Discover Kingswear  

By Lucy Jelf on February 16, 2015

Kingswear at Dusk NS

The village of Kingswear is nestled on the eastern banks of the River Dart within South Devon, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Conveniently located opposite to the town of Dartmouth at the head of the River Dart it boasts stunning views and is linked to the town via two vehicle ferries and one pedestrian ferry. These services run regularly throughout the day and evening enabling visitors staying in Kingswear to enjoy the variety of boutique shops and restaurants that Dartmouth has to offer just a 5 minute journey away. For those planning on staying later in town water taxis are bookable via Sandpiper Water Taxis.  Renowned seafood restaurant The Seahorse, will even offer to organise water taxis for diners planning on staying in Dartmouth after the last ferry, making it easy to enjoy a later evening in the town.

Kingswear benefits from receiving afternoon and evening sunshine, perfect for enjoying a relaxing stroll along the picturesque River Dart to National Trust Property, Greenaway, which was once the holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family.

Kingswear village offers a couple of local shops a post office and pubs including The Steam Packet and The Ship Inn, well known for its live music. Looking to dine out? Café Opsy Debsy is popular with many locals and visitors all year round, particularly for Sunday lunch.

Local attractions within easy reach of Kingswear include Woodlands Adventure Park just outside Dartmouth, Paignton Zoo and the waterpark at Goodrington Sands just along the Torbay coast, all within a thirty minute drive.  Along the Torbay coastline, the town of Brixham, with its historic harbour,  is often frequented by tall ships during the Summer and is a great place for a day out with the family and particularly worth a visit during the town’s annual Pirate Festival in May.

Kingswear is also the home to Dartmouth Steam Railway; this is an approximately 6.7 mile stretch of heritage railway on the former Great Western Railway between Kingswear and Paignton. The Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company run a number of bus, rail and boat cruise services allowing visitors to explore this beautiful and unique area. One popular service is the coal fired paddle steamer ‘The Kingswear Castle’ where passengers can take a step back in time and cruise the River Dart on the last remaining craft of this kind in operation in the UK. For more information visit

Kingswear is within easy access of a great selection of beaches including family friendly Goodrington and Broadsands, perfect for families and both within a half hour drive whilst Blue Flag award winning beach, Blackpool Sands, is only 3 miles away from historic Dartmouth.

If you’re looking for accommodation, 7 Riverside Wharf (sleeping 4) is a comfortable penthouse apartment, ideal for couples and families. Situated in the centre of Kingswear village it boasts fabulous views across the water to Dartmouth. Enjoying similar fantastic views, 1 Elm Cottage (sleeping 4) has the additional benefits of a terrace, perfect for alfresco dining and membership to the Dart Marina spa a short ferry journey away across the river in Dartmouth.

Within a short drive of the village, Aft Cottage (sleeping 6) is a dog friendly, well-appointed terraced house with lovely countryside views across the Dart valley. Located in a great position, it is only a 2 mile walk across the countryside to beautiful Man Sands Beach which is ideal for enjoying a day trip with a picnic.

For more information on the beautiful cottages we have on offer in South Devon visit:

South Devon Holiday Cottages
Dartmouth Holiday Cottages
Salcombe Holiday Cottages