You can’t fail to be impressed by the beautiful harbour town of Dartmouth in South Devon. With its narrow streets, half timbered houses and stunning riverside setting, Dartmouth has long attracted holiday visitors. The deepwater natural harbour and the meandering River Dart have ensured the town is a focal point for all manner of water-based activity.
For a small town Dartmouth has some fairly big historical connections – The Pilgrim Fathers, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Agatha Christie – All have featured in the story of this beautiful town. Packed full of unique shops and art galleries, an amble around the town provides surprises around every corner. And if it’s good food you’re after then Dartmouth can really pack a punch. Everything from cream teas to top restaurants are on the extensive menu of eateries.
The big annual event of the year is, of course, the Dartmouth Royal Regatta in August which attracts thousands of people to watch the races, enjoy the fairground and grab a bargain at the many market stalls. However, it’s a marvellous town to visit at any time of the year.
Why not enjoy a river trip up to historic Totnes. Take advantage of the tranquil countryside, walk the breath-taking South West Coast path, enjoy the area’s numerous beaches and indulge yourself with award-winning cuisine.
Just across the river from Dartmouth is the peaceful village of Kingswear. Here, a number of stunning 19th century villas cling to the steep slopes and bask in the evening sun.
Linked to Dartmouth by two car ferries and a passenger ferry it’s an easy trip across the river to enjoy the many pubs and restaurants. Kingswear is home to the Dartmouth to Paignton Steam Railway which is an essential excursion for any visitor to the area.
Also nearby is the wonderful National Trust maintained Coleton Fishacre, a historic Arts & Crafts style house which is open to the public.
Kingswear is also a great base to explore Torbay. Just ten minutes drive away is the historic fishing port of Brixham. A little further you have the family beaches of Paignton – easily accessible from the steam train station. You are also close to the attractions of Torquay where you can find bars, theatres and the wonderful Living Coasts.
Dartmouth & Kingswear
Things to Do
Dartmouth Food Festival
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