1. South West
  2. Devon
  3. Dartmouth

Attraction Information

One of the most picturesquely sited fortresses in England, for over 600 years Dartmouth Castle has fiercely guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, highly populated port of Dartmouth.

This fascinating complex of defences is full of rich history ideal for academic reports and of curse general military interest: it was begun in 1388 by John Hawley, privateering mayor of Dartmouth and the prototype of the flamboyant 'Shipman' in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Over a century later the townsmen added the imposing and well preserved 'gun tower', thought to be the very first fortification in Britain purpose built to mount 'ship sinking' heavy cannons: eek! Those with no-so-little legs can climb to the top for breathtaking views across the estuary (take a camera!) and see how it could be blocked in wartime by a heavy chain to protect the castle approach!

Unusually incorporating the fine church of St Petrox, the castle saw military action during the Civil War and continued in that service right up until World War II. Successive updating included the Victorian 'Old Battery' with its remounted heavy guns, guardrooms and cool maze of passages to explore! Here a dramatic film sequence recreates a Victorian gun firing and throughout the fortress displays retell over 6 centuries of castle history.

New to Dartmouth? Why not add a little extra charm to your family day out with a peaceful and picturesque river boat trip out to the castle from the town quay, which lands you a mere minute's walk from the castle.

Claim & Manage Attraction ListingTick Icon
Timer Icon

Opening Times

25 March through 30 September

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October through 31 October

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

1 November through 31 March 2017

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Ticket Icon

Pricing & Tickets

Adult: £6.10

Child (5 to 15 years): £3.70

Concession: £5.50

Family: £15.90

Book in advance for cheapest tickets

Find other attractions similar to Dartmouth Castle by visiting our attraction tickets section.

Question Mark Icon


Yes, there is parking nearby.

Pin Icon

Contact Details

Castle Road

Tel: 01803 833588

Visit Website

Dartmouth Castle Reviews

Day Out With The Kids - VIP Pass Advert

Recent blog posts

Cheap Disneyland®Paris Tickets - Image
Jenny OsmondDecember 1, 2023
Cheap Disneyland®Paris Tickets

Disneyland® Paris, also known as Euro Disneyland is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe attracting millions of visitors every year. Similar to its sister parks around the world, Disneyland Paris offers a wide array of enchanting attractions, captivating entertainment, and unforgettable experiences for guests of all ages. To make the most out…

Disneyland Paris
Bubble Planet London Experience - Image
ShivaniDecember 1, 2023
Bubble Planet London Experience

Looking for a fantastic family day out? You have to check out the trending Bubble Planet London Experience! It’s full of colour and bubbles!

Events Near You
Family Fun
Things To Do
Rollerscape Wembley - Image
Jenny OsmondNovember 30, 2023
Rollerscape Wembley

Rollerscape Wembley is not your average entertainment venue. London’s newest pop up experience is perfect for all ages. Whether you are a seasoned skater or a beginner, Rollerscape Wembley promises a fun experience and a chance for some ‘rollerscapism’! Read on the discover what’s on at Rollerscape Wembley…You are in for a treat at Rollerscape…

Indoor Activities and Sport
Things To Do
Best Santas Grottos In London 2023 - Image
ShivaniNovember 30, 2023
Best Santas Grottos In London 2023

Plan a festive day out for all the family with our list of the best Santas Grotto in London! Have a magical time and feel merry and bright!

Things To Do
Things To Do At Christmas
Christmas Presents for Mum - Image
BanitaNovember 21, 2023
Christmas Presents for Mum

Mums are truly special, they take care of us and always make sure we are happy. We want to show you the best Christmas Gifts for your mum during the holiday season.

Retail and Shopping
Things To Do
Disneyland® Paris Rides for Little Kids - Image
ShivaniNovember 28, 2023
Disneyland® Paris Rides for Little Kids

Brushing up on the best Disneyland® Paris rides for kids? From weird and whacky to small thrills too! We have everything here.

Disneyland Paris
Top Recommended Activities
Disneyland® Paris Tickets and Hotel Packages - Image
ShivaniNovember 27, 2023
Disneyland® Paris Tickets and Hotel Packages

On the hunt for the best Disneyland® Paris Tickets and Hotel Packages? We have everything you need all in one place!

Disneyland Paris
Guides And Inspiration
Christmas Cake Recipes - Image
BanitaNovember 21, 2023
Christmas Cake Recipes

We want to show you the best Christmas Cake recipes, which are easy and delicious to eat!

At Home
Cooking, Baking and Other Recipes