Visit & Explore
Exploring Dartmouth provides you with a special discovery experience at any time of the year…
Visit & Exploring Dartmouth
Copies of this map are available for purchase from the Visitor Centre.
Directions & Group Travel
Travelling by Car:
Travelling from the North or the East, you’ll begin entering the region of South Devon at the bottom of the M5, Exeter. Keep travelling south onto the A38. After about 3 miles keep to the right and stay on the A38 heading towards Plymouth. After 18 miles leave the A38 onto the A384 signposted to Totnes. You will pass through the village of Dartington where you take the first option at the second mini roundabout. As you enter Totnes turn right at the traffic lights onto the A381 and follow the signs for Dartmouth. When you reach the village of Halwell, (about 7 miles) you turn left onto the A3122 and Dartmouth is about 7 miles.
Travelling by Coach:
Coaches arriving at Dartmouth will use either the Park & Ride drop off point, where a smaller bus will transfer passengers into town arriving at the main coach and bus service point, or the direct drop off point at Dartmouth Embankment.
Travelling by Train:
The nearest mainline railway station is Totnes, which is the arrival point for trains from London and the Midlands. From here a bus service runs between Totnes and Dartmouth and is operated by the Stagecoach Company. Taxi services are also available from the rail station.
Alternatively you can arrive by train to Paignton and get the steam train or bus 120 to Kingswear and then get onto the passenger ferry.
Travelling by Air:
Exeter Airport has excellent rail links to Totnes and is approximately 50 mins by car from the Exeter Airport to Dartmouth.
Getting Around Dartmouth
Dartmouth has two car & passenger ferries, the Higher Ferry situated on the north east point of Coronation Park next to the Dart Marina Hotel and Spa. The Lower Ferry connects Dartmouth with Kingswear using the historic ferry and tug, one of which is aptly named Hauley (Hawley) after a previous Dartmouth mayor who between 1374 and 1401 held the office on fourteen occasions.
A foot passenger ferry is also available connecting Dartmouth to Kingswear which operates all year.
A Stagecoach bus service connects Dartmouth to Totnes (92 Service) and Plymouth via Kingsbridge (3 Service).
Parking in Dartmouth has seasonal changes, in summer with free short stays available in the town centre for between 1-2 hours and all-day parking at a cost in the main Mayors Avenue car park. Park and Ride facilities are in operation throughout the summer season and for special events.
NEW PARKING UPDATES: see below or for more details, visit: www.southhams.gov.uk
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 hilltop lookout with stunning views of the 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 in 1620 by tradition the Pilgrim Fathers continued their journey to the New World, and these are just some of the memorable and exciting places to explore…