Bayards Cove Fort

Bayards Cove, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9AX

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Picturesquely sited by the water’s edge, Bayard’s Cove Fort was built in Tudor times by the townspeople of Dartmouth. It was designed to protect the town quay and control the narrowest point of the channel. Dartmouth's importance as a prosperous port made it a natural target for enemy raids.

Fearful of attack, the people of Dartmouth decided to build Bayard’s Cove Fort as a second line of defence, in case any enemy ships broke past Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle at the entrance of the cove.

Occupying a terrace cut from the rocky riverbank, Bayard’s Cove is beautifully located. Discover where heavy guns and cannons once guarded the waters, and soak up unrivalled views along the river.

Opening Times

2024- Opening (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Open any reasonable time during daylight hours



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted



Map & Directions

Road Directions

The fort is approximately 50 metres from the road via the South-West coast path, either down steps from Southtown (B3205) or Bayard's Cove Road. It can only be reached on foot.






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