Bayard's Cove Fort

Bayard's Cove.
Exterior view of Bayards Cove Fort from the sea
An aerial view of Bayards Cove.

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Bayards Cove, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9AX

Before You Go

This Tudor fort, built by the borough of Dartmouth between 1522 and 1536, contained heavy guns to protect the prosperous harbour town from attack. It was the last line of defence against enemy ships that had eluded Dartmouth and Kingswear castles and the iron chain stretched across the Dart estuary between them. Occupying a terrace cut from the rocky river bank, Bayard’s Cove Fort is picturesquely sited at the entrance to Dartmouth harbour.

Read more about the history of Bayard’s Cove Fort.

Don't Miss

Dart Music Festival - Friday 11th - Sunday 13th May 2018

A fantastic free music festival with more than 100 performances over the weekend at various venues around Dartmouth. Bayard's Cove will host a range of acoustic artists in this intimate and atmospheric venue over the weekend. Find out more at

Before You Go

Access: The fort can only be reached on foot.

Parking: There is a charged car park at the quay within a five minute walk of the fort, not managed by English Heritage.

Facilities: There are toilets and places to eat and drink in Dartmouth town.

Please be aware: Do not climb on or jump from the walls 

English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Plan a Great Day Out

Just up the road lies Dartmouth Castle, one of the most beautifully located fortresses in England. It offers a fascinating history, stunning views of the estuary and out to sea, and sits next to a riverside tearoom offering light lunches and snacks.

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