Dartmouth Travel Guide

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Dartmouth Highlights

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     Beautiful historic old town 

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     Expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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     Sir Walter Raleigh's & Sir France Drake's crews loved it and so will you! 

Dartmouth Things to Do

  • Walk along The Embankment

    Dartmouth’s main attraction is undeniably the River Dart and if you’re a first time visitor to the town it’ll be the first thing you’ll want to see.The Embankment is the promenade that runs alongside the river and it would be easy to think that it’s always been here, but that’s not the case.In the Middle Ages present day Dartmouth consisted of two...

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  • Dartmouth Castle

    Under the guardianship of English Heritage, Dartmouth Castle would be better described as a fort. John Hawley, the infamous Mayor of Dartmouth, was the man responsible for building the first fortifications here at the mouth of the Dart back in 1388. His notorious privateering antics left Dartmouth vulnerable to attack and so it was inevitable that...

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  • Tourist Information & Thomas Newcomen

    These days awards are dished out like confetti and here’s another one. Dartmouth TIC won silver award in the Tourist Information Service category in the South West Tourism Awards 2013-14. With almost 350 competitors to compete against that’s quite an achievement - and the reason I bring this up is because I recently went in there for some...

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  • Explore the River Dart

    The West Country is blessed with some lovely rivers but the Dart has to be my favourite. From its source up on Dartmoor, through the rolling hills of the South Devon countryside, to its mouth where it joins the English Channel at Dartmouth.At Dartmouth there is always a hive of activity with boats coming and going all the time. The water here is...

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  • Dartmouth Steam Railway

    The Dartmouth Steam Railway is a 6.7-mile (10.8 km) heritage railway that runs on the former Great Western Railway branch line between Paignton and Kingswear. The trip is a lovely way to travel and see the countryside and coast between the two towns aboard a beautiful Steam Engine. At the destination the ticket includes a return crossing across the...

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  • Inner Harbour – The Boat Float

    The Inner harbour is known locally as the Boat Float and is bordered by the Royal Avenue Gardens, shops, cafes, restaurants, and various Georgian buildings. The harbour connects to the main Dartmouth estuary via lock gates under the roadway, which are currently disused, and dry out at low tide.June 2012

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Dartmouth Restaurants

  • The Station that never was

    The original building was the Dartmouth railway station and was built in 1864 to serve the town; however it has never catered for trains – only the Dartmouth Passenger Ferry from the Kingswear railway station on the opposite bank of the River Dart. The station ceased its service to the railway in 1972 and is now a restaurant owned by the Holland...

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  • Cafe Cache

    Nice little cafe, serves a variety of European dishes, including 3 or 4 vegetarian. Pleasant staff & nice Loos! I would definately eat here again.Above the cafe they have accommodation, I have not seen the rooms myself, but they did look lovely in their brochure. I had vegetarian Panini, Freya had a 4 cheese Breton Crepe, both were lovely!

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  • The best place for breakfast in...

    A great cafe with attitude! Alf's is a Dartmouth institution you must not miss. Open from 7am - 2pm all year round, sometimes open in the evening in the summer months.A mix of inside and covered outside eating with a mix of large tables that groups share with each other or smaller tables. Dogs are welcome and are provided with dog sausage if you...

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  • Great Steaks

    Lovely old pub with a big open fire in the winter, during the busy summer season booking for the resturant is a must. They often do steak deals for 2 steaks and a bottle of wine.You can also eat in the bar area and during off peak season. Dog friendly in the bar area we often take our dogs there. The food is great with an emphasis on local produce...

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  • Exceptional Dartmouth Pub & Restuarant

    The Cherub is Dartmouth's oldest building (1380) and both Drake's and Raleigh's crews probably drank their porter their back in the day. It's low black oak ceiling beams, open fire and well stocked bar ooze character and charm. The upper two floors are the restaurant area and the whole building is as crooked and quaint as the set from a Dickensian...

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  • Best Thai food in South Devon

    Thai food is my favorite cuisine, so I have eaten it a lot in the UK and in many other countries too and accordingly am really critical, but the Khrua Thai in upper street Dartmouth, Devon, serves the best Thai food I have eaten outside the West End of London. Owned and run by a Thai husband and wife team all the staff are Thai too and in some...

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Dartmouth Transportation

  • Car Parking – Flavel Place

    Flavel PlaceLocated near the quay, opposite the Tourist Information Centre this is a useful on-street parking area providing the space is only required for less than 2 hours. We were fortunate that a space was available when we drove pass on a quiet mid-week day.FreeShort StayCapacity: 25 cars9:00 am to 6:00 pm2 Hours, No Return within 2 hoursJune...

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  • The Railway Station That Never Was

    The Dartmouth and Torbay Railway Company was formed in 1857 with the express (for want of a better word) purpose of connecting Dartmouth to the South Devon Railway at Torre (in Torquay) and hence onto the Great Western mainline at Newton Abbot.However the planned river crossing never happened and the line was completed as far as Kingswear, on the...

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  • The Higher Ferry

    Whilst the Lower Ferry has been around since at least 1365 the Higher Ferry is a relative newcomer. Originally, in 1828, a suspension bridge was planned to connect the A379 Plymouth to Torbay road but for whatever reason this failed to get planning permission and so a floating bridge was constructed instead. This comprised a 40 foot by 30 foot...

