Our 10 Favourite Photos of Royal Avenue Gardens

One of the most well known and well loved parts of Dartmouth sits a short distance from the riverfront and offers a haven from the bustling streets and coming and goings of boats on the estuary.

Filled with trees, delightfully planted flower beds and shady places to sit, it’s the beautiful and peaceful Royal Avenue Gardens. The gardens can be found in the centre of Dartmouth, overlooking the river front and next to the Boat Float.

The gardens have many attractive features which can be the focal point or supporting act to any picture. In the heart of the garden stands the cast iron bandstand which makes an impressive centre piece to the garden and your photographs. Further into the park, away from the river sits an ornamental triple-tier stone fountain which is framed from the road by the arched Royal Avenue Gardens sign.

The park was created by the Town Council and opened in 1887 and was named Royal Avenue Gardens following Queen Victoria’s visit to the town a number of years earlier. The fountain was added to the park in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

Dartmouth is a thriving town and over the centuries extra land was needed which lead to the reclaiming of land from the river banks and mud flats, most of the level land in Dartmouth was previously river banks, including the land used for Royal Avenue Gardens. Once just a sandbank the area was originally built up using ships’ ballasts but unfortunately it turned out to be too unstable to be built upon and so became the gardens that locals and visitors love today.

So whether you like looking at or taking shots of tranquil flower beds, architectural features or river views in the background, Royal Avenue Gardens is a great place to head to build your photography gallery. To give you some inspiration of what’s waiting for you in Dartmouth below are our favourite images of Royal Avenue Gardens.


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