A little bit of history
The natural deep water harbour has been the driving force behind the town's history as a port and military centre. It grew to prominence in the Middle Ages exporting cloth from Totnes, and importing wine from France and Spain. The Cherub Inn (1380) and The Butterwalk (1628) which includes the Dartmouth Museum, are two of the oldest surviving buildings, among a wealth of architectural interest. Dartmouth lost economic momentum when Plymouth was preferred as the base for a western naval defence force. The consolation prize though, when the navy "returned" in 1863, was the magnificent red brick Britannia Royal Naval College which opened in 1905 as a training base for naval officers.
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Home to the famous, Britannia Royal Naval College and the Newcomen Engine to name a few. An abundance of more history can be aquired at the Dartmouth Museum.
Although a relatively small and compact town, Dartmouth boasts a number of supermarkets to suit all budgets and the town enjoys a market that serves the local community with local produce and supplies. Other high street franchises and boutique shops are plentiful to offer an enjoyable shopping experience. Dartmouth is also known for its quality restaurants and bistros/cafes.
HOME TO THE FAMOUS BRITANNIA ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE
Dartmouth is accessed via the A3122 from Totnes, the A339 from Kingsbridge or via the higher or lower ferries from Kingswear.
The nearest main and fully serviced station is Totnes, with a direct service to Paddington; or Paignton where a bus service or a seasonal steam train service can complete the journey to Kingswear with a passenger ferry to Dartmouth.
With our world famous deepwater port, mooring your boat/yacht is a lovely way to see the town.