Dartmouth is in the South Hams, an area of outstanding beauty within South Devon with its rugged coastline, beautiful beaches and rolling countryside. It has some of the most commended beaches in England close by, ideal for that relaxing lazy day. A spectacular deep-water harbour has enabled Dartmouth to boast over 900 years of maritime history and discovery. The river provides a fascinating and continually changing panorama of activity with fishing boats, ferries, yachts, and on occasions, cruise ships or frigates and submarines visiting the Britannia Royal Naval College. For those who like to let their hair down, there’s Dartmouth Regatta, Dartmouth Music Festival, or New Years Eve when the whole town comes out in fancy dress.
As a prosperous port her architectural legacy is also impressive with Elizabethan and Tudor buildings lining the streets. As well as Dartmouth’s rich history there are also many specialist shops, great restaurants and bars. If you would prefer a less strenuous way of discovering the area, why not take a trip on the Steam train, which travels through beautiful scenery all the way along the coast to Paignton. The Dart Estuary can also be explored by taking one of the many riverboat trips available from the Quay. The trip up the river to Totnes reveals a wildlife haven and superb views of this undulating landscape. A wonderful day out is a combination of the steam train and boat to make the popular circular trip known as ‘The round Robin’.
There are many local attractions to keep children happy such as crab catching along the embankment, otter and butterfly sanctuaries, Pennywell children's farm, Woodland Leisure Park just 5-minutes drive out of the town - a spectacular adventure filled experience guaranteed to tire out the whole family. Dartmouth is a great base for the action activity/holiday, with lots of fantastic walking and cycling on Dartmoor, or experience the South West Coast path. Dartmouth is of course synonymous with sailing; there are lots of opportunities to take to the water. Take a boat trip up the river Dart for a picnic at your leisure or charter an ocean going racing yacht. Golfing enthusiasts are well catered for, with the interesting golf course at Dartmouth golf and Country club a short distance away, with another 3 great courses in the area.