Our picturesque corner of South Devon is adorned by serene outdoor spaces that will take your breath away. While the waterside offers a restful escape, the town itself buzzes with life, striking a perfect balance for all manner of days out.
Discover the best of both worlds at the Royal Castle Hotel. From golden beaches and nature trails to family attractions and colourful festivals, here are some of the highlights worth checking off during your visit.
The location of this fortress paints a picture straight out of a fairy tale. For more than six-hundred years, Dartmouth Castle has cast an imposing shadow over the narrow entrance to Dart Estuary and its nearby port.
Today, this impressive landmark is a popular English Heritage property that’s a hit with locals and tourists alike. There’s plenty to see and do within the castle walls. You can make your even more special by making the journey from the town quay up to the castle by boat. It’s dog friendly and perfect for family adventures.
This National Trust gem is a 1920s retreat complete with luxuriant garden by the sea. Travel back in time to the flamboyant lifestyle of the Jazz Age and marvel at an Art Deco elegance that radiates from room to room.
Coleton Fishacre is the former country home of the D'Oyly Carte family. To this day, it serves as a fascinating example of ‘upstairs and downstairs’ living from a bygone era.
Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens
Known as Devon’s best-kept secret, this garden covers 43 acres of the wonderfully secluded Strawberry Valley. In fact, there are two valleys here that meet at right angles. You’ll find a restful lake, ponds, streams, and a stretch of the River Black.
The hillsides have wide contoured grass paths at all levels and feature an array of acid-loving plants. Alive with an abundance of wildlife and the restful sound of trickling water, this charming destination is a must for those seeking a slower pace.
Woodlands Family Theme Park
Devon’s largest theme park promises a fun-filled day out for the whole family. This vibrant attraction has something for all ages. The indoor play area, which is possibly the biggest of its kind in the South West, is sure to keep little ones occupied for hours on end. Then there’s the excitement of the water rides, a zoo farm, and much more. Come rain or shine, Woodlands Family Theme Park is a sure bet for an action-packed experience.
Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat company
The magic of steam travel captures the hearts of all those who ride along this scenic railway, which runs all the way from Torquay to Totnes. Grab your seat and soak up the views as either the coal-fired paddle steamer or one of the vintage steam engines gently chugs to your chosen destination.
What’s more, the fun doesn’t stop once the train returns to the station. There are plenty of fine boat trips to be had along the river. Why not make a day of it and complete the full round-trip that crosses from land to water and back again?
Dartmouth is a renowned coastal haven. There’s arguably no better way to experience this cherished part of the county by getting in or on the water. Being a sailing port, you’ll find bobbling boats and ships of all sizes in and around the harbour. Why not take a tour along the river or out to sea?
For those seeking something a little more physical, there are several places where paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and the like can be hired. You can even take the full plunge with a spot of wild swimming. Our slice of South Devon is wonderfully peaceful and sheltered, so you can enjoy the waters safely.