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“Pretty but what else?” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dart Harbour

Dart Harbour
Ranked #3 of 39 things to do in Dartmouth
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Bergen, Norway
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“Pretty but what else?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

We drove from our holiday home in Torquay for a day in Dartmouth. There was not a lot of info to be had ahead of time that would have helped us decide what to do. We were lucky enough to find a parking space for a few hours (no mean feat on a summers day) and as a visit to the Naval College was high on our wish list, headed straight for the Tourist Information Center, which was easily found. The ladies there were as helpful as they could be, though I did get a sense that I really should know more about their town than I did. A visit to the Naval College was apparently out of the question as it must be booked ahead of time and all visitors had to show their passport etc as it was a working naval academy. Fair enough, but why wasn't this information available ahead of time ? So we ended pt going to the Farmers Marked as recommended. Really, a few stalls with homemade crafts and some tourist stuff??? But the town is pretty, the harbor is pretty, the gardens are pretty and so forth. Other than watching the boats - not a lot to do for us "not in the know". And as for finding a bench to sit on to eat your ice cream and watch the boats - forget it. All occupied by pensioners who do NOT move from their spot. So all in all, a fairly disappointing day in Dartmouth.

Visited July 2014
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“Beautiful river setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

This town of Dartmouth enjoys a wonderful river setting close to the mouth of the Dart as it joins the English Channel. With the pretty little Boat Float and attractive Royal Gardens, there is much to enjoy here. Interestingly, there is a railway station on the quayside, but the railway never got to town. Their Lordships of the Admiralty stopped GWR from bridging the Dart up nearby Dittisham as they felt it might interfere with their tall-masted ships of the line. The whole harbour bustles from dawn to dusk and beyond with water craft of all sizes, and many enjoyable voyages can be taken from this harbour.

Visited July 2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“A Bustling Harbour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

There is much going on here. Boat trips, shops, cafes, ferries. or just sitting and watching.You can lose a day quietly or travel to Dartmouth Castle or Greenway by the various transport services.It is busy from 09.00 and has a wonderful atmosphere.Everything is also within easy walking distance.A great day out or holiday location.

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

It is such a beautiful little town with nice views and lovely little shops and restaurants. I am only sorry that we did not have more time to try some the boat and steam train trips

Visited July 2014
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Bristol
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“Good place to sit in the sun.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Probably about a mile long. Fabulous views across the estuary to Kingswear and the steam railway that arrives from Paignton. Lots of benches to sit on and take in the atmosphere and lots of ships and boats to watch going about their business. I would recommend using the park and ride or the excellent Stage coach bus service ( £4-90 for a day rider) as parking is at a premium. Lots coffee shops and places to eat and drink. Toilets are clean but a little dated. Well worth taking the time to visit.

Visited July 2014
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