Dartmouth, South Devon

Dartmouth, South Devon

Top UK coastal town in a very special setting

If you're exploring the UK then Dartmouth, and nearby Salcombe, must be experienced. Lining the western side of the Dart Estuary, the town is stunning and packed with things to do. Again, essential UK visiting.

 

Why holiday or weekend break in Dartmouth?

To help you choose Dartmouth, we've listed some of the local attractions below.

 

Dart Estuary

The River Dart rises in two places on Dartmoor's north moor. The East Dart River and West Dart River meet at Dartmeet and the River Dart powers through the stunning Dart Gorge on its way to the National Park border. From there, the River Dart flows to Totnes and then the South Devon coast at Dartmouth. Explore the River Dart and Dart Estuary from Dartmouth.

 

Boat trips

Whilst there are super walks on either side of the Dart Estuary, the best way to explore it is by boat. There are plenty of boat trips to enjoy.

The classic Dartmouth trip is the Round Robin provided by Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway. Take the Dartmouth Kingswear Lower Ferry to Kingswear. Hop on the Dartmouth Steam Railway to Paignton Station. Ride on the bus to Totnes Steamer Quay. Follow the River Dart downriver on the Dartmouth Totnes River Cruise. Clearly, you can take the trip in the other direction.

The ferry to Greenway Halt and the National Trust's Greenway is a super boat trip. Greenway was once Agatha Christie's home. Note that you can walk back to Kingswear on the Dart Valley Trail before taking a ferry across the water to Dartmouth.

Alternatively, take the ferry to Dittisham and walk back on the Dart Valley Trail.

For a short boat trip, use the ferry to get to Dartmouth Castle.

Try also the Dartmouth River Cruise.

Limited services run out to sea to explore the South Devon coast and wildlife. You can also day trip to Salcombe. Look out for the Coastal Trip and Salcombe Voyager. There are trips on the paddle steamer Kingswear Castle.

Note that you can take trips from Torquay/Brixham to Dartmouth on the Dartmouth Day Cruise.

Ferries. Higher Ferry is the main crossing point for vehicles. Lower Ferry runs between Dartmouth and Kingswear. Ferries run to Greenway Halt, Dittisham and Dartmouth Castle.

 

Dartmouth Castle

Dartmouth has a rich maritime history. Visit English Heritage's Dartmouth Castle. Spend some time in Dartmouth Museum.

 

Great places to eat and drink

Dartmouth is one of Devon's top food and drink destinations.

Restaurants. The Seahorse. Rockfish. The Royal Castle Hotel. Station Restaurant. Dart Marina Hotel & Spa. The Angel.

Pubs. The Cherub Inn. Dartmouth Arms. The Floating Bridge. The Crab & Bucket.

Cafes. Dartmouth Castle Tea Rooms. Note that The Venus Cafe just down the road at Blackpool Sands is in an awesome location.

Fish & chips. Rockfish Takeaway.

Ice cream. Station Restaurant.

Festivals. Dartmouth Food Festival. Dartmouth Crab Festival.

 

South West Coast Path

Offers amazing coastal walking.

 

Watersports

Try Sea Kayak Devon and Dartmouth Boat Hire. There's also Canoe Adventures (Tuckenhay/Stoke Gabriel) and Venus Riders Watersports (Blackpool Sands).

 

Blackpool Sands and beaches

South Devon is famous for its beaches. Blackpool Sands is just down the road from Dartmouth. If you're willing to travel, we'd very much recommend day trips to Bantham Beach and Bigbury-on-Sea Beach.

 

Coleton Fishacre

Discover South Devon's many National Trust properties. Coleton Fishacre is arguably the best in the area. Try also Greenway (once home to Agatha Christie) and Overbeck's.

 

Woodlands Park

If you have kids then spend a day at Woodlands Park.

 

The English Riviera

Dartmouth is just south of The English Riviera. Take a ferry across the Dart Estuary and visit Brixham, Paignton, Torquay and Babbacombe.