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Surrounded by sparkling waters, Dartmouth is one of the most beautifully located fortresses in England. For over 600 years, the castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth. It offers stunning views and provides a great family day out, whatever the weather.
The seaside castle has plenty for explorers – young and old, such as an atmospheric Gun Tower, winding passages and a climb to the top of the battlements. And if the weather is fine, you can catch a river boat from the town quay, landing you a minute's walk away from the entrance. Walkers will also love the coastal and woodland walks around the castle, where you can spot plenty of wildlife and birds.
Discover the story of John Hawley – inspiration for the flamboyant 'Shipman' in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Climb to the top for splendid views over Dartmouth town
Explore the lower floor where a harbour chain would have been stretched across the estuary
Take a ferry boat ride to or from the castle – perfect for wildlife spotting
Enjoy a home-made cream tea in the sunshine while you watch the boats drift by