Visit the fortress that has guarded the port of Dartmouth for more than 600 years and trust us, you’ll be hard pushed to find a castle in a more scenic spot. Dartmouth Castle perches on the Dart Estuary’s narrow entrance and the views from its battlements are some of Devon’s finest. During the summer you can take a boat trip along the river from Dartmouth’s quay and land just a minute’s walk from the castle.
The castle is a complex of defences that date back to 1388. The gun tower was added around 100 years later and is the first in the country that was built to mount heavy ‘ship-sinking’ cannons. The climb to the top may leave you feeling out of breath but the estuary views make it worthwhile. The castle is unusual because it incorporates the church of St Petrox, and it continued to serve right up until World War II.
The Victorian Old Battery always grips the imaginations of visitors, and it includes a maze of dark passageways that are great fun to explore, as well as guardrooms and remounted heavy guns. Visitors can watch a dramatic film demonstrating a Victorian gun firing, and displays throughout Dartmouth Castle explain its history in detail. There are seasonal events held at Dartmouth Castle, such as family ghost tours for the very brave, Easter trails and open-air productions.