Dartmouth


You'll catch your breath when you first see sublime Dartmouth, whether it's by boat on one of the many boat trips into Dartmouth harbour, or via the descent road, and onto the ferry across the Dart Estuary. Probably the most popular of all the South Hams hotspots, Dartmouth has much to offer. The spectacular Dartmouth Castle for one, perched on the edge of the waterfront. The Castle is 600 years old and was built to guard the entrance to the estuary and the River Dart, and indeed Dartmouth itself. Move over to the opposite bank and you can see the ruins of it's sister defence castle, Kingswear Castle.

Dartmouth was a strategic port as far back as the Middle Ages when it had a large export trade. It was naturally then vulnerable to attack! Before Dartmouth Castle was built, Dartmouth was actually attached by French raiders in 1404. Defence buildings were rapidly errected, and work began on Dartmouth Castle in 1481, until it's completion 14 years later.

Dartmouth also has a selection of superb specialist shops, some ancient character pubs and inns and the beautiful Dart estuary, home to many a yacht and host to Dartmouth's famous annual Regatta.

If that isn't enough, for maritime history on this South Devon mariner haven check out the Dartmouth Museum. Dartmouth reigns supreme for Devon arts and crafts shops, and for galleries as well, notably the renowned Simon Drew Gallery. For the best views of the estuary why not take a boat trip from Dartmouth to Totnes and back, or alternatively come into Dartmouth via the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway - magic!