Discover some fantastic local and nearby attractions to explore on your holiday to Dartmouth.
Dartmouth and its surrounding areas are home to some of South Devon’s most exciting attractions and places to explore, filled with fascinating history, stunning scenery and fun for all the family. Here are just a few of the fantastic things to do on holiday in Dartmouth.
Dartmouth Museum is a small but fascinating museum that occupies part of the historic Butterwalk, a terrace of rich merchants’ houses built around 1640. Designed to national museum standards, it displays an extensive collection of artefacts, models, paintings, and photographs relating to Dartmouth and the surrounding district. The collection is, as you would expect, wide-ranging, but there is special attention to the maritime history of the town and its social and physical development.
Britannia Royal Naval College
With an intriguing heritage spanning over 150 years, Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth is an essential place to visit for any Devon visitor with an interest in British history.
Join our expert resident tour guides on a revealing voyage from past glories to the present day. During the tour, we will take you into the heart of the College, from the elegant Chapel to areas including the Quarterdeck, Parade Ground, Senior Gun Room, and Britannia Heritage Museum. Since 1863, Dartmouth and the River Dart have been the home of initial Naval Officer training in the UK.
One of the most beautifully located fortresses in England. For over 600 years Dartmouth Castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth. It offers stunning views of the estuary and out to sea and offers a great family day out, whatever the weather.
This fascinating complex of defenses was begun in 1388 by John Hawley, privateering Mayor of Dartmouth, and the prototype of the flamboyant ‘Shipman’ in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. About a century later the townsmen added the imposing and well-preserved ‘gun tower’, probably the very first fortification in Britain purpose-built to mount ‘ship sinking heavy cannon.
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This famous house was former home to Dame Agatha Christie, crime writer and novelist. Now managed by the National Trust and open to the public most of the year.
- Access by car, Boat or Steam Train