You have to go a long way to find a town as pretty as Dartmouth. Overlooking one of the finest natural harbours in the UK, Dartmouth has a strong maritime heritage and is packed with events and things to do throughout the year, from sailing to arts and cultural festivals. Lying in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the town has a vibrant, coastal charm and is well served by ferry and coastal path links.
With a long tradition of strategic importance for sailing ships, Dartmouth was the sailing point for the Crusades and has a long association with the Royal Navy. In modern times the town was a base for American forces and was one of the departure points for the D Day landings. Many medieval and Elizabethan streetscapes have survived in Dartmouth and give the port a distinctly ancient flair.
Things to do
As one of the West Country’s best sailing ports, Dartmouth has a great range of facilities if you’re a water sports enthusiast. Sailing fans will love the Dartmouth Regatta - a spectacular weeklong celebration of the town’s maritime links. But you don’t have to have saltwater in your veins to enjoy Dartmouth. The town has many events geared around the arts, with a diverse range of exhibitions in the many galleries. Exploring further field, you can hop on a steam train at Kingswear and ride up the glorious English Riviera in real style.
Food and drink
From bistros to a 100-year-old barge, from the bustle of the waterside to fine dining and traditional pub grub, there’s a huge variety of food and drink outlets in Dartmouth for you to choose from, all supplied the best top chefs in the UK. Try the Devon fresh crab – a Dartmouth speciality.
Something a little different
Resnova is a floating restaurant, slap bang in the middle of the Dart estuary, and its not just the view that’s novel. They serve outstanding and flavoursome dishes, with luscious local meat and farm produce combining to create a unique menu. If all you want is a laid back coffee and a Danish pastry, head to Alf Rescos.
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