Dartmouth

Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9YY

Add Dartmouth to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel01803 834224

View of the River Dart
  • View of the River Dart
  • Dartmouth Boat Float
  • Dartmouth Castle and boat
  • Butterwalk
  • Bayards Cove
  • Dartmouth Castle
  • Dartmouth from the river
  • The River Dart
  • Royal Avenue Gardens
  • Foss Street
  • Bayards Cove
  • Dartmouth
  • Dartmouth at Sunset
  • BRNC

The beautiful town of Dartmouth situated on the mouth of the River Dart is one of South Devon’s most popular and enchanting towns. With its charming historic streets, scenic river location and surrounded by South Devon countryside you have to go a long way to find a town as pretty.  

Things to Do in Dartmouth

The beauty of the landscape, the historical buildings, and the exceptional local produce all make Dartmouth the perfect holiday destination.

The River Dart is the perfect watersports playground – sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boat trips and more are all on offer – you can even learn to surf at one of the nearby beaches, or just spend a lazy day enjoying the views. One of the country’s top beaches Blackpool Sands is just a short drive from Dartmouth and is not to be missed.  

Dartmouth is full of history and heritage, no trip to Dartmouth would be complete without visiting Dartmouth Castle, or Agatha Christie's Greenway National Trust Holiday Home. For the kids, there are plenty of local attractions such as Woodlands Theme Park, and activities and crabbing is a popular pastime on the embankment to keep them amused.

Spend a day exploring the town, with its museum, art galleries, independent shops and places to eat.

After you have finished exploring the town make sure you head out in to the surrounding countryside. Take one of the many footpaths surrounding the town and discover the wonderful countryside or costal views. Walk parts of the South West Coast Path and enjoy spectacular views across the coastline. 

Catch one of the many ferries and head for Torquay, Salcombe or Totnes or just enjoy a trip around the river mouth. You could even catch the steam train from Kingswear for a nostalgic trip through the South Devon Countryside. 

Top Events in Dartmouth

There are many top events that draw the crowds to the town year after year.

The Music Festival in May is a 3 day free event for all music lovers, whist in July, Dartmouth Castle is lit up with outdoor performances during Shakespeare Week.

In August, the Dartmouth Royal Regatta is a week of sailing and family fun that the whole town comes out to celebrate. In October, local artists take centre stage with the Galleries week opening their doors and studios to visitors.

Lastly, October also sees the Dartmouth Food Festival – one of the top food festivals in the UK where local producers and chefs showcase the wonderful variety on offer with stalls, demo’s and events.  

Where to Eat in Dartmouth

From the bustle of the waterside to fine dining, traditional pub grub and bistros as well as fish and chip shops and ice cream vendors, there’s a huge variety of food and drink outlets for you to choose from. The fresh local seafood is a specialty in Dartmouth – especially the South Devon crab. Many places also serve local wine and ales so you can experience the best of the South West’s food and drink.

History of Dartmouth

With a long tradition of strategic importance for sailing ships, Dartmouth has a long association with the Royal Navy, with The Britannia Royal Naval College located on the hill overlooking the town and has been training Officers since 1863.

With its medieval and Elizabethan roots, many of the original buildings in the town still stand giving it a distinctive character, with Dartmouth Castle and Bayards Cove Fort being two iconic historical buildings that are well worth a visit.

Dartmouth also played a role in the historic sailing of the Mayflower to America in 1620. To find out more about the history of the Mayflower and its incredible voyage, please click here. 2020 also marks the 400th anniversary of the ships journey, and Dartmouth have plenty of fanatstic Mayflower 400 events taking place, to find out more about these, please clcik here

The Information Centre

The Information Centre is located in Mayors Avenue Car Park, and has all the visitor information you need with maps and trails, as well as a gift shop. The staff are on hand to help you with any queries you have. 

Find Out More

Where to Stay in Dartmouth
Food and Drink in Dartmouth
Things to Do in Dartmouth
What’s On in Dartmouth
Town Website

Facilities

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parks
  • Parking for disabled visitors

Towns & Villages

  • ATM
  • Church
  • Farmers market
  • Information Centre
  • Museum
  • Public telephone
  • Public toilets
  • Supermarket
  • Toilets for disabled visitors

View

Close

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Take the M5 to Exeter then the A38 towards Plymouth leaving at the Totnes turning onto the A384. On reaching Totnes turn right at the major set of traffic lights onto the A381 following signs to Dartmouth. Continue to follow signs for Dartmouth turning left onto the A3122 at Halwell. Total distance from Totnes approximately 12 miles.

View

Close

Public Transport Directions

The nearest train station to Dartmouth is Totnes, which is accessible be trains travelling from London and Birmingham. Trips on to Dartmouth can then be made by bus, taxi, car or boat down the River Dart.

The nearest National Express departure point is Totnes, 12 miles from Dartmouth. To get from Totnes by public transport you can catch the Stagecoach Gold Bus directly to Dartmouth

View

Close

TripAdvisor

What's Nearby

  1. Bayards Cove Fort

    A single storey Tudor artillery fort built before 1534 to protect the harbour from any…

    0.26 miles away
  2. Dartmouth Castle

    One of the most picturesquely-sited fortresses in England. For over six hundred years…

    0.85 miles away
  3. Blackpool Sands Beach

    Superb stretch of golden sand and shingle in a sheltered, unspoilt bay with turquoise…

    2.61 miles away
  4. Woodlands Family Theme Park

    Woodlands Family Theme Park, Dartmouth is a unique combination of indoor and outdoor…

    4.31 miles away
  1. Strete Gate Beach

    At the very start of the long coastal bar that stretches to Torcross and beyond is this…

    4.45 miles away
  2. Berry Head Nature Reserve

    Berry Head National Nature Reserve guards the southern half of Tor Bay. One of the main…

    4.99 miles away
  3. Splashdown Quaywest

    Make a big splash at the UK’s largest outdoor waterpark!

    Choose from 8 tumbling,…

    5.01 miles away
  4. Goodrington Sands Paignton

    Close to Paignton is the long, sandy stretch of Goodrington Sands. With a Seaside Award,…

    5.06 miles away
  5. Sharpham Vineyard and Cheese Dairy

    Sharpham Vineyard is set in one of Devon's most magical locations. The beautiful 550 acre…

    5.19 miles away
  6. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

    With over 2,500 animals across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds – you are in for a…

    5.25 miles away
  7. Paignton Sands

    Paignton Sands is the ideal holiday beach. This long stretch of red sand and shallow sea…

    5.94 miles away
  8. Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach

    Slapton sands is a beautiful pebble beach that stretched for almost two miles from Strete…

    6.73 miles away
  9. Berry Pomeroy Castle

    Set in beautiful woodland, the English Heritage castle is romantic and reputedly the most…

    6.9 miles away
  10. Totnes Castle

    The English Heritage castle is the focal point of the town, standing as a legacy to the…

    7.46 miles away
  11. Beesands Beach

    Close to Kingsbridge in South Devon, Beesands has got all the right ingredients for a…

    7.55 miles away
  12. Living Coasts Torquay

    Living Coasts, Torquay's award-winning coastal zoo and aquarium, is an all-weather…

    7.74 miles away
Previous Next
Teignmouth
European Union Leader South Devon Coastal

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss