This year, we spent a few days before Easter in Dartmouth, on the south coast of England. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and I’d highly recommend a stop in this quaint little seaside town if you’re planning a trip to this part of the world. Dartmouth is located (unsurprisingly) at the mouth of the River Dart in Devon, where it flows into the English Channel. It’s on the small size but there’s quite a lot packed into the small, cobbled streets, including some lovely little independent shops, restaurants and cafes to explore.
I find it’s always really interesting being by any body of water, as there’s always so much going on! Dartmouth is the perfect spot for canoeing, kayaking, yachting, general sailing and, of course, crab fishing. There are also several river cruises that can take you sightseeing along the river and give you some information on the history of the area, including the castle that dates back to the 1380s.
After our long drive down the country, we made sure to get straight to the chippy on arrival, as being landlocked at home means our fish and chips isn’t quite as fresh as you might like on a Friday night. We went to Rockfish restaurant on the riverfront and had oysters, followed by the standard cod and chips. Their tartare sauce was beautiful and they give you unlimited chips with every meal (these are the best kind of restaurants).
Dartmouth is also famous in the UK for being home to the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), where they have been training Officers going into the British Royal Navy since 1863, as well as other cadets from around the world. The College is situated in a beautiful historic building, which was designed by the same architect who designed Buckingham Palace. It’s well worth a visit if you’re feeling like a short but strenuous walk up the hill; it’s definitely worth it for the views!
Another English seaside favourite is ice-cream, and there were several places to choose from but we went to the Dartmouth Ice Cream Company for a true taste of the world-famous Devon ice cream. It didn’t disappoint and we were also very tempted by their extensive range of fudge. To continue our Dartmouth food journey, we also managed to squeeze in a Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Royal Castle Hotel at the end of our stay. This was a lovely, traditional setting for an afternoon tea and (as ever) was surprisingly filling!
Dartmouth is very much a quintessential English town and is a beautiful little place to visit in the Southwest. Bear in mind though it’s best reached by car as public transport links aren’t the best and when you get there, parking can be a challenge. Have you been to Dartmouth? Let me know your favourite things to do in the area in the comments below!