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The ancient town and deepwater port of Dartmouth has to be one of Devon's main tourist attractions.
Dartmouth is set in a picture book location, on the picturesque River Dart, with steep wooded hillsides on either side. Dartmouth's main Embankment runs along the length of the town, from the New Quay - built on reclaimed land towards the historic Bayard's Cove. The Embankment provides visitors with a pleasant and relaxing promenade to stroll down - admiring the sights of the busy estuary or to select from the many boat trips that depart from the waters edge.
The main road never reach down into Dartmouth, protecting the character of the town and helping to retain the historic atmosphere of Dartmouth's narrow streets and buildings. Dartmouth's oldest building, The Cherub Pub ( c1380), in Higher Street, and Agincourt House at Lower Ferry, are both examples of 14th century buildings that have survived in the town.
Dartmouth offers the visitor a stunning array of bistros, restaurants, boutiques and specialist shops. All lining Dartmouth's narrow streets with their long flights of winding steps and intriguing medieval buildings.
The Butterwalk, with its timber framed arcade was built in 1635-40. This impressive fašade was damaged by bombs during 1943, but it has now been fully restored.
Historic River Bank and Bayard's Cove
For nearly 1000 years, sailors have set out all over the world from this ancient harbour. The Norman's used Darmouth as a trading port with their homeland across the English Channel - and the Crusaders, led by Richard the Lionheart, set sail from Dartmouth. Both the second and Third crusades assembled and departed from Dartmouth's riverside quays.
The Cobbled Bayards Cove has changed little since 1539. imparting the best impression of just how a cobbled River Bank Quay used to look.
The Cove featured regularly in the Television series The Onedin Line. At the southern end of Bayard's Cove is a small fortification. The artillery fort was built by Dartmouth Corporation in 1510 to provide additional protection to the harbour.
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