Affectionately known by some as the ‘jewel of the South Hams’ Dartmouth is a labyrinth of pretty cobbled streets overlooking a beautiful and natural deep water harbour; famed for its rich military history, it’s has been deemed “the port of refuge”.
Dartmouth benefits from a mild climate and offers the relaxing feel of a harbour town, with the lush, green backdrop of the River Dart. Blackpool Sands is an award winning Blue Flag beach just on the outskirts of Dartmouth in a sheltered bay. The town centre has a cosmopolitan feel about it with many boutiques and shops featuring local arts and crafts hidden around the cobbled streets, the perfect place to find a souvenir from your Dartmouth holiday.
One of the highlights of a holiday in Dartmouth is the dining with quality being second-to-none. Enjoy some of the finest seafood in the West Country or choose from a wide range of alternative menus to suit all tastes with many restaurants overlooking the beautiful harbour or the picturesque River Dart. Some of our personal favourites include; The Laughing Monk serving the best local meats and fish in a British style and The Seahorse Restaurant serving the highest quality seafood caught fresh daily.
There are some great days out to enjoy while on holiday in Dartmouth with the largest family theme park in the South West, Woodlands being nearby. Enjoy the water coasters, take a ride on the tornado toboggan run or slide down the hill on the arctic gliders. The Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company provide an excellent opportunity to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the region as you chug away along the English Riviera Geopark coastline and return along the River Dart.
Dartmouth benefits from a mild climate and offers the relaxing feel of a harbour town, with the lush, green backdrop of the River Dart
The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta is hosted in the town every August and brings thousands of visitors to the town for the event, taking place Thursday to Saturday, but the people of Dartmouth make sure the festivities go on for a lot longer than just the 3 days. This is a great time to stay in Dartmouth with so much going on including the rowing events, airplane displays, water polo, barrel rolling and musical acts all taking place over the course of the week.
Dartmouth was the choice of Agatha Christie for her holiday home and is an excellent choice for a holiday of your own. Much of Dartmouth’s original charm has been preserved with some parts of the area, namely Bayard’s Cove, retaining its character from the 16th century and Dartmouth Castle which has guarded the entrance to the Dart Estuary for over 600 years, is situated about a mile away from the town.
All in all, Dartmouth is a fabulous location for South Devon holidays!