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
  • Min group size - 11
  • 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
  • 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:

  • 55mo55
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Pity about storm Ali
    5 of 5 stars
    23rd Sept 2018
    Love the walk from dartmouth out to the castle, gets the heart pumping and well worth it . small and perfectly formed with access to a very small sandy/rocky cove( not for wheelchairs) History... Read full review
  • alisonclarke110
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    great little castle
    5 of 5 stars
    24th Sept 2018
    surprising how much there is in such a small castle, very interesting visit, very helpful and friendly staff Read full review
  • Ronald W
    Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    An interesting Castle
    4 of 5 stars
    27th Sept 2018
    There is plenty to see with plenty of information about in the castle, about its defensive role at the mouth of the river. there is also an audio/light display of firing a cannon. Read full review

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