Dartmouth harbour has long been regarded as one on the finest harbours in Britain and is the source of much Dartmouth heritage. Dartmouth life and transport has always centred around the harbour and River Dart, and there is still no main road in or out of the town.
The harbour at Dartmouth has been the starting point of voyages around the globe for hundreds of years. One of the most significant journeys to start at Dartmouth Harbour was that of the Mayflower, on 20 August 1620. Laden with pilgrims heading for America, the ship eventually landed at Cape Cod in November. A memorial plaque can be seen at historic Bayard’s Cove where the ship was docked before her departure.