Family Holidays in Dartmouth family holiday guide


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It is situated within the awe-inspiring scenery of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Dartmouth itself has many stunning historic buildings and interesting independent shops; something for every member of the family to explore.

Here are the top 10 things we love about family holidays in Dartmouth:

  1. Dartmouth family holidays are perfect for getting you and the children outdoors.
  2. Beautiful blue flag beaches in picturesque settings.
  3. Plenty of waterborne activities for the whole family.
  4. Trained lifeguards at many beaches to ensure your safety.
  5. The opportunity to spot incredible wildlife such as dolphins, seals and sea birds.
  6. Being surrounded by history, including some beautiful architecture.
  7. Scenic family boat trips through the town or further afield.
  8. Exciting food and drink to suit all ages, tastes and budgets.
  9. Diverse attractions to suit the whole family.
  10. Explore the coast at Dartmouth or head further inland.


The beautiful town of Dartmouth, on the bank of the River Dart estuary, is the perfect destination for a family holiday. If you’re planning your next break away then Dartmouth is certainly worth considering with a wealth of diverse attractions on the doorstep.


    • Swimming. If you’re visiting in summer, try the Dartmouth heated outdoor swimming pool which is open in July and August. Make sure you check the timetable before heading down as it is run by volunteers so isn’t open all day every day. It is heated to 28 degrees, has plenty of space and inflatables or toys are allowed so the kids should love it!
    • Beaches. Just a few miles from the centre of Dartmouth is Blackpool Sands, which is definitely worth a visit. This beautiful crescent-shaped golden shingle beach is set in a sheltered bay surrounded by steep wooded cliffs. The beach is cleaned daily and is perfect for swimming or other water sports. There is a cafe on the beach and a shop, which also hires out equipment such as kayaks and paddle board.
    • Gardens. For a break from the beach whilst at Blackpool Sands visit Blackpool Gardens, which can be accessed behind the beach through a small green door. The gardens were established in 1896 by the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, Robert Lydston Newman and in 2000 his descendant, Sir Geoffrey Newton Bt. began their restoration. Today the gardens fit the landscape and have spectacular views of the area. There is a small entrance fee for adults but children go free.
    • Kayaking. For an adventurous and fun day out try Sea Kayak Devon, which is suitable for those aged 4 or older. The guided trips have various routes along the beautiful south Devon coastline including trips for novices so no experience is required. There are bigger and more stable double kayaks so a whole family can travel together. The day includes the chance to enjoy a picnic lunch on an incredible beach or cove only accessible by boat.
    • Museum. Situated in the middle of town is the friendly Dartmouth museum. It is located in the historic Butterwalk, which is a terrace of houses built in approximately 1640 for rich merchants. The museum caters for all ages with a small entrance fee and those under 12 get in free. Children are catered for with questionnaires, microscopes to look through and you can even put them into the stocks!
    • History. Dartmouth Castle has defended the Dart Estuary entrance for over 600 years. There are incredible views if you climb to the top of the gun tower, although the steps may be too much for the smallest legs. This tower is thought to be the first in Britain built with the purpose of mounting heavy cannons that could sink ships. The building of the castle was started in 1388 by the mayor of Dartmouth, John Hawley, who is also believed to be the inspiration for the Shipman in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Why not make a family day out of your trip and starting at the town quay with a boat trip down the river, which arrives close to the castle.
    • There is plenty more in the town and surroundings for those with an interest in naval history, including the iconic Britannia Royal Naval College. This is the only remaining naval college in the country so photography is not permitted but resident experts act as guides if you choose to take a tour. The walking tour is just over two hours long (so perhaps not suitable for younger children) and groups can be collected from the town.If you’re planning your next break away then Dartmouth is certainly worth considering with a wealth of diverse attractions on the doorstep.
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