Bayard's Cove Fort is a small artillery fort found at the inner harbour in historic Dartmouth. Built in Tudor times to protect the harbour, Bayard’s Cove was third in the line of defences for the harbour, the main protectors being Kingswear and Dartmouth castles at the mouth of the river.
Today the site is managed by English Heritage and it’s a lovely vantage point to spend some time and take in the views. There’s a picnic area beside it so it’s worth stopping off for awhile during a Dartmouth holiday. Entry to the fort is free and there’s space to park on the road just above it. Dogs are welcome on leads, and visitors can access the fort to experience how it would have felt to look out through the gun ports.