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Dartmouth Shopping

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    by johngayton Written Sep 3, 2012

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    The original Foss Street was the dam built in the 13th century which formed a barrier across the tidal creek between the villages of Hardness and Clifton, which it linked to create the nascent town of Dartmouth.

    The modern-day Foss Street is the pedestrian throughfare where all the upscale shops are: art galleries, jewellers, craft shops and haute couture, all entwined with a couple of trendy cafe-bars. It's not really my thing but it is actually fun to wander and window shop. There's some very original stuff, some of it quite amusing, rather than touristy tack, and, of course, window shopping costs nothing!

    What to pay: Some of the shops have price tags displayed prominently, others you have to use a magnifying glass to see, but some don't seem to have any prices at all...caveat emptor!!

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Dartmouth Local Customs

  • HMS Dartmouth

    Weymouth-class Light Cruiser From 1655 to 1930 six ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Dartmouth, the last was a Town-class light cruiser of the Weymouth subgroup and launched in 1911. She served in the East Indies and the South Atlantic during the First World War being damaged by a torpedo in 1917. The Dartmouth survived the war and...

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  • Dartmouth Castle Locomotive

    GWR 4088 Castle Class The GWR 4073 Class or Castle class locomotives are a group of 4-6-0 steam locomotives built by the Great Western Railway. When introduced the Castle Class were heralded as Britain’s most powerful express passenger locomotive, the Dartmouth Castle, was built in July 1925, withdrawn in May 1964 and cut up in September 1964. The...

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  • Commercial And Sports Fishing From...

    With its estuary location Dartmouth is home to a clutch of excellent seafood restauarants and the locally renowned Dartmouth Smokehouse. Whilst it doesn't have a commercial fishmarket as such it does have a small fleet of fishing vessels who supply the restaurants directly and even gets boats from elsewhere dropping off their catch.The catches are...

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Dartmouth Warnings and Dangers

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    Great view point from just along Bayard's Cove!

    by MarvintheMartian Written Aug 8, 2004

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    Dartmouth is full of places for children (of any age!) to have an accident!

    The town is next to the Dartmouth estuary so take care that a child or yourself does not walk or fall off the pavement into the water!

    As the town is so old, the many buildings can be a concern if you have inquisitive children who like to explore...

    Otherwise have a great time!

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Dartmouth What to Pack

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    by Lionman Updated Jan 22, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I recommend that if you are going to visit Dartmouth for several days, pack your sailing gear if you
    have any, in case you can wangle a sail on a local yacht or fancy one of the many available local daily boat trips up river, around the coast, or to Plymouth. At the very least pack walking boots or your green wellies & Barbour, or a water & windproof proof anorak, as it can get very windy and there are marvelous coastal walks from Dartmouth Castle onward.

    Photo Equipment: Definitely take your digital camera and a pair of binoculars too, if you have them, as there is a lot to watch and photograph around the town and harbor.

    Miscellaneous: Get a decent Ordnance Survey map of the town and surrounding countryside, as there are a plethora of lovely walks and views.

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Dartmouth Off The Beaten Path

  • What's the weather like?

    Good questions!Dartmouth is in the South West of England and so the weather in the summer is walm and pleasant - occasionally wet. In the winter, mild and wet with occasional wintery weather (windy, stormy or even snow, but not very often!).However if you want to find out for yourself and then to forcast the next few days, you could go and check...

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  • Outside the Old Market

    Outside the Old Market you may find a variety of extra stalls. On this day it was mostly antiques (or house clearance items), books and fruit & veg.

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  • Dartmouth Old Market

    The old fashioned market is located behind Foss Street and is resonably central in Dartmouth. Inside you'll find a variety of small shops selling various local goods.Definately an experience to enjoy when wondering around Dartmouth.More about the Old Market:Dartmouth's attractive old market was built in 1828 on land reclaimed from the old mill...

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Dartmouth Sports & Outdoors

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    River Dart

    by freya_heaven Written Jun 26, 2004

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    Boats as you may have noticed are a big part of life in Dartmouth. Even if you do not partake in the sport itself, there are many chandlers here with great sailing clothes & many people look the part.

    There are a choice of sailing schools, a yacht club on the waterfront in Dartmouth & The Royal Dart Yacht Club in Kingswear. Pop along to either & you will get all the information you need if you want to have a sail & help out a crew.

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Dartmouth Favorites

  • History of Dartmouth

    Historically the river Dart estuary has been known for its excellent deep water harbour. The Saxons reached the Dart from the west by 705 AD., and although there are no surviving Saxon buildings there are many Saxon place-names in the area. The first written reference to a settlement at the mouth of the estuary was in the 1089 Domesday Book....

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  • Piscatorie

    I just love this cute little statue of two boys with their fish. The Italian marble sculpture was presented to the town by a local benefactor, Finch Ingram, in 1950 and has pride of place in the Royal Avenue Gardens. Finch is sometimes credited with being the artist but this seems to be erroneous, the actual sculptor isn't credited - if you look at...

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  • Don't Forget To Look Up!

    Dartmouth's heyday as a port was during the Tudor and Stuart periods (from the late 15th to early 18th centuries) and many of the town's finest buildings were constructed then, financed by the profits from things like the salt cod trade.Whilst at ground level many of the shop fronts and other buildings are contemporary most have lovingly restored...

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