Living in Dartmouth

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Attractions / Things to do in the area

Choosing what to do next is the only problem with discovering things to do in Dartmouth. Sail, fish, explore on the water, or visit at Regatta or music festival time.  Come along in May and join in the fun of the Dart Music Festival.

Depart from Kingswear station on a ‘Round Robin’ trip, and travel along a stunning stretch of coastline and countryside, on board a steam train, foot passenger ferry, river cruise and vintage bus.

Visit English Heritage’s Dartmouth Castle for a special event or climb to the top for a breath taking view across the estuary and discover how the waterway was once blocked by a heavy chain in wartime.

Visit National Trust properties Coleton Fishacre and Greenway; the beloved holiday home of the famous and much admired queen of crime, Agatha Christie.  And don’t forget the South West Coast Path for the more energetic or the many exceptional local beaches, Blackpool Sands being a fine example.

For theatre, music, art and cinema, the lively Flavel Centre situated in the heart of the town offers all of these, or have a break and sample home cooked food in the Flavel Arts Café.

About the Area

Dartmouth is known as the jewel of the South Hams. With the sun glinting on the river Dart estuary and busy boat life, you would be hard pressed to find anywhere prettier.  The steep hills sheltering this historic harbour are decked with pastel coloured homes, running down to the town centre, characterised by ancient narrow streets and medieval buildings. Being a vibrant working town, Tudor and Stuart buildings house a wealth of boutique shops, boat chandlers, art galleries, delicatessens, French patisseries, inns and fabulous restaurants.  Local restaurateurs are spoilt for choice and can source local produce from Farmers markets held in a cobbled market to fresh fish off the boat from Brixham Bay.  

History

With all the maritime history evident in Dartmouth, such as the commanding Britannia Royal Naval College, where generations of Naval officers have been trained, it’s easy to imagine the important role this excellent deep water naval port played through the ages.  Dartmouth harbour not only saw the arrival of Sir Walter Raleigh’s captured Spanish treasure ships, but in 1620 saw the departure of the Pilgrim Fathers as they set sail in the ‘Mayflower’ for Plymouth and then the Americas.

Statistics

Schooling is provided by Dartmouth Academy an all-through Academy that caters for 3 to 19 year olds. Because of this 'all-throughness', it has three distinct Stages of education: Springboard (Nursery to Year 4), Gateway (Year 5-9) and Pathways (Year 9-13).

Since it began as an Academy in September 2010, it has been aiming to create the best school in the South Hams, by concentrating on good teaching practice and creating the best environment to support and accelerate children’s learning.

The recent Ofsted inspection and GCSE results (93% of students achieving five A*-C grades) show how well it has done in turning around education in Dartmouth and bringing standards up.

In 2014 the school moved into a beautiful brand new £8.5m building which incorporates the latest in new learning and communication techonolgies. With the new building, it can provide fantastic venue spaces for all sorts of uses.

Transport Information

Dartmouth is approximately 12 miles from Totnes; the turning taken when leaving the A38 and travelling south. The nearest main line train station with direct service to London is Totnes as is the nearest National Express departure point.

Dartmouth comprises the main town and the rural areas of Blackawton, Dittisham, Kingswear, Stoke Fleming and Strete.

Dartmouth is a major tourist destination set on the banks of the estuary of the River Dart.

Historically Dartmouth was of great importance as a deep-water port for sailing vessels. The town is dominated by the Royal Navy Officer Training College

Population

As a whole, Dartmouth has a much higher proportion of group J (Independent older people with relatively active lifestyles) in comparison to the area covered by Devon County Council. This accounts for approximately 44% of Mosaic Groupings and is the most prominent group in the area

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