Dieppe Travel Guide

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Dieppe Highlights

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     Close to home, Relaxed, Great food, Easy to get around, Good for kids 

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     The weather 

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     Dieppe, easy to get on with. The Food basket of Normandy. 

Dieppe Things to Do

  • The port , the sea, the harbor, Dieppe

    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...

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  • walk up the hill so church of Bonsecours

    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...

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  • Visit Bois des...

    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,...

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  • Chateau and museum of Dieppe

    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...

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  • Take a minute to remember.

    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

    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...

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Dieppe Restaurants

  • mom and pop creperie

    nice mom and pop creperie across from pleasure boat marina at quai henri IV, you will find the best of brittany here with typical wooden decorations. the food is made to order by mom and the sons serve up front, pop takes care of the supplies.a typical place on a typical place in France. The views on the harbor and the food are a great combination....

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  • Mussels and Fries at Tout Va Bien

    We wanted the Classic Mussels and Fries on the Harbour front at Dieppe. No it's not the classiest of restaurants, it's got more of a cafe' feel to it. The furnishings are adequate, the prices are reasonable and the food and service was food.The plus side is they serve the larger Belgium fries rather than the French fries. Mussels and Fries

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  • The best in Dieppe

    The menu is displayed on a blackboard outside and is changed daily, we have been going for a few years and the dishes tend to stay the same, they do change from time to time though. It's quite small inside and you will need to book ahead, especially at the weekend. We really feel this is the best place to eat in Dieppe, run we think by a husband...

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  • Excellent seafood

    Chris and I both love seafood and I thoroughly recommend this fine seafront restaurant. The place was packed full when we arrived but the service was still sick and the food served by lovely ladies who smiled a lot! (More than I can say for the place down the road that hardly acknowledged our existence for 20 minutes. They probably never even...

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  • Great Moules & Frites

    After a morning exploring Dieppe we just had time for a quick lunch before getting back on the road. It was such a lovely day so we wanted to eat outside. We came across a little place called Villa Candy that suited us just fine. There was a shady outdoor area located on a small square, with the main restaurant just across the narrow road. Service...

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  • Inexpensive non-smoking restaurant

    I felt like hugging the waiter when I asked for a table and her reply was "smoking or not"? The whole upstairs room is completely non-smoking. I took a picture of the board showing the specials for the day, but my photo didn't come out ok (whoops!). The "plat du jour" was 8 euros and there were 4 or 5 options - apart from everything else on the...

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Dieppe Nightlife

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    Too many Whiskeys Make You Go Red !

    by amapola66 Updated Feb 28, 2008

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    Maybe worth a mention, but if you are looking for a bar/pub with some colourful local personalities, and some less corporate music, head straight up the main street (away from the sea) that the Saturday market is on. There is a bar right at the end , on the right hand side, that plays some cool music and boasts an eccentric decor and totally bonkers bunch of personalities as its regulars.

    On a previous day trip with the KB to celebrate his birthday, we ended up in there quite late, where we had a very amusing evening with (among others) an enormous biker, a strange lady who kept showing us her bra (?!), a toothless old man with a wicked cackle and such the like..

    We 'chattered' away with a mixture of badly spoken French, Spanish & English, fortified by the fact that the whole bar bought us a drink (which is why I can't remember the name of the place!) - and had to make a high speed stagger back to the ferry port where we were escorted onto the boat by some people in a small car with caps on (?!)

    As it was the last ferry (not recommended, to travel on this ferry, but that's another story) and which ended up sitting in the port for a further hour and a half (unbeknown to us), leaving at least 6 whiskey cokes each behind us at the bar, and being waved off emotionally by our new found amis ; )

    The bar was eclectic in decor and featured a strange mural on the toilet wall (edit: have since found pic, as shown ).

    A great fun place to meet the locals, although KB & the Amapola were not in the greatest of health afterwards ; )

    (Not recommended when you are out with the kids )!

    Dress Code: Anything goes, leather, large bras and old levis seemed popular, along with an assortment of hats. (False teeth optional).

