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Dieppe: its history and its neighbourhoods

Our hotel puts you at the heart of the town!

Dieppe takes 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. In 1195, Philip II of France drove back Richard the Lionheart and destroyed the city. When the Duchy of Normandy was annexed in 1204, the city became French until the reign of Francis I. Over the centuries, French kings maintained good relations with the population of this strategic town by granting them numerous privileges. Dieppe became a town of adventurers, corsairs and shipowners, like Jean Ango whose ships explored the coasts of Brazil, Africa and North America, bringing prosperity to the town. 

 

Dieppe has been listed as a town of art and history by the French Ministry for Culture since 1985, and its heritage department offers tours year-round, including the historic town centre, port and fishermen's neighbourhood, sea front, the Castle-Museum, and more. 

Dieppe city center

Our hotel, located 5 minutes from the heart of Dieppe, invites you to discover its charms. Start with the Place National and its statue of Abraham Duquesne, then take the lively Grande Rue, lined with shops and the site of a popular market, to the Place du Puits-Salé, home of the Café des Tribunaux with its vast white façade. Then stroll along the rue de la Barre and admire elegant early 18th century homes, with their original balconies.

Central location

Dieppe city center

Le Pollet is a neighbourhood on the right bank of the mouth of the Arques river, which flows into the English Channel. It is the historic fishermen's quarter. Until the 19th century, deep sea fishermen used the gently sloped south bank of the loop of the river which forms the Le Pollet peninsula to dry-dock their boats to repair them and prepare for future fishing voyages. Don't miss the extremely historic and picturesque rue Quiquengrogne, named for the cry of the 15th century Channel corsairs. 

The fishermen's quarter

Dieppe's harbour

The history of Dieppe has been linked to the sea from its earliest origins. The port, with its numerous docks, is located in the centre of town, forever interlocking the two: a port in the  town, and a town in the port.  It is divided into 4 activities: the fishing port (France's biggest shellfish port), the pleasure port, which welcomes over 5,000 visitors every year, the commercial port, and the passenger and ferry terminal.  

The port

Chateau musee Dieppe

Dieppe, a listed town of Art and History, is rightfully proud of its rich heritage. Its crown jewel is the castle, now a museum, whose imposing flint and sandstone silhouette dominates the whole town. Although it has been modified several times, this castle built during the Hundred Years' War retains its proudly Medieval appearance. Don't miss its cultivated terraces and the path to a panoramic viewpoint on the cliffs. 5 minutes from the hotel.

The Castle

Train for tourists Dieppe

Climb aboard the tourist train in Dieppe, a port city known for its role in the ivory and spice trades. The tour starts from the pleasure port, then takes you to the picturesque historic working-class areas by way of the seaside and the town centre. Don't miss this opportunity to get to know Dieppe, its past and its monuments.

Miniature tourist train

Church Dieppe

This small village a few kilometres from Dieppe is well worth the trip. Its 12th century church seems to be suspended on the cliff in a lush, green setting. Around the church, overlooking the sea, stands the cemetery where painter George Braque, who created one of its stained glass windows, is buried. This uniquely poetic place enjoys an unforgettable view of the Côte d'Albâtre.

A 5 minute walk from the cemetery you will find the Bois de Moutiers house and gardens, created 116 years ago in the Arts and Crafts style by architect Sir Edwin Luytens and celebrated English garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. They make up one of France's only English gardens, and feature centenary rhododendrons and rivers of hydrangeas.

Near Dieppe: Varengeville-sur-mer

Historian Jules Michelet once wrote that "he who has not seen Dieppe has not seen Normandy." This port town, with its history of exploration and conquests, beckons you to discover its past glories and present beauty.