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Getting To Know Dartmouth – Cruise Port Guide
Dartmouth is a beautiful town located within the county of Devon and its unspoilt beauty draws in thousands of visitors every year. As you may well be one of them at some point, we hope our Dartmouth cruise port guide offers everything you need to know and more about what to do during your visit here.
Sitting on the banks of the postcard-perfect River Dart, the town of Dartmouth proudly sits within the South Devon Area of Natural Beauty and its history can be traced all the way back to as early as 1086, when the Domesday Book lists Dunestal as the only settlement in the area which now makes up the parish of Dartmouth. The surrounding countryside is actually listed for ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and it is not hard to see why when you experience the rugged coastlines, wooded valleys and stunning beaches of offer.
It may be a relatively small town, but it is bursting at the seams with things for you to see and do. There are ancient narrow streets boasting local delicacies such as cream and fudge, and an abundance of restaurants and cafes serving delicious fresh seafood. Throughout the year there are various festivals, events and markets to enjoy, including the annual Dartmouth Food Festival and the Dartmouth Royal Regatta.
If it’s history you’re looking for, then Dartmouth Castle (one of the most incredible fortresses in England) is your journey back through 600 years of ancient history. There’s also Bayards Cover Fort which is just a short journey from Dartmouth Castle. It was Bayards Cover from which the Mayflower set sail for the New World in 1620.
Being a seaside town, there’s also an abundance of outdoor activities to partake in, including kayaking, paddle boarding, crabbing or a visit to Slapton Ley Nature Reserve. All of these incredible attractions make Dartmouth the ideal cruise port to visit at any time of the year.
Special offers can be found on the Discover Dartmouth website and Dartmouth is best explored on foot. Small vessels can sail up the river and into the heart of town, but larger vessels will be anchored offshore and guests tendered. There are usually local residents from the visitors’ centre on hand to help with ideas, getting around and maps.
Dartmouth is often considered a ‘foodie’ destination and has two restaurants listed in the renowned Michelin Guide. The Angel, offering ‘modern British’ and locally sourced cuisine and The Seahorse, offering ‘seafood-orientated menus’ that have a ‘Mediterranean bias’. Both are situated close to the Estuary, hence offering wonderful views as well as highly-rated cuisine.
Key Highlights of Dartmouth
- Dartmouth Castle
- St Petrox Church
- Dartmouth Steam Railway
- Bayards Cover Fort
- National Trust Greenway House & Gardens
- Dartmouth Museum