Dieppe, a Town of Art and History
Just 10 minutes from our hotel
Focused on tourism yet retaining its authenticity, Dieppe is perfect for any type of holiday, and is just 10 minutes from our hotel. Listed as one of France’s “Towns of Art and History” due to its impressive heritage, Dieppe gets its name from the English word “deep”, a name given by the Normans in the 7th or 8th century due to the deep bed cut into the chalky soil of the Pay de Caux by the Arques river, which can accommodate sea-going vessels. It has many claims to fame, such as its maritime history, its history as a seaside town attracting royals (including Queen Hortense de Beauharnais of the Netherlands and Marie-Caroline, Duchess of Berry), its beach stretching 2 km between the port and the cliffs (laid out by order of Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III) and its long seaside promenade. Dieppe provides a perfect offering of tourism, nature and culture!
“Dieppe is a great place for a painter who likes life, movement and colour,” said the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. It has benefited from being the nearest beach to Paris, was a city of corsairs and shipbuilders alike, and has been immortalised by great painters. Yet despite its iconic status, this Norman seaside town remains welcoming, homely, friendly and dynamic whatever the season.
Things to see and do include the Château-Musée, the city museum located in the 14th century castle, all about the maritime history of the town and containing a unique collection of ivory items. There’s also the aquarium Estran Cité de la Mer and the Grande Rue with all its shops, plus the Square du Canada and the Memorial of 19th August 1942, dedicated to an ill-fated raid by the Allies in World War II. There’s also the Porte des Tourelles, the Saint-Jacques Church (located on the sea pilgrimage route to Santiago), the Saint-Rémy church and the Notre-Dame de Bonsecours chapel.