The Destination for all Seasons
Welcome to the Official Dartmouth Visitor Centre Information Website
A Very Warm Welcome to Dartmouth
Visit Dartmouth is the Official Marketing Organisation for Dartmouth and our Visitor Centre
Dartmouth is a beautiful historic town situated on the west bank of the stunning River Dart in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This ancient market town is steeped in history and is the perfect destination for all-year-round day visits, short breaks, and holidays.
The town hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year providing a rich and rewarding visitor experience.
There are some great activities and attractions in and around Dartmouth, including river cruises, steam trains, a paddle steamer, Dartmouth Castle, Dartmouth Museum, Britannia Royal Naval College, where Her Majesty the Queen first officially met His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1939.
The river Dart offers private boat hire, kayaks, paddleboards, and a range of other water sports at local beaches including Blackpool Sands.
Dartmouth is open to all visitors and our priority is ensuring that visitors and residents alike can enjoy it safely. Our town and its surrounding areas offer plenty of room for all to enjoy safely and responsibly. Please see our visitor safety guidance here.
Latest Dartmouth News
With stunning places to explore and some fabulous and iconic festivals and events all year round, Dartmouth provides so many wonderful memories and experiences for all our visitors. Enjoy the scenic River & Adventure Cruises, learn the fascinating history of our beautiful town, and explore the local and surrounding areas for some fun at the beach or a walk along the coast with all the family.
For the latest news from the Visit Dartmouth Visitor Centre, why not check out our Spring Newsletter!
Things to Do
No matter the weather or season, Dartmouth offers so many exciting and unique things to do all-year-round. Whether you’re a couple, family or group of friends, there is so much choice in and around the local areas no matter what your preferences or interests.
Whether you’re new to Dartmouth or have visited before, there’s always something new to discover.
There are some amazing walks around the town taking in the Heritage Trail, or a walk to Dartmouth Castle at the mouth of the beautiful river Dart. Nestled alongside Dartmouth Castle is St. Petrox Church which first appeared in the history books in 1192 and today is a favoured place of worship and weddings.
A short climb above Dartmouth Castle lies Gallants Bower – a medieval fort built during the English Civil War, (1642-1651) with stunning views of the countryside, river and out to sea. In May the whole area is transformed into a carpet of blue as the Bluebells dominate the landscape.
A must do trip is the Castle Ferry which you can take either way from Dartmouth’s South Embankment to ‘Stumpy Steps’ next to St. Petrox Church. The ferry trip shows you a delightful aspect of Dartmouth and Kingwear and the multi-coloured waterside properties. There, you’ll pass the famous Bayards Cove Fort where by tradition in 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers continued their journey to the New World, and these are just some of the memorable and exciting places to explore…
Stay in Dartmouth
Staying in Dartmouth offers visitors a wide choice of room only, bed and breakfast, guest houses, inns, hotels and self-catering apartments and cottages. Whether you want to stay conveniently in town, in the local countryside or by the sea, there are so many options to choose from. Searching for your ideal place to stay is easy and if you would like to search for yourself, then why not use our ‘Find & Stay’ Search facility.
Dartmouth and its surrounding areas offer some fabulous events of many different varieties that are perfect for all the family. Visiting Dartmouth around a local event too can be full of fun and excitement, and be the perfect place to make the best holiday memories.
Why not visit our Events Calendar to see what events to put in the diary!
Food & Drink
Dartmouth offers you an exciting and extensive range of places to eat and drink, with a selection of bars, restaurants, cafes and tea rooms in town and within the surrounding villages.
Whether you are looking for delicious takeaways, a table with river views or a fine dining experience; Dartmouth offers you the perfect choice for you and your family.
If you’re a lover of seafood, we have some of the finest daily fresh fish to enjoy throughout some amazing locations in town, in the countryside and by the sea. There is a fresh fish merchant located in Dartmouth market.
South Devon is renowned for its fresh produce, including meats, fish, shellfish, cheeses, wines, ciders, beers and gins. Why not take a tour of Dartmouth Gin, one of our award-winning distillers.
We celebrate good food in the month of October with the Dartmouth Food Festival featuring tastings, stalls, cooking demonstrations and classes hosted by our celebrity chefs.
Visit & Explore
Whether you’re a day visitor or you are staying for a long family holiday, there’s something for everyone in our unique and ancient market town.