Dartmouth is fondly known as the Jewel of the South Hams, with its ancient narrow streets, boutique shops, galleries selling fine art, delicatessens and abundance of restaurants.
It is a popular holiday destination for couples and families alike. This small naval port, home to the Britannia Royal Naval College, the official centre for Royal Naval officer training, has played an important part in the UKs nautical history dating back as far as 1147 and 1190 as the assembly point for the English contingent to depart on crusade with vast fleets gathering in the aptly named Warfleet Creek. Bayards Cove is the town’s oldest and picturesque wharf with its cobbled quayside and small Tudor artillery fort guarding Dartmouth’s inner harbour built in the early 16th century by the townspeople of Dartmouth to protect the town quay.
The water is a constant attraction and every type of watery experience can be had as well as numerous cruise ships visiting the port throughout the year. During the summer months the embankment of the River Dart is bustling with people admiring the River and its activity. Children spend the day catching crabs in competitions with their siblings, water taxis ferry people backwards and forwards from their boats with the larger vessels providing circular River Cruises and trips up to Totnes. There is also the instantly recognizable sound of the steam train departing from Kingswear on its trip to Paignton and the English Riviera.
The Dart Estuary is part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also lies within the South Devon Heritage Coast. Within a short drive of Dartmouth is the award winning Blue Flag shingle beach of Blackpool Sands. Set in a sheltered bay surrounded by evergreens and pines, and said to be one of South Devon’s most beautiful natural treasures with turquoise blue sea giving it an almost Mediterranean feel. Take a walk along the breath taking South West Coast Path, heading either East towards Brixham or West towards Slapton Sands and Start Bay. The National Trust properties of Coleton Fishacre and Greenway, the beloved holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family are close by. Further along the coast is an array of beautiful Devon villages with the ancient market town of Kingsbridge some 13 miles west of Dartmouth.
During the year various events and festivals take place in the Town. Every year since 1834, the Dartmouth Royal Regatta is the highlight of the calendar and brings the whole town, and the water, to life. Visitors enjoy a host of events from rowing, sailing to air displays and fireworks to name a few and this normally takes place over the last weekend of August.