Dartmouth Boat Hire
Dartmouth Boat Hire
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Self - drive motor boats on the beautiful River Dart. Explore the river, moor outside a pub for lunch, pick up a mooring buoy for a picnic. 5 miles of beautiful river to explore. Fish from the boats or crab from a pontoon, visit one of the local villages, or a pub for lunch, pick up a mooring bouy boats available for 2hrs, 3hrs, 4hrs or 6hrs, first available boats is a 10am, and the last returning boat must be 4pm. We are situated in the middle of Dartmouth right on the Quayside by the bandstand, probably the best location to start your cruise from.
Dartmouth, Devon, England

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AlistairD
Ipplepen, UK8 contributions
Aug 2023
We have used Dartmouth Boat Hire three times now and each time it gets better!

The couple that run the business are so friendly and helpful - you start with a proper safety briefing, then they help with life jackets for all the family (and the dog) and then there is a briefing on how the boat works and where to go.

The boats are small but perfect for the river and ideal for a family and are clean and well maintained. You can use the boats between the Castles and Dittisham and there are literally thousands of boats to see, gorgeous houses to look at and the scenery is delightful.

You can moor up for a picnic or stop at Dittisham and enjoy the Ferry Boat Inn or the Anchorstone cafe - both are excellent.
Written 25 August 2023
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Chocolate Bobbin
Wisbech, UK7 contributions
May 2023 • Family
What a lovely welcoming to Dartmouth on our first day. We met the lovely couple that own Dartmouth boat centre. We had such an enjoyable day. We came back the next day with friends. We were allowed to explore the whole bay, at our leisure, we had a health and safety briefing, and although boating is a serious thing we felt as though we had the flexibility to enjoy our day. Seven of us jumped on one boat for four hours and it was the best value for money excursion that we did for the duration of our holiday. I strongly recommend it as I believe it will fail to disappoint.
Written 28 May 2023
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The dishevelled traveler
281 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We tried to book this Saturday but they were booked solid. So we headed back this morning after booking online. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable. Boating is such great fun and you don’t need to be an expert to have a great couple hours on the water. (You just have to follow a few basic rules.). After a good briefing, we went up to the castle at the estuary and took some pics before heading down river against the tide to Dittisham. My girls loved it and 2 hours was plenty to have fun and take in the views. You’d need a bit longer of stopping for refreshments at Dittisham. All in all an awesome day. Thank you so much. We will definitely be back.
Written 31 July 2022
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YorkshireGucci
Yorkshire76 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Last minute booking, very friendly and accommodating, communication was excellent. All instructions were clear and delivered very well by the young lad working there. Boat looked well maintained and we had a lovely two hour journey up to Dittisham and back to the Castle, river busy but felt safe. Very highly recommended.
Written 17 August 2021
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gavandstace
Horsham, UK915 contributions
Jun 2021
Fantastic experience, great customer service, very helpful. Two hours was enough to go to Dart castle and back up to Dittisham. Felt very safe on the boat.

Thank you for being so accommodating. We will be back.
Written 3 July 2021
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Hi there and thanks for the review, we are really pleased you enjoyed your time on one of our boats, and hope to see you again sometime, maybe take a boat for a longer period and enjoy the further reaches of the beautiful river Dart next time. Kind Regards Stuart
Written 5 July 2021
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Dorian1963
Kenilworth, UK20 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Fantastic! Definitely recommend if visiting Dartmouth and looking for something to do.
Lovely little boat and helpful staff.
Written 31 May 2021
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Hi there and thanks for the review, we are really pleased you enjoyed your time on one of our boats, and hope to see you again sometime, maybe take a boat for a longer period and enjoy the further reaches of the beautiful river Dart next time. Kind Regards Stuart
Written 5 July 2021
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BrianG1964
Bristol, UK6 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
My wife and I hired a boat for 2 hours, long enough to go up to the castle, and to Dittisham and back at a leisurely pace. Nice to see the coastline from the river, an added bonus was to also see the the steam train. Lovely couple running the boats, friendly and approachable, all instructions clear to understand. Would highly recommend hiring one of their boats, you won’t be disappointed.
Written 20 May 2021
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Hi there and thanks for the review, we are really pleased you enjoyed your time on one of our boats, and hope to see you again sometime, maybe take a boat for a longer period and enjoy the further reaches of the beautiful river Dart next time. Kind Regards Stuart
Written 21 May 2021
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Mike H
Brighton, UK11 contributions
May 2021
Hiring a boat along the river dart was a great experience. Beautiful countryside and sunshine helped. The staff gave good instructions and the boat was stable and safe.
Bit of an issue mooring in totnes, and Sharpham should introduce a stop. But the boats hire is great fun.
Written 10 May 2021
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Hello and thanks for your review, we are really pleased that you had an enjoyable day out on one of our hire boats. We agree it is a shame that Sharpenham vineyard does not have its own river moorings, however there is a stone Quay a short distance past the vineyard that can be used for short stays providing the tide is right. Hope to see you again. Kind Regards Stuart
Written 11 May 2021
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Rhiannon
1 contribution
May 2021 • Friends
Really fun boat trip. The staff are really friendly and super helpful. They gave us a great induction and were really helpful throughout! Well worth the trip, even for the inexperienced boater!
Written 2 May 2021
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Hi there and thanks for your great review, we are glad you enjoyed the experience and you were great fun too, hopefully see you again.
Written 3 May 2021
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Lis211
Woking, UK30 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
We had a great time on the river. The boat was clean and well maintained. A great safety briefing and really friendly helpful staff. An excellent trip and perfect weather as a bonus.
Written 23 April 2021
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Thanks for the review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your trip on one of our boats and hopefully see you again. Regards DBH
Written 26 April 2021
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