Dartmouth is one of my favourite local destinations, with many pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from. I often come here via the steam train into Kingswear and then use the ferry as parking isn’t the easiest to find. When coming for the annual Regatta I come via ferry from Torquay and catch the train back, this is best on a nice sunny calm day. The regatta is probably the busiest time of year so expect big crowds.
To name a few of my favourite pubs, The Cherub for it’s olde worlde quality, Dartmouth Arms with it’s great view and George & Dragon for the large beer garden. If you see it you have to try Jack Speak a locally made rum, which is up there as one of my all time favourites.
If you’re looking for a beach there is Surgery Cove near the Castle, but the best is just a short drive to Blackpool Sands near Stoke Fleming.
Set on the western side estuary of the River Dart, which is a long narrow tidal river that is navigable from Dartmouth to the old weir location at Totnes. The small naval port of Dartmouth has played an important role in the UK’s nautical history. A deep-water port for sailing vessels, Dartmouth has always been of strategic importance and as far back as 1147 and 1190 it was used as the sailing point for the Crusades, and War fleet Creek is allegedly named after the vast fleets that assembled there. The crafts which dock in the port are mainly local fishing vessels, naval ships and luxury yachts; warships routinely visit the harbour.
- Bayard’s Cove is Dartmouth’s oldest wharf and the cobbled quayside is where the Mayflower moored up in 1620 as the Pilgrim Fathers made their way from Southampton to America on their voyage to discover the New World.
- The Britannia Royal Naval College located on the hill overlooking the town and has been training Officers since 1863.
- The earliest street in Dartmouth to be recorded by name (in the 13th century) is Smith Street. The Butterwalk was built around 1635 to 1640.
- Royal Castle Hotel on the Quay was built in 1639.
- The oldest building is a former merchant’s house in Higher Street, The Cherub, built circa 1380.
- Dartmouth lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and within the parish of the South Hams.
- Rev John Russell from Dartmouth is recorded as being the breeder who started the line of Jack Russells dogs.
- Britannia Royal Naval College is said to be where Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip fell in love. They were aged 13 and 18 respectively. They had met once before at a royal wedding.
- Dartmouth was the hometown of the inventor of the first steam engine. Thomas Newcomen built the engine in 1720 to pump water out of mines.
- Airbnb, from £20 a night for a private room, while entire apartments/homes can start from around £40 a night, this would be my recommended option.
- Hostel, No hostels in Dartmouth.
- Camping, Dartmouth devon camping, Leonards Cove Holiday Park.
- B&B & Guest Houses, there are plenty to choose just decide if you want self catering or not from £30 to £200 a night.
- Hotel, up to £200 a night at the Royal Castle
A virtual tour of Dartmouth Regatta where thousands of visitors descend on Dartmouth every August for a packed three-day programme.
Enjoy a 360 virtual tour of KingsBeer Festival right on the embankment with great views over the River Dart.
- Dart Music Festival
- Devon County Show
- Tunes on the Sands
- Dartmouth Shakespeare Week
- Dartmouth Fishing Festival
- Dartmouth Food Festival
Once in the town centre getting around is easy as it’s all on the level and wheelchair friendly.
- Car, Free on street parking is limited. There is a pay & display car park with 195 spaces or in the summer there’s a park and ride system by Lidl supermarket.
- Bus, The No. 120 from Paignton and cross the lower ferry. From Totnes catch the X64 that stops at the pontoon by the harbour.
- Ferry, you can use either the passenger ferry or the lower/higher vehicle ferry.
- Train, catch the steam train from Paignton, then use the passenger ferry.
- Walking, unless you want to head out of town, most things are easily within walking distance.
- Water taxi, now reduced to £1, multiple ticket purchase reduces this to 60p per trip.
- Taxi Numbers:
- Bluebird Taxis: 01803 833522
- Darren’s Taxi 07805 138850 – 6 seaters
Devon Taxis: 01803 833778 – 6 seaters
- Kestrel Taxis: 01803 832526
- Kingswear Taxi: 01803 752626 (Kingswear)
- Mainland Taxis: 07970 121466
- Mickeys Taxis: 07812 088935 – 6 seaters
- Paul’s Taxis: 07516 219466
- Be aware of the seagulls if your outside with food.
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