A Country Kid’s Post: A Day Out in Dartmouth

Dartmouth along the river

As mentioned on the previous post, we arrived in Dartmouth via the ferry from Totnes on a camping trip a few weeks ago.  It actually felt like we’ve gone abroad and weren’t in England anymore.  It felt more like we were in the South of France, or somewhere else in Europe.  For one, the weather was absolutely warm, don’t remember how high the temperature was, but it didn’t feel like the UK at all.

Little T and I enjoyed looking at the colourful houses across the river.

Loved this big imposing blue Victorian house in front of the river.  Look at the intricate design by the door, and the lovely big windows.  They must have stunning views of the river.


I love cobbled streets although they aren’t exactly easy to walk on.  I’m glad I was wearing sandals that day.

We headed for Darmouth castle.  It was a bit of a walk from the quay, but the views were stunning and in spite the heat, we really enjoyed just walking and stopping, taking photos or just breathing in the air.

The view of the river Dart was just amazing.  Who wouldn’t want to stop for that?

I just loved the abundance of colour whether it was found in the flowers around or the houses. Everything just seemed so vibrant and teeming with life that day.  Wouldn’t it be great if everyday life was just like that?

We finally reached the 13th century castle and church, although it really looked more like a fort than a castle.  The oldest part dates back to 1380 and was built to protect Dartmouth harbour from a French attack.

I love old cemeteries by the river.

Entrance to the castle.

T and her Dad inside the castle.

There really wasn’t much to see inside, although I can imagine it would appeal to young children, especially the long dark corridors and rooms.  If not for being English Heritage members, I probably wouldn’t think it was worth it, unless I guess you’re a historian like my husband.  T wasn’t really into it.  Thank goodness we found a small beach near the castle and she had a chance to have a little dip and play in the sand. By then it was lunch time, we took a small boat back to the harbour to have a very late lunch.

 Dartmouth castle as seen on the boat.

We asked the guy who was manning the boat for some recommendations of where to eat in the area.  He recommended the Floating Bridge for seafood which we were all craving for, I guess i had something to do with being so close to the river.  And I’m so pleased that we asked even though it was a bit of a walk from where he dropped us off, it was still so worth it.

While waiting for our food, we enjoyed sitting by the river and I managed to take a photo of the steam train running across the river.

That sea food platter was just absolutely delicious and it disappeared not long after it was served.

 After licking our plates clean, it was time to head back and wait for the ferry back to Totnes.

Have you been visited Dartmouth?

Do share.


  1. Gorgeous photos the place looks as though I were in another country glad that u also had such lovely weather when there.

  2. i love the UK when the weather is warm! The colour houses are lovely and I am liking the cheeky Bulmers 🙂
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    • Definitely! Who needs to go abroad when the weather is warm? 😉 Now whether it stays warm is a different story 😉 xx

    • Oh you’re right about the Balamory looking houses. We’ve never been, but we saw them from afar when we took a ferry ride in the area in Scotland 🙂

  3. Nikki Thomas

    It looks so beautiful there, I have passed through Dartmouth once many years ago and always said that I would love to go back there. Having read this, it is definitely on the list for next year.
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  4. Silly Mummy

    Sounds like a great time. It’s really nice in Dartmouth and I agree with you about how colourful that area is with all the pastel houses. (Lucy/R is for Hoppit)

  5. I’ve never been but it looks lovely! A little Tobemory and a bit Whitby, except it looks like you’ve got sun! 🙂

    • I’ve never been to Whitby! Would love to visit especially if it’s like Dartmouth 🙂

  6. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    We used to live quite close to Dartmouh when the kids were young so I recognised your photos. It is a lovely town and great for a day trip. I’ve spent many a happy day there tough the proximity of the harbour wall to the water used to scare me when the kids were small. There was a little garden just set back from the front where I used to let them play more freely. I don’t think we ever visited the inside of the castle, though it looks impressive from the outside. Going over on the little ferry was always a top treat for mine. I love all your photos and the lovely bright colours so typical of Dartmouth in summer.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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    • Wow, that’s also a lovely area to bring up children! I can imagine though how scary the harbour wall may be when you have small kids. The one in Bos used to scare me too when T was little 🙂

  7. Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope)

    Lovely photos of a stunning place. PArang I am reading those posh magazine. Amazing photos! #countrykids
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  8. Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    It is such a pretty place. We’ve visited a few time. I always think that the sun makes a big difference to a place, but some places don’t need it. The colours and flowers in your photos are perfect. Makes me want to visit again. Especially after the food recommendation. Yum! #CountryKids

  9. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    I’ve never visited Dartmouth although I have been to Kingswear on the other side of the river. Love your photos of the views across the river and everything was certainly bursting with colour – those houses and flowers are so pretty and I love exploring old churches and cemeteries too. Glad you got some time at the beach with Little T as well 🙂 #countrykids

  10. Oh Dartmouth is so beautiful, we have been to Dartmouth before however it was before I appriciated beautiful towns! I would like to visit again and is on my list!
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  11. I’ve been to Totnes before as a kid but not Dartmouth.It looks so picturesque and peaceful.There seems to be something about coloured hoses by watery places isn’t there?

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