Dartmouth Castle

Castle Road, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0JN

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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.
 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£7.30 per person per day
Concession£6.60 per person per day
Family£19.00 per person per day
Child 5 - 15 Years£4.40 per person per day

*Prices may vary at special events.
English Heritage members are Free

Opening Times

Dartmouth Castle open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes

* For full opening times and prices, visit www.,english-heritage.org.uk

Closed 24th - 26th December and 1st January

Facilities

Other

  • Accept Children over 7
  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Not managed by English Heritage. Parking area close to castle entrance.

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant - Not managed by English Heritage.
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Dog Friendly
  • Dogs Accepted - Dog on leads welcome.
  • Event Venue
  • Open All Year
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets - Not managed by English Heritage.

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 02:00
  • Families
  • Groups
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 75
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - No coaches. Parking is charged, not managed by English Heritage.
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Cash & Cheque accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 11
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Specialist Features

  • 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.

Venue Facilities

  • 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

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Road Access:1 mile SE of Dartmouth off B3205, narrow approach road

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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.  

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Recent Reviews:

  • Mary H
    Trip Type:
    Family
    An hour back in time!
    4 of 5 stars
    16th May 2019
    We walked to the Castle from the town and it was on a lovely path for most of the way. We brought a picnic lunch and enjoyed it on the beach just past the Castle. It is a bit of a climb down to the... Read full review
  • Michael F
    Princetown, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Marvellous Historic Castle.
    4 of 5 stars
    18th May 2019
    Although we had visited Dartmouth many times in the past, it was our first visit to this ancient fortress. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves cilmbing through the various levels. Having gained the... Read full review
  • James_B789
    Diamond Creek, Victoria, Australia
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Great little gem worth visiting
    5 of 5 stars
    22nd May 2019
    Park for nix on the side of the road and head on in. Nicely maintained and presented. Yes there are stairs Read full review

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