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Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle

Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle
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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...more
Dartmouth River Boats | 5 Lower Street, Dartmouth TQ6 9AJ, England
+44 1803 555872
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All reviews steamers river cruise great trip beautiful boat open deck steam driven steam engine great commentary amusing commentary running commentary foot ferry enjoyable trip round robin trip lucky with the weather friendly crew visiting dartmouth sunny day
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

The staff were all polite and friendly, during the trip up river there was a running commentary over the tannoy by the staff which was both informative and funny. On board there was a bar where you could get coffee, snacks, soft drinks and beer/spirits....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank UKisbest
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

I Had The Pleasure Of Doing The Last Of These New 2018 River Trips On Monday 24th September It Was Quite Busy It Was Absolutely Fabulous As Ever Also Enjoyable Spotting The Wildlife Saw Cormorant Seals I Didn't Manage 2c The Osprey That The Guide...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MikeBakes
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic way to travel up and down the river dart, the scenery is beautiful everyone should try it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank christinegN7438SP
Reviewed 2 October 2018

What a memorable trip, first time on a coal fired paddle steamer. The views were really great and the commentary very clear and informative. I would certainly do the trip again. We even had a fly past on the last day of Sea King Helecopters.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Paul H
Reviewed 18 September 2018

This was part of a day out in the area. It was a lovely trip, first out towards the sea and then up the River Dart. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed the views from the top deck.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Alan P
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Very nice trip out down the river dart,excellent captain explaining lots of history of Dartmouth and the river,also very good sense of humour which made the trip,also managed to see a seal close up which was good,would recommend it to anybody

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank steve3074
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Took a trip on this fabulous vessel yesterday. Is was very enjoyable with a very interesting and entertaining commentary from the crew who were very friendly and obliging. Fascinating to hear the history of the vessel too Would highly recommend this The trip lasted approx...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank HazeT4
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Had a lovely trip on this interesting and well preserved boat, as part of the steam train/river cruise package. Much more enjoyable than the usual ferry/ boat trips. Very relaxing with a great commentary throughout.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank broadbent321
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Can’t imagine coming to Dartmouth and not taking advantage of the chance to see everything from the river! Weather was perfect and it was great to have some air. Fascinating

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SQ01273
Reviewed 3 August 2018

The trip itself was lovely, great weather & an interesting guide (although his humour may not be to everyone's taste). For me though, the highlight was the boat itself. You can see the engine working and one of the engineers was talking through the details...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Cheryl K
15 July 2018|
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Response from samhonour | Reviewed this property |
Trips to Salcombe run from Dartmouth. Would advise checking with Tourist Information in Dartmouth for more details
19 April 2015|
Response from DSRRB | 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