|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Family||£13.00 per person per day|
|Concession||£4.50 per person per day|
|Adult||£5.00 per person per day|
|Child 5 - 15 Years||£3.00 per person per day|
*Prices may vary at special events.
English Heritage members are Free
TIC Staff admitted free
One of the most picturesquely- sited fortresses in England. For over six hundred years Dartmouth Castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth. This fascinating complex of defences 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. Climb to the top for breathtaking views across the estuary and see how it could be blocked in wartime by a heavy chain.
Unusually incorporating the fine church of St Petrox, the castle saw action during the Civil War, and continued in service right up until World War II. Successive up-dating included the Victorian 'Old Battery' with its remounted heavy guns, guardrooms and maze of passages to explore.
New for late May 2016 will be new interpretation and displays to help visitors enjoy and understand how the castle has developed throughout it's history - visit the website for more details.
- Accept Children over 7
- Dog friendly
- Gift Shop
- Groups Accepted - Due to access restrictions, pre-booking by groups is advised although not essential. Min size group to receive the 15% discount on admission is 11 people plus the group leader. For more information call 0207 973 3529
- In countryside
- Indoor Attraction
- No Smoking Attraction
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Outdoor Attraction
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Not managed by English Heritage. Parking area close to castle entrance.
Parking & Transport
- Car parking - No coaches. Parking is charged, not managed by English Heritage.
- Parking (charge)
- On-Site café/restaurant - Not managed by English Heritage.
- Picnic Site
- American Express accepted
- Approx length of visit - 02:00
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Cash & Cheque accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Max group size - 75
- Min group size - 11
- Special group rates
- Visa accepted
- Cater for groups
- Dogs Accepted - Dog on leads welcome.
- Event Venue
- Open all year
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Toilets - Not managed by English Heritage.
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards children
- Marketed towards families - Family events programme in the school holidays.
- Marketed towards senior citizens
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted - Please pre-book by calling 0117 9750700
Travel & Trade
- Group discounts available
- Min group size numeric qualifier - 11 or more to receive group discount.
Map & Directions
Road Access:1 mile SE of Dartmouth off B3205, narrow approach road
Public Transport Directions
Train Access:Paignton 8 miles via ferry
Bus Access:Stagecoach in Devon 120 Paignton - Kingswear, then a ferry to Dartmouth; Stagecoach in Devon 111 Torquay - Dartmouth (passing Totnes railway station). On both, alight Dartmouth, then 1 milewalk or ferry to site.
Ferry: Take the Castle Ferry from Town Quay for a lovely journey across to the castle.
|Dartmouth Castle open Weekends only 10am - 4pm (1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017)|
|Dartmouth Castle open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
* For full opening times and prices, visit www.,english-heritage.org.uk
Closed 24th - 26th December and 1st January