The seaside town of Dartmouth dates back to 1147 - although it has changed over time, its rich history is evident! In fact, there are nods to its famed nautical and engineering importance all over the town. History lovers will adore the quaint Dartmouth Museum. It is nestled close to the historic Butterwalk, a terrace of rich merchants’ houses built around 1640. It displays an extensive collection of artefacts, models, paintings and photographs relating to Dartmouth and the surrounding district.
Find out about town’s contribution to the D-Day landings in 1944 and The Mayflower, the famous ship, carrying the Pilgrim Fathers, that departed Dartmouth in 1620 and set sail for the new world of America. Dartmouth Castle perched at the mouth of the River Dart, is a must visit. Soak up the history of this great building or take in the stunning views while you sip on a traditional cream team by the riverside.
Take a stroll in the sun to The Royal Avenue Gardens. The newly reconfigured borders and flowerbeds provide the background for beautiful family photos! Due to Devon’s mild climate the Antipodean, Japanese and Mediterranean gardens have exotic species like olive trees, gingko, palms and New Zealand ferns. Continue a little further and you will stumble onto Foss Street, a picture-perfect lane beside St Saviour's Church. This medieval street dating back to 13th century is now home to an array of the most delightful cafes and independent shops.
The South West Coast Path is part of the UK's longest national trail. This stunning trail makes Dartmouth a superb place to stay if hiking and outdoor pursuits are your thing! Of course, you can't holiday on the coast and not dip your toes in the water! The South Hams offers an array of watersports to suit your every need. Surfing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, coasteering, you name it, you can do it in Dartmouth. The River Dart is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely paddle, with the stunning scenery, calm waters and inspiring wildlife.
Blackpool Sands, a beautiful blue flag beach, offers crystal clear waters, where you can hire paddleboards, kayaks and canoes. Simply soak up the sun if you're only up for relaxation! Confident water enthusiasts can paddleboard from Dartmouth to Totnes and stop off along the way for a spot of lunch in one of the beautiful villages of Dittisham, Stoke Gabriel, Galampton and Tuckenhay.If you like to take in the sea air, but prefer to stay dry, you can hire a boat for a day and take in Dartmouth's stunning coastal sights. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, the Dartmouth Yacht Club offers sailing lessons for every level of experience.