With its historic Tudor architecture which grace the banks of the River Dart, this south Devon town is a picturesque paradise which offers something for all who visit. The age-old masterpieces of the town centre are not the only jewels which attract history enthusiasts, as the distinguished Dartmouth Castle has stood proudly on this west coast since the 14th century, making this fortress one of the most impressive structures in the county. Become the ruler of your own Devonshire fortress when you secure holiday accommodation in Dartmouth when you book via TripAdvisor or Airbnb today. It cannot be promised that your holiday rental will be quite as magnificent as Dartmouth Castle, but it will be bursting with a unique coastal spirit while being big enough for your whole party to enjoy.
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Visit Dartmouth, a timeless Tudor seaside experience!
Step back to a different place and time in the Tudor haven of Dartmouth and explore Bayard's Cove Fort which has protected Dartmouth since the 16th century, before marvelling at Kingswear Castle and St Petrox Church which have similarly stood the test of time along this coastline. Your journey through history does not have to end in the Tudor period, however, as Dartmouth showcases the impressive Victorian Dartmouth Steam Railway which passes through Brunel's gauge, along with the chance to explore the neighbouring landscape of Dartmoor, which was the setting of the literary masterpiece, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'Hound of the Baskervilles' in the turn of the twentieth century. Stay in the heart of these enduring attractions when you reserve a bed and breakfast in Dartmouth and wake up in a room with a view.
When to go to Dartmouth
Dartmouth is at its hottest in July, with temperatures reaching the twenties and a minimal chance of rainfall for the days on Blackpool Sands Beach. The beach, along with the other popular attractions are, however, more popular at this time, therefore, for a quieter, though still pleasant climate, choose to visit in June or late September when you can avoid the summer holidaymakers.
What types of holiday rentals are available in Dartmouth?
From the emerald shores of Blackpool Sands Beach to the pastel-painted townhouses of Dartmouth Harbour and the striking Dartmouth Castle, the landscape of this coastal paradise has captured the imagination of writers, painters and travellers for centuries. The only way you can immerse yourself in your holiday in Devon is by choosing a traditional holiday cottage in Dartmouth which offers a classic seaside sanctuary for the whole family to enjoy. If you are searching for a romantic escape to the riverside retreat, look no further than a luxury apartment rental in Dartmouth which is only a short walk from a collection of exclusive eateries and bars which come alive when the harbour is glazed in the moonlight. Alternatively, there is a vast range of cost-effective holiday rentals available in the town centre, from the picturesque townhouses and beachfront guesthouses which are an even more affordable alternative to a hotel room in Dartmouth.
How to get to Dartmouth
Situated on the south Devon coast on the west coast of England, Dartmouth has convenient transport links across the UK and can be reached by road, rail or air from around the country. The closest train station is Totnes, which has services from London Paddington, Glasgow Central, Manchester Piccadilly and Plymouth. Dartmouth can be reached in just less than an hour by driving from Plymouth, so if you are already staying in an apartment in Plymouth, you can enjoy the beauty of Dartmouth and be back in your holiday rental before dusk!
The remaining twelve-mile distance to Dartmouth can be completed by the 92 bus, taxi, or even a boat along the River Dart. If you are travelling by air, choose a flight into Exeter Airport which is around 45 minutes from Dartmouth, where you can similarly catch a train from Exeter St Davids to Totnes. For those who are driving to Dartmouth, take the M5 from the north and A303 from the east.
If you are already taking a break on the beautiful southern coast, why not visit Dartmouth for the day? You can reach the town by train in less than an hour from accommodation in Paignton, while a holiday rental in a 50 minute drive from holiday rentals in Torquay, so get out there, you won't regret it!
Where to stay in Dartmouth
As one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the area, Southtown is among one of the most desirable postcodes in Devon. Reserve your place in this waterfront haven by booking an apartment with a panoramic river view, where you can watch the sunset over this natural kingdom from the comfort of your bedroom or private balcony.
Located just a stone's throw away from the harbour, this riverfront area is the perfect place to choose a self-catered apartment rental in Dartmouth, as you are never going to go hungry with the excellent selection of charming restaurants and quaint pubs which are ready to be discovered right on your doorstep. Be sure to visit the nearby Dartmouth Arms for some tasty pub grub and a drink right on the shore of the harbour!
Dartmouth Town Centre
As with every great seaside town centre, there is a collection of pastel-painted townhouses alongside the sweet souvenir shops and ice cream parlours, and Dartmouth is no exception. The centre is the place to stay if you want a taste of Devonshire culture, as a guest-house or bed and breakfast in Dartmouth centre will place you alongside Baxters Gallery, Browns Hill Arts and Dartmouth Museum, all of which offer an insight into the creative and historical scene of this picturesque village.
The neighbouring district of Townstal is the ideal position to choose a traditional holiday cottage near Dartmouth, as its slightly removed position allows visitors to immerse themselves entirely in the verdant glory of the Devonshire county, and see for themselves why South Devon has been crowned an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Though a holiday home in Townstal comes with guaranteed peace, it is only a short walk from the centre of Dartmouth, where you can solve into the bustling amenities of these historic town streets.
Just across the River Dart, you can find the beautiful area of Kingswear which is directly opposite the Dartmouth shore. This striking neighbourhood is the perfect place to secure a luxury holiday apartment, where you can enjoy your own private sanctuary, which is separate from the rest of the world.
As a hotspot for all maritime enthusiasts, a holiday cottage in Dartmouth's Coronation Park area will place you in the perfect position for the Britannia Royal Naval College and the RNLI Visitor Centre, both of which have shaped the history of Dartmouth's waters for years before us. It is also home to the town's most famous park and garden, making it the ideal place to escape the shores and see some more of Dartmouth's stunning greenery and wildlife.
What activities to do?
Climb to the top of Dartmouth Castle
After standing proud on the coast of Dartmouth for over 600 years, Dartmouth Castle is the most striking landmark along the entire coastline. Which was once a fortress which protected Devon from attack, Dartmouth Castle is now a renowned family attraction which is famed for its stunning sea views and Dartmouth town centre from the top of the tower.
Ride the Dartmouth Steam Railway
Ride in the footsteps of the Victorian visitors and take in the extraordinary beauty of this landscape uniquely by riding on this nineteenth-century steam train. The trip also includes a ride on the Dartmouth Passenger Ferry across the famous River Dart.
Bathe on Blackpool Sands Beach
Known for its Mediterranean shades which are backed by the recognisable pinewood forest scent which kisses the tropical shore, Blackpool Sands beach is one of the most beautiful places to bathe on the sand, which will make you feel as though you are thousands of miles away from home.
Dine by The Harbour
With its ever-changing collection of boats and yachts which dock in this glamorous area of town, Dartmouth Harbour is the most fashionable place to take in the prestigious beauty of the South Devon coast. There is no better place to dine than alongside this water, where you can enjoy seafood, bistro cuisine and fine wine from a restaurant with a view.
Visit Dartmouth Museum
Staged inside a former merchant's house, this museum may be small, but worth a visit, especially if you are looking for a family-friendly activity to escape the midday sun (or the rain!). Dartmouth Museum tells the story of the town's maritime history, through its exhibitions of paintings, photographs and artefacts, all of which showcase Dartmouth's exciting story through the ages.
Explore on The Hound of the Baskervilles tour
The bleak landscape which was the inspiration behind Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes novels 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' is just over half an hour's drive from Dartmouth centre, and is an experience which should not be missed by any literary enthusiast, hiker or any Sherlock Holmes fan!