Visit Eu (Normandy, France)
Eu is situated in the valley of the River Bresle towards the north-east of the Seine-Maritime department of Upper Normandy - east of Le Treport and close to the border with Picardy.
Although it is the centrally placed castle that attracts most visitors to Eu, spend some time exploring the rest of this Normandy town as well. There are various monuments and buildings of interest to discover, including the church, organ and crypt of the Collegiale Notre-Dame, a gothic style building dating in part from the 12th century. Although the other abbey buildings were destroyed during the revolution, the church itself is a substantial monument.
You can also see a few small chapels and some grand houses and buildings such as the attractive Hotel-Dieu and the Hotel of the Bishops of Amiens.
The town is best known for, and attracts visitors because of, the castle - the chateau d'Eu. Situated in the heart of the town of Eu, the castle dates from the 16th century and is an impressive monument constructed in red-brick primarily as a residence rather than a defensive castle (an earlier castle on the same location, destroyed in the 15th century, had a more military function).
Despite the royal connections it is notably less excessive in style and furnishings than many of the 'grand' castles of France.
The castle also acted as summer residence for King Louis-Philippe during the 19th century (he was king from 1830-1848), and the castle at Eu is now home to the Museum of Louis-Philippe, and much of the decor and furnishings of the rooms derives from the epoch from the 17th-19th centuries. The castle is especially well known for its elaborate parquet floorings and for enhancements carried out by renowned French architect Viollet-le-Duc
Within the chapel at Chateau d'Eu are the tombs of Henry I and Catherine of Cleves.
Apart from the opportunities to explore the Normandy coast, the principal region for leisure activities near Eu is the Forest d'Eu, an extensive forest offering varied leisure activities.
You can also visit the excavations at the gallo-roman site of Bois l'Abbé, an important regional centre 2000 years ago where traces of temples, thermal baths and an amphitheatre have been uncovered.
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Eu
Eu has received the following tourist classifications: recommended detour town (plus beau detour); village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*
Address: Eu, Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, 76260 || GPS: latitude 50.048056, longitude 1.420556
Map of Eu & places nearby
Highlights close by
Le Treport 4km
Le Crotoy 24km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Eu, France
- Mers-les-Bains - secteur sauvegarde (2km)
- Hable-d'Ault - site of natural beauty (12km)
- Pointe du Hourdel - site of natural beauty (21km)
- Herbarium des remparts - remarkable garden (22km)
- Saint-Valery-sur-Somme - recommended detour (22km)
- Parc et roseraie du château de Rambures - remarkable garden (22km)
- Baie de Somme - grand site of france (22km)
- Parc du Marquenterre - site of natural beauty (26km)
- Estran Cité de la mer - aquarium (27km)
- Dieppe - town of art and history (28km)
Market days in Eu: Regular market(s) are held in Eu each Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Eu (Francais)