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Discover DieppeThe dynamic port town
Urban excursion

Discover Dieppe

Dieppe is full of life. Between its huge market, port traffic, beach and immense promenade, not to mention its many animated pavement cafés, Dieppe is an active, energetic town, ready to welcome you with a field guide full of plenty to see and do!

From port…

Dieppe, the town of four ports”: a special connection to England via the Channel port, a port where fishing is wildly popular (with sea scallops as the star attraction) and a busy marina with a dry dock that is unique in France, built on an old dockyard, and a dynamic commercial port. The municipality has a prominent maritime heritage which you absolutely must explore. In November, the traditional Herring and Scallop Festival is the perfect concentration of this effervescent port life.

to town centre…

Architecturally speaking, the town is no slouch. Between its two gorgeous churches, a chapel dedicated to sailors, a 14th century château, mediaeval fortifications and more, Dieppe has much to be proud of. You can enjoy the large pedestrian shopping street in the town centre. And don’t forget to look up to see ancient inscriptions and lovely Anglo-Saxon façades. On Saturday mornings, mingle with the crowd in front of the remarkable Café des Tribunaux during the Dieppe Market. Did you know it was voted the Best Market in France in 2020?

… to beach

Need some space? It’s time to meet up on the beach, its seemingly endless promenade and its famous grassy fields. You will discover the most popular seaside resort of the 19th century, thanks in part to the Duchess of Berry. You will find yourself following in the footsteps of an empress, the wife of Napoleon III, who redesigned the oceanfront. Nearly 8 hectares of grass host the International Kite Festival every other year, a major, magical event for anyone who enjoys watching countless shapes and colours soaring through the sky.

Le Pollet

The old fishing district

Head to Dieppe’s old town in Le Pollet, where you can catch a glimpse of its maritime past at every street corner. To reach that neighbourhood, you will have to cross over a metal swing bridge, Pont Colbert, the only one of its kind in Europe and a listed Historic Monument. That structure, with its impressive machinery, really sets the tone. Between brick façades, pretty hidden courtyards, modest fishermen’s houses and more, the district takes shape in a part of town that was spared by the 17th century fire. Then, go along Rue Quiquengrogne, a small street whose name came from the cries of privateers and where, at the foot of the cliff, you can catch a glimpse of a remembrance of this authentic district: old cave dwellings known as gobes.

There’s so much to say about Dieppe! As a designated Town of Art and History, the town has enthusiastic guides who will be thrilled to tell you all about their beloved Dieppe.