Things to See & Do
Discover Dartmouth Everytime
Welcome to Dartmouth in Devon – the Jewel of the South Hams. Ancient narrow streets house boutique shops, art galleries & delicatessens. A cobbled market place features colourful stalls and Farmers’ markets supplying fresh local produce – used by our gourmet restaurants, & cafes and home to the Britannia Royal Naval College.
Sail, fish, explore by boat or come at festival time. Take the steam train ride to Paignton for a treat or enjoy visits to Dartmouth Castle, National Trust properties at Greenway and Coleton Fishacre. Walk the South West Coast Path or laze on our clean beaches. Don’t forget to visit us at the tourist office to see a working Newcomen Engine!
Every year since 1834, the River Dart has played host to The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, visitors enjoy a host of events from rowing, sailing to air displays and fireworks to name a few!Alive and vibrant all year round,.
Dartmouth is a destination for people of all ages looking to start adventures, stimulate their imagination, experience a sense of romance, walk in the footsteps of royalty, satisfy their appetite for great food and culture and explore everything from the stunning surrounding landscapes and watersides, to winding town centre lanes where there’s something different round every corner.
There are some places you have visited which will stay in your memory all your life. Dartmouth could be one of those places.
One of the most picturesquely-sited fortresses in England. Dartmouth Castle built to keep the town safe against marauding invaders, has for over 600 years from medieval times to WWII guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth, with its ‘ship sinking’ heavy canon and chains that were run across to Godmerock.
Experience the sights and sounds of a fully recreated gun deck.
Visit the unusually incorporated fine church of St. Petrox.
For the more energetic take a 20 minute stroll admiring the lovelly views over the estuary, back towards town and the Naval College or take a picturesque river boat trip from the town quay, landing you a minutes walk from the castle. In the Spring take a walk up to Gallants Bower to see the fabulous display of Bluebells.
Why not finish up with refreshments at the ‘Castle Tea Room’ before returning to town?
The River Dart flows through South Devon from it’s source high up on Dartmoor down through Totnes where it becomes tidal, down to Dartmouth where it enters the sea at the Castle.
The beautifully well kept beach at Blackpool Sands and Venus Restaurant.
The Picnic Boat – The Perfect English River Picnic with Kevin and Rayne catering for 2 – 12 Guests every Day until the end of December (Heated) – The Picnic boat.
Sea Kayaking with Ben – Trips and Coaching for All abilities – Devon Sea Kayaking.