Things to Do in Dartmouth

Dartmouth offers a plethora of experiences year-round, ensuring you’re never short of things to do in Dartmouth with options to suit all types of visitors.   


Immerse yourself in Dartmouth’s rich history and culture with its historic houses and fortified castles. The town centre boasts an array of shopping spots, galleries, museums, and artisanal crafts, perfect for leisurely strolls and window shopping. 


For families seeking fun-filled activities, Dartmouth and its vicinity offer some of South Devon’s finest attractions. From adrenaline-pumping adventures to animal encounters and local theme parks, there’s something to delight every member of the family no matter the age. And let’s not forget the timeless joy of crabbing, a prominent activity in Dartmouth whereby families will line up along the embankment in hopes of catching crustaceans! 


Dartmouth is a hotspot for watersports. Whether you’re a complete novice or an experienced adventurer, there are plenty of great watersports providers who offer kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing and various other excursions. Or, you can bring your own gear down and just hop onto the River Dart!  

For those who prefer to stay inland, venture into the picturesque South Devon countryside to indulge in a variety of outdoor pursuits, such as scenic walks and cycling. As Dartmouth is situated on the South West Coast Path, there’s plenty of tracks and trails to explore.  

Some of Devon’s finest beaches are just a short distance away so you can enjoy a relaxing day by the sea, soaking in the stunning coastal vistas. Plus, with the South Devon National Landscape (previously AONB) and Dartmoor National Park nearby, breath-taking landscapes are just moments away.  


Near Dartmouth, you’ll find a wide range of food and drink attractions, that cater to various tastes and preferences, ensuring a delightful culinary experience. Explore nearby vineyards and breweries to sample locally produced wines, ciders and craft beers. Take guided tours to learn about the production process and enjoy tastings of the region’s finest libations.  
Dartmouth also has a vibrant food scene with a variety of farm shops and markets on offer where you can discover a range of local produce, artisanal cheeses and homemade preserves. Not to mention, the town is also renowned for its seafood with many of its cafés, pubs and restaurants serving the local catch of the day.  


Throughout the year, Dartmouth hosts a vibrant array of events, from a popular music festival to a famous regatta, ensuring there’s always something happening in town. Keep an eye on the Events Calendar for the latest updates and opportunities to join in the festivities. 


For those inspired to explore Dartmouth further, our accommodation listings feature a range of options, from hotels and B&Bs to self-catering cottages and even pet-friendly stays. 

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