A pretty, unique and historic port, a town full of individual boutique shops, galleries and colourful characters! Many atomospheric restaurants and bistros serve the finest local delicacies and wines - dine simply or lavishly: it’s so hard to choose!
Truly a town for all seasons
Dartmouth is a fascinating maritime town in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a rich maritime and sailing history - and has been a popular tourist destination for decades. It is bordered by picturesque villages, beautiful unspoilt beaches, all weather local attractions and truly stunning landscape. The town is also very close to the Dartmoor National Park.
Dartmouth harbour has always been of strategic importance as a deep-water port for navy vessels. It was the home of the Royal Navy in the reign of Edward III. - ships have been built here as far back as the 12th century or earlier. Dartmouth sent many ships to join the English fleet against the Spanish armada, the armadas’ ‘payship’ was captured and anchored in Dartmouth harbour. The town is home to the Britannia Royal Naval College which has been at the forefront of the education and development of world-class Naval Officers in Dartmouth since 1863 and where the Queen met her future husband. Dartmouth has always been of strategic importance as a deep-water port for sailing vessels (regular visits by naval and pleasure cruise vessels attest to this!). The port was used as the sailing point for the Crusades of 1147 and 1190, and Warfleet Creek, which is a short walk from Dartmouth Castle is said to be named for the vast fleets which assembled there. Dartmouth was twice surprised and sacked during the Hundred Years' War, after which the mouth of the estuary was closed every night with a great chain. The narrow mouth of the Dart is protected by two fortified castles, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle.
Amongst Dartmouth's winding Elizabethan streets you will discover independent shops, art galleries and a bustling market. twice a week in the warmer months. Experience gourmet restaurants, bistros, bars and cosy cafés. You can shop until you drop and then settle into a bar to sample local ales or a glass of bubbly.
The stunning South West Coast Path passes through Dartmouth for those tht are feeling like walking a bit further than around town but you can of course mooch around the quayside and River Dart estuary or laze on an unspoilt beach nearby. Try sailing, fishing or exploring by boat or the kids (and you!) will have great fun crabbing, wakeboarding, kayaking or paddleboarding just let the river cruises and steam train take the strain.
If it's heritage you'r elooking for you can take a tour of the Naval College, visit Dame Agatha Christie's estate at Greenway (run by the National Trust) or come along to one of the festival (music festival, food festival, major regatta - and loads more).
Getting to Dartmouth
Postcode for SatNav: TQ6 9BH