is the Chateau Musee, a medieval castle. It is a very impressive site up on the cliff, best seen from the beach side of town.

    The 15 century castle has been home to the governors of Dieppe, used as a prison and now it is a museum. The museum is home to the towns art and maritime history. The town was once home to numerous ivory carvers, and you can view some of their work here.

    Unfortunately the castle was closed when we tried to visit it……please be warned that it is shut for lunch between 12-2pm each day! We had to go and have some lunch instead and unfortunately had to leave soon after so couldn't go back.

    Chateau Musee the castle overlooking the beach
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    Eglise St-Jacques

    by sue_stone Written Jul 4, 2006

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    If you are walking about the old-town area of Dieppe you will no doubt come across the impressive Eglise St-Jacques.

    This is a Norman Gothic church which dominates Place St-Jacques. It has a serene and lofty interior, with some beautiful and colourful stained glass windows. Originally built in the early 13th century, it has been reconstructed a few times since.

    Take a moment to pop your head in and enjoy the peaceful and cool interior. Admission is free.

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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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    Fun in the castle

    by amapola66 Updated May 26, 2005

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    One of the best days we had in Dieppe, was when we visited Dieppe castle.
    It does not dissappoint.

    Whether you are into castles or not, there are still alot of things within the castle walls to keep you amused.

    We climbed up some very spooky 'Scooby Doo like' stairways and strolled across the castle grounds which are still in very good condition.

    The best part was the amazing views from the top. From here you can view the whole town and right along the coast and we had great fun taking silly photos in a giant empty picture frame perched there obscurly on top of the cliff.

    The castle is also home to a decent art gallery where we saw a good Henry Moore exhibition, the usual sort of castle stuff, as in coats of arms, old ceramics and treasures etc the Small Person (9 at the time) - loved it.

    It's a bit of a hard walk, if you are not a good walker, but I believe there is access by car from the top, so you can avoid the climb.

    Highly Recommended.

    Dieppe Castle
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    The kite festival

    by Tomtom-Paris Written Sep 8, 2002

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    This festival happens in september every two year. It's an international event (Australia Austria Belgium Brazil Cambodia Canada Chile China Colombia Croatia Denmark Finland France Germany Great Britain Guatemala India Indonesia Italy Jamaica Japan Korea Lithuania Malaysia Martinique Nepal New Zealand Netherlands South Africa Spain Sweden Switzerland Ukraine USA Vietnam)

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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.

    castle of Dieppe over esplanade view of the beach and esplanade from Castle top of Chateau to city of Dieppe from pier out at sea looki to beach and chateau ramparts of castle of Dieppe
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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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    walk up the hill so church of Bonsecours

    by gwened Updated Dec 9, 2013

    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.

    closeup Notre Dame de Bonsecours pleasure harbor and the Notre Dame de Bonsecours the cliffs of Dieppe harbor with Notre Dame de bonsecours above center
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