A beautiful historic town that is situated on the west bank of the stunning River Dart.
In an area of outstanding natural beauty, this ancient market town is steeped in history and is the ideal destination for day visits, short breaks, holidays at any time of the year.
There are some great activities and attractions for all ages in and around Dartmouth, river cruises, steam trains, a paddle steamer Kingswear Castle which is the UKs only coal fired paddle steamer, English Heritage – Dartmouth Castle, and Dartmouth Museum to name a few.
The Britannia Royal Naval College is where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd first officially met His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1939.
Shopping in Dartmouth
This offers a unique experience for everyone!
With an wonderful mix of specialist shops and big high street names, all set in a charming and historic setting, the town is a popular destination with all kinds of shoppers, especially those looking for a little bit of retail therapy.
There are many independent, locally owned boutiques in Dartmouth that are just ‘not on the high street’ in any other area of the UK, all selling one of a kind items that make Dartmouth shopping that extra bit special.
And what shopping trip would be complete without stopping in one of the local cafes for a delicious slice of cake, coffee, or even an afternoon tea!
Whether it’s a gift, homeware, food & drink, art, memorabilia or a special item of clothing that you’re looking for, you’re guaranteed to find it in Dartmouth.
What sets Dartmouth shopping apart from other towns, is its art and crafts culture.
With the wonderful scenery surrounding the town, it’s not hard to appreciate why Dartmouth has an array of beautiful art galleries in the town, where you can find one of a kind, inspirational artwork to take back home – a little piece of Dartmouth!
This is one of my favourite galleries
Where to Shop in Dartmouth
Spend some time in Foss Street, the oldest street in Dartmouth and browse the wonderful galleries and boutique shops amongst the beautiful architecture.
The Old Market Square includes a unique range of specialist shops, and Duke Street houses the infamous ButterWalk building.
Along the Quay and Higher Street are some of the more traditional high street shops, mixed in with specialist water sports, sailing and nautical shops.
Dartmouth is home to some wonderful markets, Market days are held in the Old Market Square Fridays throughout the year, Tuesdays from Easter to December, Thursdays in high season and are worth visiting to find something unique for you or your home.
The Artisan Market is held every fourth Saturday of the month.
There are two beautiful and secluded cove beaches in Dartmouth town –
Castle Cove – is a shingle and rock beach which is completely covered at high tide. Beautiful views of Dartmouth Castle and out to sea can be enjoyed.
Sugary Cove – is at the mouth of the River Dart. It is a remote, quiet beach of shingle and rocks. Some large rocks can be found on the beach, but there are no rock pools. Dogs are allowed all year. It is found next to Dartmouth Castle and providing stunning views of the estuary and the castle itself.
Dartmouth Castle – A must see is the historic Dartmouth Castle, for over 600 years the castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth. Active during the civil war until World War 2 the castle boasts a colourful history which is told through displays around the fortress, Dartmouth Castle is part of the English Heritage trail.
Take the Castle Ferry there if you are not feeling energetic or go by foot, the castle is approximately a 20-25 minute signposted walk from the town centre.
The Castle Tea Rooms offer a warm welcome with fabulous cream teas and outstanding views, a great place to unwind particularly if you take your tea down the steps to Castle Cove.
Bayards Cove Fort – This Tudor fort built by the borough of Dartmouth between 1522 and 1536 it contained heavy guns to protect the prosperous harbour town from attack. Occupying a terrace cut from the rocky river bank, Bayard’s Cove Fort is picturesquely sited at the entrance to Dartmouth Harbour and part of the english heritage trail.