Dartmouth Castle

The fort was begun in 1481 by the merchants of Dartmouth in a bid to protect their homes and deep-water anchorage. Altered and extended in the 16C and 18C, it commands excellent views of the sea and the estuary. It was the first castle in England to have a defensive system designed especially for the use of firearms. The gun ports are splayed on the inside to allow an optimum view without the opening being too wide.

Useful information

Address:

Castle Road, TQ6 0JN Dartmouth

Phone:

+44 1803 833588

Price:

6.10 £ (children 3.70 £)

Opening hours

end Mar-Sep: daily. 10am-6pm; Oct 10am-6pm; Nov-Mar: weekends 10am-4pm

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