Dartmouth in the South Hams, Devon, UK

Dartmouth Town is in the South Hams District Council area of South Devon.

The George and Dragon Pub is on the edge of Dartmouth Town Centre, less than 200m from the beautiful River Dart to the East; the Bandstand in the Royal Avenue Gardens to the South East, plus only 100m from Fosse Street and the Old Market Square to the West.

We are next to the Marks & Spencer Food Store and across the road from the Main Town Centre Car Park and the Tourist Information Centre in Mayors Avenue.

We're also less than 250m level walk (unusual for Dartmouth) from the Coach and Bus Stop on the Esplanade, which is also the location of the Ferry Terminal and Pontoon for the River boats to Kingswear, Torquay and Brixham (in season), plus the smaller ferries that are a great trip to Dartmouth Castle, Dittisham, Agatha Christie’s Greenway House or to Totnes.

The pictures on this page are a selection of pictures taken locally at different times of the day and throughout the year, which reflect the nature and character of this busy and truly eclectic town and the surrounding scenic and historic area.

We keep a good stock of information and guides on all the many local attractions, places to visit and things to do in Dartmouth, the South Hams and all around Torbay and this beautiful region of South Devon. The extremely friendly and helpful Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre is right opposite our Garden entrance at the bottom of the Mayors Avenue car park – They have everything there is to have about the area.

Incidentally, also almost opposite the George & Dragon, just across Mayors Avenue and next to the Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre, there is also a working example of the Newcomen Steam Engine – This is the actual machine that effectively kick-started the Industrial revolution in Britain, as Thomas Newcomen, the original inventor of the steam engine, lived and worked in Dartmouth and wanted to find a way to save lives and get water pumped out of the mines all over the South West at that time.

Gallery of Dartmouth local area

Our favourite things to do and visit include:

Walking to Dartmouth Castle – Walking to the historic Dartmouth Castle is a great way to blow away the cobwebs and it is only about 2 miles from our garden – there is also a small ferry boat every half an hour or so in the summer from near the main Ferry Pontoon if you want to take the easy option, maybe one way – or just for a change – kids of all ages love it!

Visiting Dartmouth Castle – The Castle is managed by English Heritage so if you are a member then visiting is Free – otherwise it costs and is not really suitable for really young children or anyone that struggles with steps – but for active young minds and bodies in between it is great with loads of portholes, canon and ramparts etc., plus a lot of historical information: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/dartmouth-castle/

Castle Cove – A lovely small sheltered beach with steps down the cliffs next to Dartmouth Castle - about 2 miles very pleasant walk from the Town Centre – Park in Dartmouth Town Mayors Avenue Car park during low season, or use the Park and Ride in Summer, as there is very little parking and very small roads leading to the Castle.

Totnes River Boat Trip – A trip of just over an hour with refreshments and toilets on board, travels along the River Dart with all manner of wildlife, old and new leisure and working boats, fabulous scenery all the way to and from Totnes for a great day out (– Go up from Dartmouth in the morning, wander around the character shops in the old High Street of the ‘crystal’ capital of England, well at least all of those not in Glastonbury! Have lunch in one of the tea rooms, pubs or restaurants, and come back again to Dartmouth and the G&D in the afternoon – Great for sunbathing on the top deck!) https://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/

Fishing Trips – A full or half day plaice or mackerel fishing (or both), or just sightseeing or watching the abundant wildlife around our coast and the River Dart on board with a professional skipper on the ‘Saltwind of Dart’ – a purpose built, 40 foot Aquastar purpose built Sea Angling boat, with a hugely powerful 650+ horse-power diesel engine. Saltwind of Dart is skippered by the hugely experienced, knowledgeable and very friendly Dave Riddles, who also supplies all of the fishing gear you need if you don’t have your own (and his is always in good condition and working - he is a bit OCD about it), plus he also makes a good brew of tea or coffee on board when not unhooking your fish of course! https://www.Saltwind.co.uk.

Gallery - Fishing trips

If you enjoy your visit to Dartmouth and have any other suggestions that our customers may enjoy then please let us know and we will add them to this page? – Thank you.