Dartmouth, Devon, with its winding streets, half-timbered houses and deep-water harbour is a haven for yachtsmen and tourists.
The town is steeped in history. Dartmouth Castle, built in 1481 protected the harbour and wealthy merchants from pirates and marauders; the Pilgrim Fathers rested here on their voyage to the New World in 1620: the historic Butterwalk, built between 1635-40, used timbers from captured ships for its impressive facade.
Thomas Newcomen was born in Dartmouth in 1663 and his famous steam pump engine can be seen in the Mayor’s Avenue.
The Royal Naval College completed in 1905, dominates the landscape and is still in active use.
Today the town offers many fine restaurants, galleries, marinas and unique shopping opportunities in its individual boutiques. The embankment provides the visitor with a scenic walk and the opportunity to take one of the many ferry and boat trips on offer. These range from a visit to Agatha Christie’s house and gardens to deep sea fishing trips.
Other local attractions included in this designated area of outstanding natural beauty include fishing, sailing, walking, golf, tennis and other activities.
Dartmouth has a number of festivals and events. Its famed Royal Regatta occurs in the last week of August and attracts huge numbers to watch its special displays which includes the many boating events, the Red Arrows, two spectacular firework displays, Regatta Rock and The Regatta Ball in the marquee at coronation park. The Music Festival, held in May offers live music to suit every taste and in October the world class chefs and restaurants get together to present culinary delights for the Food Festival.
Events and activities in local villages range from fishing to worm charming.