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Dartmouth is a town in Devon in the south-west of England. It is a major tourist destination set on the banks of the estuary of the River Dart. Devon has two separate coastlines: to the south, on the English Channel and to the north, on the Irish Sea and Bristol Channel. These are dotted with swanky resort towns, harbors and surfing beaches, frequented by tourists for its attractive scenery and perfect weather. Dartmouth is loved for its quintessential English character, inextricable maritime history, and historical castles.
 
Dartmouth has been inextricably linked with England's maritime history for centuries. The port has provided a home to the English navy since the reign of Edward III. Dartmouth is also your gateway to the green countryside of Devon. Drive down narrow lanes lined with hedgerows to ancient farm villages. Survey the abandoned quarries and desolate reaches of Dartmoor. Or sit back and enjoy that blissful pleasure known as the traditional Devonshire cream tea. The place features a relaxed and charming vibe that is full of old-worldly beauty, topped with a contemporary tourist destination character. 
 
Dartmouth is one of the South West’s premier destinations for cruise liners. A deep water port, capable of taking and turning around cruise liners up to 182 m / 597 ft long inside the river.  The port is located in Dartmouth Harbor which is situated in central Dartmouth.
 
Dartmouth is accessible by rail and coach from all over England. Exeter International Airport offers domestic and international flights to Amsterdam and Paris. Plymouth city airport also offers domestic flights to and from destinations in England. For over 900 years, sailors have set out all over the world from this ancient harbor, including the Pilgrim Fathers on their way to the New World. Today, bistros, restaurants, boutiques and specialist shops line the narrow streets with their long flights of winding steps and intriguing medieval buildings.
 
No visit to Dartmouth is complete without a boat trip on the River Dart, whose wooded banks have provided the tropical setting of many a movie scene. For those more energetic, there are also walks of varying distance, visits to National Trust gardens, golf and sea angling - or one can just lounge aimlessly on the beaches, most of which are only a short bus or steam train ride away.
 
Look out for Dartmouth Castle, close to the riverside, on your left as you're tendered in. Not impressive, but unusual in that it started as an angular structure, then part-way through building they changed it to a round tower. This was around the time that cannon were introduced, and rounded walls withstand cannon shots better than straight ones.
 
The steam railway mainly takes folks the other way round - from Paignton (many nearby resorts such as Torquay) to Kingswear, which is opposite Dartmouth, where they take the chain ferry across to Dartmouth to spend the day, and then return to Paignton at the end of the day. The ride is good, but don't waste your time in Paignton - it’s probably the grubbiest resort in the area. Most people book for the train, not so sure which one to take for sure because they’re traveling against the flow. The train can also be combined with a river trip.
 
Buckfast Abbey is at Buckfastleigh, not too far from Dartmouth. Pleasant enough but hardly earth-shattering (admission is free) and certainly not worth your day in the area.
 
Totnes
A stroll through this historic market town in the heart of lovely South Devon reveals a plethora of heritage sites, a vibrant bohemian culture, lively cafes and an abundance of charming shops.
 
River cruise
A cruise along the River Dart is a relaxing way to view Devon's scenic coastline, which is dotted with quaint villages, petite cottages and an abundance of wildlife. A charismatic skipper narrates your voyage.
 
Buckfast Abbey Buckfast Abbey
Visit this self-contained monastery, home to the Benedictine monks who are famed for producing tonic wine and honey-based products. The exquisite grounds and gardens make for a tranquil and reflective visit.
 
Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
Enjoy spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife as you ride a 7-mile stretch along the South Devon coastline on one of Europe's finest heritage steam railways.
 
Slapton Sands
Nine German E-boats attacked an American convoy rehearsing for the D-Day invasion along these shores. Visit the historic area and pay homage to the 700 soldiers that perished.
 
Greenway Garden
Enjoy a glimpse into the private life of famed mystery author, Agatha Christie. Visit her holiday home, explore the estate's collection of memorabilia, and stroll through the romantic gardens.
 
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Nestled in a deep-wooded valley, this 15th-century castle, now in ruins, is considered to be the most haunted in the British Isles. Its spine-chilling ghost stories are recounted during an audio tour.
 
