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Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle

Dartmouth River Boats | 5 Lower Street, Dartmouth TQ6 9AJ, England
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Unique and charming

A lovely trip on a genuine piece of history, now returned to its rightful place. The crew are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The_Baptist
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
Pathfinder Day Trip to Kingswear plus personal trip on Kingswear Castle.

Having arrived at Kingswear by Charter train on Saturday 30th Sept I took the ferry across to... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
steveprotheroe
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Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom
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The paddle steamer Kingswear Castle is the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in operation in the UK today. She was built in 1924 at Philip & Son of Dartmouth. The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society spent 15 years fully restoring her to her former glory offering river trips on the Medway from 1985. In late 2012, she returned to the home waters of the River Dart after an absence of 47 years.
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Dartmouth River Boats | 5 Lower Street, Dartmouth TQ6 9AJ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely trip on a genuine piece of history, now returned to its rightful place. The crew are helpful and the commentary is informative (with appalling jokes), but the real star is the boat herself. And, yes, the toilets are unique!

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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Having arrived at Kingswear by Charter train on Saturday 30th Sept I took the ferry across to Dartmouth then booked my ticket on this wonderful Paddle Steamer. The 1.25 hour trip along the beautiful River Dart came with superb commentary on the local surrounding area....More

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

We had travelled to Dartmouth from Hampshire on a special train day trip. It fitted in nicely with the sailing times of The Kingswear Castle a coal fired paddle steamer. We took the trip around the Dart Estuary, her last for this year. It lasted...More

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

The paddle steamer is so smooth through the water you hardly know you are on a boat you can see the engine working and simply admire the engineering, the crew were great and there is snacks teas and coffees available, sit back relax and just...More

1  Thank GardenersWorldDorset
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Whilst we were in Dartmouth for the day we decided to have a river trip, we had the choice of a conventional diesel powered river trip boat or the last remaining coal fired Paddle Steamer left in the UK today. We decided on the Paddle...More

1  Thank willywonker51
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

We were fortunate to have reasonable weather for the steam train, foot ferry and paddle steamer trip, not quite a "Round Robin" so a bit complicated to book on their web site - as we're locals, we booked our trip in person at the booking...More

1  Thank realneet
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

This boat should advertise itself as a relaxation service it made my normally hyperactive 2 year old fall into a deep sleep after ten minutes and to be honest me and my wife nearly did the same towards the end but don't take that as...More

1  Thank adam c
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

On a sunny day this is one cruise that you MUST do. A lovely old paddle steamer and the commentary is interesting and at times amusing

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

I wanted to do the Round Robin trip including the paddle steamer Kingswear Castle between Totnes and Dartmouth, but because the tides restrict the times which that boat can reach Totnes, and because their website is very complicated, I settled for the river cruise from...More

2  Thank NickSidmouth
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Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our cruise in the River Dart from Dartmouth with our 8 year old grandson. The historic boat was well restored and the commentator pointed out various possibilities nuts of interest along the way. The weather was perfect and we would recommend this cruise...More

Thank Wendy F
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janetlittlebaby
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Response from APooley | Property representative |
Dear janetlittlebaby! You do not usually need to book in advance for the paddle steamer but we suggest you do arrive in reasonable time to purchase your ticket as the publicised departure times are very accurate. If you are... More
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