Dartmouth

Dartmouth

Dartmouth is a top tourist destination set on the western bank of the estuary of the River Dart. It lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and South Hams District.

Dartmouth is linked to Kingswear, on the other side of the River Dart, by three ferries. Boat cruises to nearby places along the coast (such as Torbay and Salcombe) and up the river (to Totnes, Dittisham and the Greenway Estate) are provided by several companies. 

The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta takes place annually over three days at the end of August. The event sees the traditional regatta boat races along with markets, fun fairs, community games, air displays including the Red Arrows and fireworks. A Royal Navy guard ship is present at the event.

Notable tourist attractions include the Dartmouth Royal Naval College, Dartmouth Castle and the Dartmouth Steam Railway which terminates at Kingswear on the opposite bank of the river.

Dart Lifeboat Station was reopened in 2007, the first time that a lifeboat had been stationed in the town since 1896. 

History
Dartmouth was used as the sailing point for the Crusades of 1147 and 1190, and Warfleet Creek, close to Dartmouth Castle is supposed by some to be named for the vast fleets which assembled there. Dartmouth was a home of the Royal Navy from the reign of Edward III and was twice surprised and sacked during the Hundred Years' War, after which the mouth of the estuary was closed every night with a great chain. The narrow mouth of the Dart is protected by two fortified castles, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle. Originally Dartmouth's only wharf was Bayard's Cove, a relatively small area protected by a fort at the southern end of the town.

In the latter part of World War II the town was a base for American forces and one of the departure points for Utah Beach in the D Day landings. Slipways and harbour improvements were also constructed. Much of the surrounding countryside and notably Slapton Sands was closed to the public while it was used by US troops for practise landings and manoeuvres.


Park and Ride
Dartmouth gets very busy - we strongly recommend using the Park and Ride scheme (put TQ6 0JL in your sat nav)

Address

  • Dartmouth Park & Ride
  • Dartmouth
  • Devon
  • TQ6 0JL

Location