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.
Before You Go
Access: The fort is approximately 50 metres from the road via the South-West coast path, either down steps from Southtown (B3205) or Bayard's Cove Road. It can only be reached on foot.
Opening times: Open daily all year round during day light hours.
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: 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.
Please do not climb on or jump from the walls.
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.