Things to do at Dartmouth Castle review
Dartmouth Castle in Devon is an old artillery fort maintained today by English Heritage. It was built to defend and protect Dartmouth harbour and the earlier parts of the castle date back to the late 14th century. The castle was improved during the English Civil war with twelve new guns. The castle was later neglected and then upgraded in 1859 with more modern artillery. It was then later opened to visitors in the 20th century.
The castle is located on a rocky outcrop and overlooks the entrance to Dartmouth Harbour. It is one of Englands most beautifully located fortresses and benefits from stunning views of the estuary and out to sea. You can get the best views by climbing to the top of the fortifications. There are rooms within the castle that you can explore. You can see the harbour chain that once spanned the 250m opening of the Dart estuary.
There are still cannons on some of the walls and you can climb the gun tower and see new displays of weaponry and armour inside. You can try on helmets and get hands-on with cannonballs. You can grab a torch and explore a dimly lit passage and follow in the footsteps of the Victorian volunteer soldiers who once worked here. They also host some great family-friendly events at the castle.
If you want to extend your visit you can visit the harbour and take a boat trip from the town quay up to the castle with the landing being just a minute’s walk from the castle’s entrance.
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FAQ and Further Information Dartmouth Castle
Is there food and drink available?
There is a tearoom with stunning views of the estuary serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Castle located by the water that was once used as a defence for the harbour, with rooms you can explore and the possibility of arriving by boat. There are toilets and a tearoom.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or mid-range for nonmembers. An adult ticket costs £7.90 without donation, children 5-17 £4.70. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is limited parking, charges apply. Parking on the access road is free.
When are they open?
Dartmouth Castle is open for most of the year with some closure mid-week during autumn and winter. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dogs on lead allowed. Assistance dogs welcome.
Are they accessible?
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