Dartmouth

Dartmouth

  • Bustling harbour town
  • Castle
  • Steam Train and Boat Trips
  • Restaurants and Individual shops

Dartmouth, in South Devon, is placed at the mouth of the estuary of the River Dart and is one of deepest ports along the south coast. Designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, it is a perfect place to enjoy a day out while on holiday.

Walking along the cobbled streets of Dartmouth you will notice the beautiful buildings; some parts of the town were used in the filming of The Ondein Line. It looks much the same as it did in the 16th Century and the ancient harbour has been a point of departure for around 1,000 years.

The town is full of individual type shops and award winning restaurants; you could quite happily start with a breakfast overlooking the bustling harbour and end the day with a fantastic dinner at the New Angel looking at the boats as the sun goes down. The Old Market is the home of a number of shops open throughout the week and on Tuesday and Friday mornings various open-air traders offer a variety of products and produce in an historic setting.

Dartmouth Castle, which is a short walk through the town and out to the headland has stood at the narrow entrance to the Dart estuary for 600 years. The views from the castle battlements are extensive and for your return journey you can hop on the little wooden ferry back to Dartmouth harbour steps.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Dartmouth and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

There are numerous boat trips operating from Dartmouth and amongst them is one to Totnes where you can enjoy a visit to the Norman Castle and perhaps a cream tea in one of the many tea rooms. There are fishing trips, sightseeing trips and even a picnic boat which takes up to 12 people with mouthwatering picnics at lunchtime or in the evening.

Dartmouth is home to the Britannia Royal Navy College which is a working military establishment, whose main aim is to offer initial officer training for young men and women entering the Royal Navy. By calling into the Tourist Information Centre you can find out when they are next open for tours.

By taking the Dartmouth ferry over to the other side of the estuary you can catch the famous Dartmouth to Paignton steam train which has been in place since 1864 and is a very unhurried way of seeing the beautiful countryside.

The town is fiercely proud of its history and traditions and works very hard, as it has done down the centuries, to welcome visitors and make them feel at home. There are a many superb Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and Self-catering Cottages in Dartmouth and it’s surrounding area, with plenty to see and do accompanied by fantastic local food.

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