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The Royal Navy Town

Aug 18, 2007
Dartmouth, is on the banks of the River Dart It is a major tourist destination.

The Mayflower left here for America in 1620, an event recorded on a stone. The town has a naval history, and is the home of the Royal Navy College. The naval heritage is preserved in the Britannia Royal Naval College. The college has trained officers of the Royal Navy since 1905

Most of the town is built of half timbered houses dating from the Elizabethan times

Foss Street is a pedestrianised precinct with many small specialist shops and cafes on it. Fairfax Place is another one of the main shopping streets.

The biggest event is the Annual Royal Regatta. This takes place at the end of August and attracts a huge amount of visitors from all over the world. It is a three day event with a carnival atmosphere. Dart Marina, is at the heart of the regatta.

Strete Gate lies at the northern end of the long shingle expanse of Slapton Sands. There is a small wood land walk here as well. Blackpool sands is a beautiful place, stunning landscape, clean with a good out door cafe open practically all year round and there are gas heaters out side.

Blackpool Gardens is a beautifully restored 19th century plants mans garden. It has breathtaking coastal views and a collection of rare and exotic trees, shrubs and ferns and many from the Southern Hemisphere. A regular winner of the Britain in Bloom competition, Dartmouth boasts many unusual and exotic blooms in its gardens.

The History of The Old Market, an unusual building opened in 1828. Markets are still held here on Fridays and Tuesdays. It was the place to which farmers brought their livestock and other produce to sell in exchange for goods made in the town or brought in by sea. It is the setting for the annual Fatstock Show in December. The whole area retains its 19th century charm.

Journey through 600 years from medieval times to WWII. Stunning views of the River Dart at Dartford castle. The castle was built on a rocky promontory overlooking the mouth of the River Dart. The original fortress begun in the 14th century but most of the building was carried out during the 15th century. It is the earliest surviving English coastal castle specifically designed for artillery. It consists of a square and a round tower built next two each other to fit the shape of the rock.
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Douglas Scott works for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Dartmouth Rental Site
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