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10 Things You Should Know About Dartmouth As A Tourist


Guest Blog Post* – Linda Carpenter

Nestled at the mouth of the River Dart, Dartmouth stands as one of South Devon’s most picturesque and captivating towns. Its stunning landscape, historic architecture, and delightful harbor make it an ideal holiday destination.

You’ll find a plethora of activities to enjoy in Dartmouth, ensuring there’s something for everyone. We don’t want to just talk about what is Dartmouth, UK famous for? We’ll focus on things to do in Dartmouth and the special places you simply can’t miss during your trip.

What is So Special About Dartmouth?

1 Dartmouth Castle

Situated at the mouth of the River Dart, Dartmouth is one of South Devon’s most beautiful towns. With its stunning landscapes, historic buildings, and charming harbor, it’s a perfect holiday destination. From castles and theme parks to beaches and water sports, there’s something for everyone. Discover our favorite things to do in this guide or start your Dartmouth holiday cottage search now.

2 Explore Naval History

Join our expert guides on a captivating tour of Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. Delve into the rich history from its inception in 1863 to its current status as the UK’s sole naval college. You’ll visit key locations like the Chapel, Quarterdeck, Parade Ground, and the Britannia Heritage Museum. Tours begin with a pick-up in Dartmouth town and include a two-and-a-quarter-hour walking tour of the College. Don’t miss this chance to experience world-class naval heritage firsthand.

You can experience Dartmouth’s maritime history more deeply through books. Don’t worry if you don’t have a suitable book on hand, because you can always install the story reading app. You will have a huge selection of historical, fantasy and romance novels FictionMe at your fingertips. With FictionMe you can relax, feel the atmosphere of Dartmouth or while away the time on a flight. If you are a fan of reading, it will be difficult to travel without a novel app.

3 Blackpool Sands

Just a 10-minute drive from Dartmouth, Blackpool Sands is a Blue Flag award-winning beach surrounded by pines and lush greenery. This privately managed beach is known for its pristine condition, making it a favorite among families. The South West Coast Path runs through the area, perfect for starting or ending a scenic walk along South Devon’s stunning coastline.

4 The Fizz Boat

Celebrate your special occasion aboard The Fizz Boat! Enjoy a private Fizz and Food cruise on the River Dart. Perfect for get-togethers or a romantic outing, our friendly crew is dedicated to making your experience unforgettable.

5 Woodlands Family Theme Park

Woodlands Family Theme Park, the largest in the South West, spans 100 acres and features 11 play zones. Enjoy family rides, a zoo farm with exotic animals, thrilling waterslides, and a massive indoor play center. Don’t miss the Falconry Centre’s flying displays and the Big Bug Show. Woodlands offers unforgettable fun for everyone!

6 Bayards Cove Fort

Bayards Cove Fort, built between 1522 and 1536, housed heavy guns to protect Dartmouth Harbor. The Pilgrim Fathers likely saw the Tudor fort as the Mayflower and Speedwell departed. It served as the last line of defense, aided by a chain across the Dart estuary between Dartmouth and Kingswear castles. Picturesquely located on a rocky riverbank terrace, Bayards Cove Fort stands at the entrance to Dartmouth Harbor.

7 Greenway House

The Greenway ferry connects Dartmouth, Dittisham, and Greenway every hour. Enjoy scenic cruises along South Devon’s River Dart, including a visit to Greenway House, the former home of Agatha Christie. The 30-minute ferry ride to Greenway Quay leaves you just a 5-minute walk from the house, which Christie called ‘the loveliest place in the world.’

8 Follow in the Pilgrims’ footsteps

The Dartmouth Heritage Trail explores the Devon town’s historic 1620 Atlantic voyage links. It features three sections—town, walking, and castle trails. Connected by a River Trail, visitors can see historic seafaring spots and the Pilgrims’ encampment. You may have read about them before, or you can use FictionMe FictionMe to do so now. The trail focuses on the Separatists, Mayflower, and Speedwell, while covering Dartmouth’s history since the 12th century across 13 historic sites.

9 Royal Naval College

Dartmouth Naval College, established in 1863, serves as the British Royal Navy’s elite officer training institution. Located on the picturesque banks of the River Dart, it boasts stunning Georgian architecture and expansive grounds. Passionate about British history? Sign up for a guided tour to uncover the rich heritage of Dartmouth and the Royal Navy.

10 Dartmouth’s art scene

Dartmouth’s vibrant art scene is inspired by its coastal beauty and maritime heritage. The town features galleries, studios, and art shops showcasing diverse works from local artists who draw from the River Dart and the rugged coastline. Regular exhibitions, events, and workshops offer art enthusiasts a chance to explore and purchase unique pieces. Dartmouth is a must-visit for art lovers!


Dartmouth, UK is a town full of history, natural beauty, and endless activities for all ages. From exploring its naval heritage to lounging on the picturesque beaches or enjoying a private fizz cruise, there’s something for everyone in Dartmouth. Don’t forget to explore the town’s vibrant art scene and immerse yourself in its rich culture. Plan your trip to Dartmouth today and experience everything this charming town has to offer!  So why wait? Book your holiday cottage now and start planning your perfect getaway to Dartmouth!  


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