At the mouth of the winding River Dart lies the hidden gem of the South Hams, Dartmouth. Surrounded by spectacular countryside and the fabulous river Dart, Dartmouth and the neighbouring community of Kingswear a short ferry trip across the river, are a treat for the whole family. The river is host to some fantastic boat houses alongside the normal range of great holiday cottages.
The South Devon coast is host to fantastic beaches, with clear waters and gentle waves inviting swimmers and paddlers alike. Choose between alluring coves such as at Blackpool Sands, or the big wide beaches at Slapton where D-Day was rehearsed. Dartmouth is incredibly tempting for all those who love to stay in beautiful places.
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But, the natural beauty of the area isn’t the only attraction of Dartmouth. There’s so much to see. There’s a stunning castle located on the banks of the River Dart with beautiful views of the estuary and the grand houses (and holiday cottages of course) climbing its steep sides. Wander round the town visiting the Dartmouth Museum to experience a wealth of heritage and culture.
Enjoy river trips to Dittisham on a graceful Edwardian paddle steamer or converted World War II Motor Torpedo boat (the torpedoes having long-since been removed). From Kingswear, travel by Great Western steam trains along the river, perhaps alighting to visit Greenway, Agatha Christie’s old house with its spectacular gardens and estuary views.
There are also a wonderful array of town walks and hikes to be explored with art galleries, chandlers, bookshops, boutiques, pubs and café stops along the way. Reward yourself at the end of the day with a scrumptious meal from any of Dartmouth’s critically acclaimed restaurants and bistros.