Things to do in and around Dartmouth

You can spend hours ambling the streets of Dartmouth. There are galleries and shops selling everything from a pair of deck shoes to a new outfit. As you browse you can stop to sample the best of Devon’s hospitality in one of the frequent restaurants, pubs, cafes or tea rooms. You will never be more than a short walk from the quayside where you can catch your breath and “riverwatch”, or you can return to Birchover for a well deserved rest.

You can find a list of local places to eat here

You can find a list of local shops and businesses here

You can find a list of upcoming local events here. Some of the other local activities and attractions are listed below:

  • The BRNC (Brittania Royal Naval College) – Check their website for guided tours and open days.
  • Dartmouth steam railway and riverboat company – providing river cruises and ferries to various locations on the river Dart. You can visit Greenways and Totnes by normal ferry or steam paddleboat, plus daily services operate by steam train between Kingswear and Paignton.
  • Dartmouth Castle – a lovely non-taxing walk, catch the castle ferry back to Dartmouth quay.
  • Little Dartmouth – a circular largely coastal walk from Dartmouth Castle.
  • Gallants Bower – a short walk from the castle, spectacular views. Awash with bluebells in early May.
  • The local ferry to Dittisham, a pretty village on the river Dart, runs every 30 minutes in the summer.
  • Blackpool Sands – probably the best beach in Devon.
  • Slapton Sands – fisherman’s paradise!
  • Slapton Ley – if you like bird watching this is the place for you.
  • Bigbury – a great beach, you have to visit Burgh Island, preferably on the sea tractor.
  • Coleton Fishacre – formerly the summer home of the D’Oyly Carte family, now restored to its full art deco glory by the National Trust.
  • Greenways – formerly the summer residence of Agatha Christie, now a National Trust property. You can get there by ferry, an old fashioned bus, steam train or you can pre-book parking.
  • Overbecks – formerly the home of the inventor and collector Otto Overbeck, now a National Trust property.
  • Newton Abbot race course – a great day out for those who enjoy a flutter.
  • House of Marbles – located in Bovey Tracy this free attraction is well worth a visit.
  • Dartington Hall – family estate of the Dartington family with the Dartington glass shopping village nearby.
  • Churston golf club – a firm favourite with our guests.
  • Dartmouth Best Western golf club – another guest favourite.
  • Salcombe – a small town on the Kingsbridge estuary, famous for its beautiful location, Salcombe gin and the annual Salcombe regatta.
  • Totnes – steeped in history with interesting streets to explore.
  • Brixham – home to England’s largest trawler fleet.
  • Dartmoor National Park – beautiful scenery, lovely walks, history and nature.
  • Numerous beaches and coastal walks.