Dartmouth is an town in Devon. A historic port location, Dartmouth's geography and seaside location combined with its traditional architecture make it an idyllic settlement popular with tourists from around Britain and the near continent.
Dartmouth is on the A379 coastroad from Kingbridge to Torbay; if coming from the East it is easier to drive to Torbay and then follow the signposts, from the West, drive to Plymouth (or the Devon Expressway) and follow the signposts to Dartmouth.
Bus or Rail
There are direct national coach (National Expresss)and rail links to Totnes and Paignton from London, Birmingham and even as far as Scotland. Taxis are usually available from both stations, otherwise local bus stops are just a few minutes walk away. During the main holiday periods, at certain times, it is possible to get off a modern train at Paignton and cross to the Steam Railway. You can then travel the last few miles through breathtaking scenery to Kingswear before crossing the Dart on one of the ferries.
Dartmouth has strong connection with the sea and arriving by boat is a perfectly feasible and enjoyable way to enter into the town and the surrounding area, Dartmouth Directory has more information about services people travelling by boat
- The town is too small for a traveller to need a bus, by foot is the best way
- There is a ferry between the two sides of the valley, there is a small charge for crossing
- Foss Street. A delightful pedestrianised street dating from the 1200s. It was built as a dam to hold the Mill Pool. As the water ran out it drove two mill wheels. If you stand about halfway along Foss Street and look towards St Saviour's Church, it is still almost possible to imagine how things might have looked.
- Browns Hill. this was once the main road into Dartmouth; Today it is typical of the many small streets ablaze with colour during the summer months and well worth exploring.
- Dartmouth Castle, Castle Road, TQ6 0JN, ☎ +44 1803 833588. Strictly speaking, two castles. The Medieval fortress dates back 600 years while the more recent building was still in use during the Second World War. It is under the care of English Heritage. adults £5.00, children £3.00, concessions £4.50.* St Saviour's Church. originally consecrated in 1372 on the site of an earlier chapel and rebuilt during the 1630s. The church contains a fine wooden screen and an exceptional 14th century door. It contains the famous Hawley Brass
- St Petrox Church. has some of the most stunning views in the country! Probably a monks cell when first recorded in 1192 (it has been rebuilt - in the 17th century.) This church has an interesting collection of brasses and family memorials. Well worth a visit - perhaps by river taxi.
- The Newcomen Engine. One of the town's star attractions. It is well worth visiting Thomas Newcomen's famous engine if only to feel very small standing beside this huge machine!
- Paignton and Dartmouth Railway. The railway came to Dartmouth in 1864 and remained part of the network until 1971. Today steam trains run throughout most of the year except March
- Bayards Cove. The Pilgrim Fathers set sail from here in 1620 in the Mayflower and Speedwell (but hit problems and had to goto Plymouth -England until they could continue their journey). Bayards Cove Fort was the last line of defence against any foreign intruders. During the 1970s this area found fame as a setting for TV's The Onedin Line.
- Woodlands Park - 3 Watercoasters, Toboggan Run, Arctic Gliders, Boats, 15 playzones for all ages. Biggest indoor venture zone in the U.K. with five floors of play and rides. Falconry & Animals. Open daily March to Nov. 9.30 AM. Winter weekends & school holidays. with probably the most annoying flash website currently in existence
- Dartmouth Museum occupying the first floor of an old merchants house. The collection includes many ship models, pictures and artefacts of this ancient town together with much local and maritime information.
- Opening times
- April - October Monday to Saturday 10.00AM - 4.00PM
- November - March Monday to Saturday 11.00AM - 3.00PM
- Opening times
- Dartmouth Golf & Country Club about 4 miles outside Dartmouth with an 18 hole Championship golf course (voted one of the top 80 courses in Great Britain & Ireland), a 9 hole pay and play course, driving range plus a superb leisure suite, complete with swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa, health & beauty treatments, sunbed, gymnasium and physiotherapy clinic. Open daily to non members, handicap certificates not required.
Quality ladies boutiques in Dartmouth stock ladies fashion from Quail By Mail, a local working fashion design studio in South Devon. The label specialises in quality, artisan and ethical fabrics such as organic and fairtrade cotton, South African shweshwe, Ahimsa peace silk from India and organic tweed from the Ardalanish Isle of Mull Weavers. Quail By Mail manufactures all clothing lines within a 45 mile radius of Dartmouth, empowering the local cottage industry.
Eat and Drink
- Anzac Street Bistro, 2 Anzac Street.
- Browns Hotel Tapas Restaurant.
- Cherub Inn and Restaurant.
- Dart Marina, Sandquay.
- Dartmouth Golf & Country Club (Restaurant).
- Taylors Restaurant, 8 The Quay.
- Jan and Freddies Brasserie.
- Kendricks, 29 Fairfax Place.
- Kings Arms, Dartmouth Road, Strete..
- La Casa di Tudor Ristorante Italiano & Dartmouth Coffee House, Bayards Cove.
- Skippers, Fairfax Place.
- Sloping Deck, 10 Duke St.
- Station Family Restaurant, South Embankment. also take-away
- Tsangs Chinese Restaurant, 23 Fairfax Rd. also take-away
- Waterfront Coffee House, 8 South Embankment.
- Wheelhouse, Fairfax Place. also take-away
- Zannes Bistro and Breakfast Bar, Fore Street, Kingswear. also take-away
Food on the water
- The Picnic Boat. a delightful way to enjoy food and drink
- Dartmouth Arms, Bayards Cove.
- Coombe Road.
- Forces Tavern, Forces Cross, Blackawton.
- Royal Castle Hotel, The Quay.
- Seale Arms, Victoria Road.
- Greenfields Sandwich Bar (at the Good intent), 30 Lower St. (Opp lower Ferry). Also real local ice cream
- Zannes Bistro and Breakfast Bar, Fore Street, Kingswear.
Dartmouth has a good selection of hotels, the ones below are just a selection. the town also has many Guesthouses and B&Bs
- Bayards Cove Hotel (by historic Bayards Cove). refurbished Tudor Merchant's House
- Browns Hotel, Victoria Road.
- Dartmouth Golf & Country Club. 3-star hotel
- The Dart Marina Hotel, Sandquay.
- Fingals Coombe Dittisham.
- Royal Castle Hotel, The Quay.
- Stoke Lodge Hotel, Stoke Fleming. Les Routiers Westcountry Hotel of the Year 2003
- Little Cotton Campsite. Has 95 touring caravan / motor home pitches, this includes 30 hard-standing pitches; plus additional tent pitches, all of which are level or gently sloping.
- Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information