History and Heritage in Dartmouth

Famed for both is nautical and engineering importance, Dartmouth is a town full of culture, history and heritage, from castles to forts, ancient buildings and museums.

Dartmouth dates back as far as 1147, and over the centuries has managed to retain many of its original features – though now somewhat modified to fit in with modern life. Just wandering through the streets of Dartmouth you will see an eclectic mix of architecture amongst the buildings and streets, many dating back to the 16th century, such as the Butterwalk buildings. 

Nautical Heritage in Dartmouth

Castles, forts and even links to the Mayflower and founding fathers of America, Dartmouth’s nautical heritage is impressive.

Even today Dartmouth is of nautical strategic importance, and is home to the Britannia Royal Naval College. All accessible to visitors, spend a day exploring the historical buildings and places of Dartmouth.

Historical Houses and Gardens

With 2 English Heritage and 2 National Trust properties in Dartmouth, as well as several stately homes and gardens in the surrounding area – you can spend days exploring.

Steam Engines and more

It’s not just the maritime history that sets Dartmouth apart – it’s also the home of Thomas Newcomen, the inventor of the Steam Engine, a working engine can be viewed at the Dartmouth Visitor Centre.