A historic and elegant town with deep water port, Dartmouth has more stories to tell than most, thanks largely to its seafaring tradition and naval connections. Situated on what is arguably England’s prettiest river, the River Dart, Dartmouth has served as one of the country’s principal ports for many centuries, and these days it serves as a fabulous place to visit.
The history of this attractive town is ever present as one walks around the town enjoying the fabulous architecture, and visits to the likes of Dartmouth Castle, Bayards Cove Fort and Dartmouth Museum help tell its story. Crusaders left from here in the 12th century, the Mayflower departed for America from Dartmouth in 1620, and throughout the centuries the English Navy has used the port and town as a key base. Standing testament to this, on the hill above the town, is the Britannia Royal Naval College, an officer training establishment where various members of the royal family have trained over the years.
It’s a pure pleasure to wander the streets and alleys of the town, enjoying the many art galleries, and shops specialising in antiques, food and drink, clothing, and a whole host of other great quality produce. But the greatest pleasure of all when visiting Dartmouth is to connect with the water, and any number of boat trips are available either up the river or out to sea, helping the visitor to fall in love with this very worthy destination.