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The pretty little South Devon town of Dartmouth, with its chocolate box houses and period buildings, is situated by the mouth of the River Dart. A popular holiday destination for tourists, it is the ideal place to spend a relaxing break, soaking up the cheerful atmosphere and heritage.
The welcoming town, once home to a deep water port of strategic importance, is nowadays brimming with independent shops and boutiques, friendly tearooms and great family attractions. Not far from the modern cities of Plymouth and Exeter, it is ideally positioned for you to make the most of both rural and urban areas. Stretching to the north is the Mediterranean-feel coastal area of the English Riviera, with its beautiful beaches and seaside resorts.
Set in some of the most scenic locations in Dartmouth and its surrounds, our fantastic selection of self-catering holiday cottages have everything you need to make your stay as comfortable and as relaxing as possible. From awe-inspiring panoramic views to exciting play facilities and games, we’ve got cottages in Dartmouth to suit everyone.
If you’re bringing the family pet along, or need a safe space for the children to play, there are cottages with enclosed gardens or courtyards and even some with play areas and games rooms.
A town bursting with character
A hive of activity, there’s always something going on in Dartmouth town. Every second Saturday of the month sees the colourful stalls of the Farmers’ Market huddle in the market square, selling all kinds of tasty local produce. Ancient streets are lined by leaning buildings housing tearooms, gourmet restaurants, pubs and shops. Hours can be spent simply meandering around town, popping in and out of art galleries and gift shops, absorbing the olde worlde atmosphere and charm.
The picturesque town is a magnet for artists and crafts people, many of them looking to immortalise its quintessentially English nature. Contemporary works of art are sold in the town’s popular galleries, from paintings and sculpture to cartoons and carvings, you can take home an original memento of your holiday.
The quayside too is an area frequented by many, especially on a sunny day. Busy with the comings and goings of boats, it is a lovely spot to just sit and take in what is going on around you. Children enjoy trying their hand at crabbing from the high wall above the river and often there will be many of them in friendly competition to fill their buckets. Why not grab a crab line and join in!
At the very end of the town, in a prominent position guarding the mouth of the estuary, is the impressive Dartmouth Castle. From its high location it provides stunning views of the river and harbours 600 years of history, from medieval times to World War Two. For an interesting perspective of the town and castle, a visit can be combined with a boat trip from the quay in Dartmouth.
A wealth of activities on the doorstep
Dartmouth’s flagship attraction has got to be its Steam Railway which runs 6.7 miles between Paignton and FKingswear, taking in some of the region’s most impressive coastal views. The popular Round Robin option includes a steam train journey, ferry trip, river cruise and bus ride and is a fantastic way to experience the coast and countryside in the area. Don’t worry if you’ve brought your dog along too, as he/she is also welcome aboard.
One of Dartmouth’s most famous fans was crime writer Agatha Christie, whose family owned a holiday home on a hillside overlooking the River Dart. The house is now an extremely popular but very well maintained tourist attraction, accessibly by river or road. It is full of the family’s collections, from archaeology to books, providing a fascinating insight into the author’s extraordinary life.
The area is also not short of family attractions, with Woodlands Adventure Park in Totnes being a firm favourite. Water rides, slides and indoor and outdoor play areas provide an exhausting day of family fun; a visit is sure to keep the little ones (and big ones) happy!
Ideally located for coastal exploration a visit to Dartmouth would not be complete without a day trip to one of the area’s many gorgeous beaches.
Dartmouth itself has a couple of little ones – Sandy Cove and Castle Cove which are great rock pooling territory when the tide is out.
Blackpool sands, a privately managed Blue Flag beach, is a sheltered curve of white sand against a backdrop of evergreens and pines. Just three miles West of Dartmouth, it is a lovely place for a family beach day, with lifeguards patrolling in the summer and beautiful clean water for bathing. If you haven’t time to pack a picnic, the beach shop and café serve tasty hot and cold food.
The shingle beach of Slapton Sands separates the UK’s largest natural lake in south west England from the sea. The attractive beach stretches nearly two miles from Strete Gate to Torcross village and earned its place in history as the location of Exercise Tiger, the tragic rehearsal for the D-Day landings. There’s plenty of space for dogs to run and play and, as they’re welcome all year round, it’s a great place for a stroll, whatever the season.
Dates for your diary
It may be a relatively small South West town, but Dartmouth can certainly compete with others on the size of its events!
The highlight of the calendar has got to be the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta which takes place every year at the end of August. During the regatta the town’s population of approximately 6,000 welcome over 100,000 visitors and the town becomes a buzzing hub of air displays, fireworks and fairs. The focus of the event is the programme of rowing and sailing competitions, but there really is something for everyone and the atmosphere is second to none. The first recorded regatta took place in 1822 and since then it has exploded in popularity; recent years have seen incredible displays by the legendary Red Arrows.
Introduced in 1997, the Dart Music Festival aims to provide a musical experience for all ages and tastes. Held annually in May, the festival features genres of music as far ranging as gospel and didgeridoo! Taking place across a variety of venues which are equally as unique, it is a community based event which welcomes visitors from all over. When you’re not enjoying performances by the expert, you can try your hand at playing an instrument in a master class or workshop. Most events are free, although donations to charity are requested.
One for theatre lovers is the Dartmouth Shakespeare Week which has been running since 2003. The event sees open air performances of one of Shakespeare’s plays in the atmospheric location of Dartmouth Castle. Local theatre group The Inn Theatre Company join up with the Royal Shakespeare Company to present the plays which are a great way to experience something a little different in Dartmouth.
If delicious food is your thing then the Dartmouth Food Festival is a must. The centre of the event is the historic market square where you’ll find food stalls showcasing the best in local produce and get the chance to hone your own skills with cookery demonstrations from award winning chefs. In the evenings there are art exhibitions and you can enjoy a meal in the local restaurants which go all out during the Food Festival. Of course, there are plenty of activities for children too!
Dartmouth is a fabulous location for a holiday, whether you’re taking a break as a couple, spending time with friends or off on a family getaway. There’s plenty to keep everyone occupied, both in Dartmouth and the surrounding area and you can relax and enjoy a slice of South West life.