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10 Best things to do in Dartmouth

1. Greenway

Greenway is the holiday home of Agatha Christie and now owned by The National Trust.  Agatha Christie was born in Torquay and there is an annual Agatha Christie week held every September.  Greenway was actually used as a location for an episode of Poirot. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Greenway

2. Dartmouth Castle

For over 600 years, Dartmouth Castle has stood guard at the entrance of the Dart Estuary.  As well as exploring the interior of the castle, visitors can enjoy lunch in the tearoom by the river.  There are coastal and woodland walks were you will find plenty of wildlife and birds.  You can take a riverboat trip from the quay in the town which takes you within a minutes’ walk of the castle. www.engligh-heritage.org.uk/da ysout/properties/Dartmouth-castle/

“Moody skies over Dartmouth Castle. Photographed just after a band of bad weather passes overhead, from a boat on the River Dart at the entrance to the estuary to Dartmouth and Kingswear, Devon, UK.Related Images:”

 

3. Visit a Vineyard

OK, not what you were expecting to find in a list of top ten things to do in Dartmouth!  Situated on the banks of the River Dart, Near Totnes, Sharpenham Farm produces both wine and cheese.  They have been producing wine for 25 years, several have won awards from Decanter Magazine.  Their cheeses have also picked up quite a few awards over the years.  They offer a variety of tours throughout the year and there is also a café which serves local produce including seafood and of course, cheese. www.shapham.com

4. Get on the water

There are various options available, for something relaxing how about mackerel fishing from Brixham Harbour? They also offer sightseeing cruises and operate ferrys from Totnes to Dartmouth and Torquay and Brixham. www.greenwayferry.co.uk For the more adventurous among you, how about learning to surf? (www.discoverysurf.com) or take a sea kayak course in Dartmouth, they also offer sea kayak day trips and expeditions. (www.seakayakdevon.co.uk)  For those who fancy a touch more luxury and a lot less effort, you could always hire a luxury motor yaught and enjoy sightseeing with a glass of bubbly and lunch.  www.777tripleseven.co.uk

The fishing and resort of Kingswear in Devon

5. Dartmouth Food Festival

Held every year in October, the festival grows and grows.  There are cookery demonstrations by famous chefs, food and drink stalls, pop-up restaurants, food tasting, wine tasting, beer tasting and much more. www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com

6. Dart Music Festival

Held 16th, 17th and 18th May 2014.  The festival hosts many musicians and genres of music from jazz, folk, blues, rock, gospel and big bands. www.dartmusicfestivaal.co.uk

7. Walking & Cycling

The Dratmouth national park offers 450 miles of public rights of way.  It also has a variety of cycle routes both on and off road.

8. Dartmouth Prison Museum

One of the UK’s most famous prisons, constructed in 1806 to house French prisoners during Great Britains was with Napoleonic  France.  The first French prisoners arrived in 8109 and later in 1812 they were joined by American POW.  The prison then lay empty until 1850 but has been in constant use ever since.  The collections in the museum include weapons made by prisoners with whatever they could lay their hands on and include knuckle dusters made with 6 inch nails and a toothbrush with a razor blade mounted on the top! www.dartmoor-prison.co.uk

9. Enjoy a Devon Cream Tea

A pot of tea, freshly baked scone and jam and the ingredient that makes it different from any other cream – Devonshire clotted cream.  You will find plenty of tearooms in the area.  For an amazing collection of handmade patisserie, Italian ice cream and cream teas try Seredipity in Torquay. www.serendipity-torquay.co.uk

10. Dartmoor Otter & Butterfly Sanctuary

There are 19 species of otter, some have been rescued, others bred at the sanctuary and some have come to enjoy their retirement.  The butterfly house is home to some amazing butterflies from all around the world.  It is also home to some terrapins and leaf cutting ants! www.ottersandbutterflies.co.uk

 

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