Living along the south coast I feel very fortunate that there is so many beautiful attractions and places to visit, as you all probably know I live in Dorset but as you head a little further west you’ll find stunning Devon which houses the historic maritime town of Dartmouth. Today I’m bringing you a guest post from Coast and Country cottages sharing with you the top 5 Dartmouth attractions.
The historic maritime town of Dartmouth is a fabulous holiday destination for families and couples alike. With numerous quirky Dartmouth attractions, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do. Here are just five fantastic days out…
1. Visit Dartmouth Castle
One of the best loved Dartmouth attractions is the Castle. This fascinating fortress is situated in an imposing position at the entrance of the River Dart. Visitors can explore this historic site, which is over 600 years old, whilst appreciating the beautiful views over the port of Dartmouth and out to sea, best enjoyed from the top of the battlement. For those looking to relax in the South Devon sunshine, why not order a delicious Devonshire cream tea from the Tea Room (another one of the popular Dartmouth attractions) and watch life on the water. For families, enjoy a special family ghost tour of Dartmouth Castle at night led by historical characters. Find out more about years gone by and the history of the castle… you never know what might be hiding around the corner of the spooky passageways.
2. Take a train ride on the Steam Railway
Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company is one of the most recommended Dartmouth attractions, with regular boat, bus and rail trips in the area. Why not take a round robin tour of the South Hams, using various modes of transport? Start with a river cruise along the River Dart past the former residence of Agatha Christie, spotting wildlife long with way. Then catch the open top bus from the unusual market town of Totnes over to Paignton, before jumping aboard the historic steam train for an exciting journey chugging along the water’s edge back to picturesque Dartmouth – a fabulous day out for the whole family. Finish your day with delicious take-away fish and chips on the waterfront from the celebrated restaurant Rockfish, run by Mitch Tonks… yummy!
3. Dartmouth Museum
One of the most fascinating Dartmouth attractions is the museum. Built in 1640, the museum is within an old merchant’s house in the centre of the town. Explore the many rooms holding historical artefacts, from the former Smith Street stocks, to items from the prestigious Dartmouth Pottery. The Pottery formerly stood at Warfleet Creek and has since been developed into fabulous apartments, some of which are available as holiday accommodation with Coast & Country Cottages. On
e of the oldest Dartmouth attractions, this intriguing museum is a ‘must’ for history fans.
4. Visit the Britannia Royal Naval College
The Britannia Royal Naval College is an iconic establishment and one of the top Dartmouth attractions, situated in an imposing position overlooking Dartmouth. Reportedly the first meeting place of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the college is a fabulous historical place for visitors to head to. Public tours take place on Monday afternoons throughout 2015. Find out about the building’s considerable history and its role within the Royal Navy today. Book your place on this two hour walking tour with Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre (01803 834224). Formal photographic identification is required for access.
5. Newcomen Engines
Thomas Newcomen is one of the most famous people to have been born and raised in Dartmouth. Born in 1663, he was an ironmonger but continued along a spiritual route and later became a Baptist preacher. In 1710, Newcomen designed the first steam engine, a revolutionary invention that was used in coal mines. His engine represented a landmark in the development of steam engines and was one of the major advances of the Industrial Revolution. If you would be interested in seeing the engine working, head to the Dartmouth Steam Room, one of the wonderful Dartmouth attractions, situated adjacent to the Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre.
With so many Dartmouth attractions not to missed, why not consider staying in Dartmouth? Coast & Country Cottages have some wonderful Dartmouth Holiday Lets.