The historic maritime town of Dartmouth in South Devon has long since been a popular holiday destination. A fascinating place situated on the banks of the River Dart, within just a few miles of countless unspoilt beaches and the breathtaking Start Bay coastline, Dartmouth appeals to visitors of all ages, with something for everyone.
Whether you are a fan of museums, castles or grand stately homes, Dartmouth has it all! A town steeped in history, Dartmouth is home to the Britannia Royal Naval College – the first meeting place of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip – as well as the National Trust property Greenways Estate, the former residence of renowned writer Agatha Christie. Those with a taste for history will certainly not be disappointed!
Given the town’s close proximity to the sea, understandably Dartmouth is famous for its seafood, with a host of restaurants serving fresh fish caught off the Start Bay coastline. Celebrity chef Mitch Tonks runs two award-winning restaurants in the town, RockFish and The Seahorse.
For those visiting in October Half Term, the Dartmouth Food Festival takes place from 23rd-25th October. One of the biggest in the region, the festival takes place across the town, and is always well attended by numerous well known chefs, not to mention thousands of visitors who come to watch demonstrations, and sample delicious produce!
For a fantastic family day out in Dartmouth, a trip with the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat company is not to be missed. Why not enjoy a river cruise, spotting wildlife along the way, before taking a ride on the steam train, along the river’s edge.
For an action packed day out whatever the weather, head to the family theme park, Woodlands, just outside of Dartmouth, where children can meet the animals, enjoy the numerous rides or explore the giant seven floor indoor play area – perfect for letting off steam!
For those that just love to shop, the retail therapy options are endless in Dartmouth. Stroll along the town’s cobbled streets, popping in to the boutique shops and art galleries, picking up presents to take home for family and mementos of your visit to South Devon, for you to keep. Feeling peckish? Stop off for a delicious Devonshire Cream Tea in one of the many tea rooms, before continuing your shopping. Nearby there are stunning unspoilt beaches, perfect for water sports, including the Blue Flag award winning Blackpool Sands, within a 10 minute drive away.
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