Plymouth is the south-west's major city, departure point for the Mayflower, where Sir Francis Drake was based and from where he sailed out to beat those troublesome Spaniards. It is a nice experience to wander around the old Barbican area, pannier shops, gin distillery, fishing harbor, and up to Plymouth Hoe, a green cliff top between city centre & Plymouth Sound with super views, and Smeaton's Tower - the upper part of the Eddystone lighthouse, re-built here after it was replaced by a later lighthouse which can be seen as a thin white pencil on the horizon, 20 miles out. IMHO worth a visit if you're in the area for a while, but whether to choose it instead of staying in Dartmouth is arguable.
 
Dartmouth is an historic Devonshire port situated some 27 miles (56 km) south of Exeter. It sits on a steep hillside on the west bank of the River Dart estuary facing a deep water harbour which ensured its nautical importance from the earliest times. Ships sailed to the Crusades from Dartmouth and it has been a home to the Royal Navy since the days of Edward III. In later times, the harbour was a departure point for American troops destined for Utah Beach during the D Day landings.
 
In its lower reaches, the River Dart slides gently between softly wooded banks and is a stunningly beautiful place to be on a sunny day. At high water the river is navigable up to Totnes, to which there are many boat trips available from Dartmouth quay.
 
The most picturesque spot in Dartmouth is Bayards Cove, an old cobbled wharf which was once the only landing place in town. At the southern end is a small fort built in 1510 to protect the landing. It is another one of those places from which the Pilgrim Fathers are said to have sailed in 1620. The quay may seem familiar as it was often the quayside backdrop for the 1970s TV series the Onedin Line.
 
Today, Dartmouth is a charming holiday destination, its narrow lanes and flights of stone steps leading up between Medieval and half-timbered Elizabethan buildings lend a timeless air to this preserved snippet of old England. There are many notable old buildings such as the 17th-c Butterwalk, where King Charles II held court in 1671 while he was holed up in port during a storm. The oldest building is a former merchant's house built around 1380 and now a pub called the Cherub. The safe harbour remains a haven for yachtsmen and visiting ships. The embankment that fronts the whole town was built with the help of prisoners from the Napoleonic wars and is now an ideal spot for boat and people watching.
 
The village of Kingswear lies just across the harbour from Dartmouth and can be reached by ferry. From here the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway runs a regular service to Paignton along a scenic stretch of track.
 
Dartmouth Castle
Dartmouth Castle is a coastal fort built to defend Dartmouth harbour in conjunction with Kingswear Castle just across the narrow harbour mouth. The two castles were linked at night by a massive chain following French attacks during the Hundred Years War. Dartmouth Castle was built back in the 15th Century and is said to be the earliest surviving coastal artillery fortress in the country. The castle has two linked towers, one round and one square and is built on a rocky promontory just above the waves. Dartmouth Castle is run by English Heritage* and open to the public; Kingswear Castle is owned by the Landmark Trust, and is not normally accessible to the public.
Opening times: vary, see website for details Admission Charge* Location: Castle Rd, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0JN - Tel: 01803 833588
Newcomen Memorial Engine
This is a working example of a 1725 atmospheric steam pumping-engine, a memorial to the Dartmouth-born inventor, Thomas Newcomen.
 
The Royal Naval College
The Britannia Royal Naval College is an impressive sight on its dominant hillside just up river from Dartmouth. Officers are trained here for the British and some foreign navies.
 
The Greenway Estate
The Greenway estate is the former home of crime writer Agatha Christie. It is now National Trust owned and open to the public. The house enjoys glorious views of the river and can be reached by ferry from the village of Dittisham.
 
Devon cream tea
Savor a traditional afternoon tea served in a charming venue featuring scones, fruit jams, and the wonderfully delicious and locally-produced Devon clotted cream.

Dining in Dartmouth
You’ll be pretty hungry after all those nautical adventures but luckily the cafes and restaurants on offer won’t disappoint.  From Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish, offering fish and chips with a difference, to his Observer Good Food Guide winning restaurant The Seahorse, there are lots of places to grab a great meal, most with a heavy emphasis on locally caught seafood of course!
 
Shopping
The town provides a unique shopping experience amongst the old narrow streets with many individual specialist shops, stylish art galleries & delicatessens as well as well known high street names



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