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A pretty harbour town in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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As you explore its winding Elizabethan streets, you’ll discover bustling markets, art galleries and a selection of interesting independent shops. Dartmouth is also home to some of Devon’s best cafes and restaurants, many of which specialise in fresh, locally caught seafood.

Dartmouth has a reputation for fresh, tasty food and numerous cafes and restaurants which serve some of the best food the southwest has to offer. The Grill Room is a light and modern first-floor restaurant with lovely views across the river, which serves delicious, locally sourced food, including seafood and steaks. Overlooking the River Dart in the town centre is another Dartmouth favourite, the Station Restaurant, where you can expect good, reasonably priced food. One of the area’s most respected fine dining restaurants is River Restaurant, at the elegant Dart Marina, known for its beautifully presented dishes, cooked with the finest local ingredients.

Dartmouth railway

Dartmouth is home to a handful of traditional pubs. One of the best is The Sportsman’s Arms, where you’ll find a lively atmosphere and pub classics, such as cod and chips and steak and ale pie. Next to the beautiful Slapton Sands is the Start Bay Inn, a 14th century thatched pub which is popular among locals for its excellent seafood.

Dartmouth Castle is undoubtedly one of the town’s most impressive historical landmarks. The location of this imposing fortress is truly spectacular, overlooking the River Dart estuary as it narrows before reaching the town. Visitors can climb to the top of this towering structure for breathtaking views across the river. Don’t miss the impressive gun tower or delightful riverside tearooms.

“Dartmouth is a captivating town, nestled on the western bank of the River Dart’s estuary.”

For a great day out, take a ride on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, whose traditional steam trains meander along a seven-mile route, past some of South Devon's most beautiful scenery.

Dartmouth is an ideal base for exploring South Devon. The attractive fishing village of Brixham is well worth a visit for its working harbour and seafood restaurants. A little further afield is Dartmoor, a wild and windswept land where you can hike, wildlife-watch and enjoy some of the region’s most dramatic landscapes. Devon’s south coast is scattered with long sandy beaches and sheltered coves where you can sunbathe, fish and surf.

While you’re there

Woodlands Family Theme Park

This family theme park is set within 90 acres and has plenty of rides and slides for all weather fun!

Dartmouth River Boat Company

A boat trip is a really lovely and memorable way to explore Dartmouth and its surrounding scenery.

RockFish Seafood and Chips

You won’t get fish and chips fresher than this! Try fried squid or whitebait for a twist on a classic!

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