Even if they have never visited Dartmouth (or Dart) Harbour and its surrounds before, some people will recognise it as a location for the famous BBC drama The Onedin Line. Its real-life history includes being a starting point for The Crusades of 1147 and 1190 and a stopping-in point for The Pilgrim Fathers on their way to America. It enjoys a long, proud, naval history; and nowadays also receives the occasional cruise ship.
If you are coming by sea to the calm shelter of Dartmouth's natural harbour, temporary moorings are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. A detailed guide covering the procedures to follow is available.
On shore, think about taking just a short stroll over the cobbles to visit Bayard's Cove Fort, a 16th century Tudor coastal defence artillery tower and also the nearby Church of Saint Petrox.
Around and close to the harbour, you'll find a cluster of bustling places to shop, eat and stay.
Local tide times for the Dartmouth Estuary
The Dartmouth Higher Ferry
The Higher Ferry operates between Dartmouth and Kingswear (at the northern end of the embankment adjacent to the popular Floating Bridge Inn and the renowned Dart Marina Hotel). The crossing forms part of the A379 between Torbay and Plymouth. Please note that credit and debit cards are not..
The Dartmouth Lower Ferry
The lower ferry operates daily all year services across the river, between Dartmouth and Kingswear.