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Dieppe Transportation

  • How to get here in and out

    well again I come here by car, very easy for newcomers and visitors the www.viamichelin.com does wonders, I say compare a paper map with what they tell you and adjust.coming off the A28 and into the D915 is great passing the small airport to city center Dieppe.train and ferry from UK is ok. ferry on LD lines from New Havenhttp://ldlines.fr/the...

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  • Parking

    There is lots of free parking on the front but does get full at peak times.Get there early or allow time to drive round, there's also lots of paid parking around Dieppe.

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  • Newhaven to Dieppe with LD Transmanche

    The LD Transmanche Ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe is a comfortable ferry.It has an bar, a shop and a Cafe'. Staffed by French crew the prices are not extortionate and the choice is reasonable. The interiors are clean and comfortable. There are some good priced wines in the shop (Compared to the UK). Coffee from the bar is nice.There are minimal...

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Dieppe Shopping

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  • shopping in markets

    Marchés is a wonderful time to buy food in France, and it is our pasttime, we go to them even far from home and always when visiting Dieppe. You never know what you find here lol!!the first is the fish as this is a fishing town yes. La Fontaine - Quai Henri IV - facing the Port de plaisance Tuesdays and thursdays at the place Nationale in the...

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  • Yet MORE fish

    Not that you have a shortage of sea found in Dieppe but Le Trident is a little different.You have:The fish wives and the fish market.Then there are the supermarkets.The the Town fishmongers.There is also a fish suppliers just in the edge of the Port out of the centre of town off the beaten trap. It's worth a visit because the price is not inflated...

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  • Saturday Market: Farmers, Local...

    The Market on Saturday runs the Full Length of the Man Street From the Quay to the Edge of the town by the Castle.It's full of local producers and traders. In Winter local Farmers are there with literally tons of apples, cider, honey Creme fraiche Fruit, Veg, Salad. Wines, liqueurs, preserves, Meat, fish, shellfish, leather goods, clothes. You name...

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Dieppe Local Customs

  • Not always open.

    We visited in Winter so this may not happen in Summer but:Be aware that in our open all hours culture, visitors to Dieppe should be aware that The locals like a long lunch. Lots of places close from 12:00 to 14:30, this includes shops and the tourist information office.Places also tend to shut shop at 19:00 hours, this includes lots of bars and...

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  • Classic cars.

    Classic cars can be seen in pictures on some of my other Dieppe Tips.This is the original (1937 to '55) Fiat Topolino 500, which preceded the better known (1957 to '73) 500, which morphed into the 126 (the last small rear-engined Fiat) in 1973.The second picture of this tip shows more modern classics. A late 1970s Renault 12 and the 1955-'74...

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Dieppe Warnings and Dangers

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    Ferry

    by amapola66 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Avoid the the last ferry back to Newhaven from Dieppe.

    What can I say, it's full of nutters!

    Get a cheap room and stay the night.

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Dieppe Tourist Traps

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    Tourist train

    by nhcram Written Aug 19, 2006

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    Most tourist places have these trains now that take you to all the hot spots of the place. I prefer to walk but I am sure they are ideal for the less abled. I am sure the children love them too.

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Dieppe Off The Beaten Path

  • Church of Saint Jacques

    A wonderful church and a must to see in town and a wonderful market around it. it was built around 1283 that was built on the place Saint-Jacques and the remains of the small chapel Sainte Catherine, then a first church destroyed in 1195, a new church dedicated to Santiago. It situated on the way to the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela by sea,...

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  • Residential streets.

    This middle-class residential area is near the Chateau, on top of the cliffs, west of the town-centre.Thatched cottages aren't unique to Britain!

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  • Flooding is possible

    the flooding is real in many parts of France and not much discussed, but it is a problem. We coming from areas that were prone to flooding always keep an eye on where to buy property here.This is one of our favorite places in Dieppe, Haute Normandie, and as you can see from the recent flooding there it was awful. the flooding is by the cafe des...

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  • Best Time to Go

    Dieppe is probably best enjoyed between the months of May and October when the weather is pleasant and more reliable. The busiest time tends to be the first two weeks of August, when many French are on holiday; the end of August can also be a very busy time on the roads with many Parisians heading home after their summer holidays.

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  • Small but beautiful

    Dieppe is a small town with a population of about 30,000. Most of the tourist destinations are within walking distance of hotels.

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