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“Take the ferry”
Review of Dartmouth Castle

Dartmouth Castle
Ranked #5 of 46 things to do in Dartmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of the most picturesquely sited fortresses in England. For over six hundred years, the castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy port of Dartmouth. John Hawley, privateering mayor of Dartmouth and the prototype of the flambouyant "Shipman" in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, began this fascinating complex of defences in 1388. Explore the passageways and climb to the top of the Gun Tower for stunning views out to sea. Child friendly and dog friendly.
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Dartmouth Castle is a good example of a visitor centre. It is best accessed by taking the family-run ferry from the harbour-side as it is a grand way to approach this imposing structure guarding the entrance to the Dart estuary. All the exhibits are well laid out and informative, including the huge cannons in situ, although our enjoyment was somewhat spoiled by some very loud and undisciplined children who were running amok. We sat down to a very good clotted cream tea with yummy scones, all served by some friendly and helpful staff. Our trip back was enhanced by the boatman steering a careful course through and around several young children who were learning to sail. Recommended

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

This was a pretty good morning out overall. The kids (5 and 18 months) got plenty out of it and there was a good deal of genuine history behind it. The castle is small, yes, but there's enough to do. Certainly, taking the ferry there and back was a real highlight and wholeheartedly recommended.

1  Thank burttheswimmer
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

It's certainly worth a visit if you're in the area! The castle itself is impressive, and the display boards around it give it historical context. It's nice to walk to it from Dartmouth and have lunch at the Castle Tea Rooms afterwards.

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

It is not that much to see in the castle, but it stratigic location makes the views from it amazing. It is a lovely place with a lot of coastal walks around and would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the area. There is also nice coastal walk.
Reaching the castle is a bit tricky, because the road is very narrow and could a bit busy with visitors. The parking is limited too. I recommend parking somewhere around Dartmouth town (although it also gets busy) and taking the little ferry to the castle. It takes only 10 min and is quite cheap with nice views of the beutiful Dartmouth harbour. Or you can do the opposite, find a space around the Castle and have a return trip to Dartmouth with the ferry.

1  Thank Batd2
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

The area was beautiful. I would love to stay in the area next time. The roads were very small but when you got there it was worth it. My kids (4 & 9) loved the castle and it was a fun place to explore. We watched kayaks out on the water and want to do that next time as well.

Thank MichelleSG2013
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