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Dartmouth Heritage Tour
The Highlights:
  • 1-2 Hour walk accompanied by our Dartmouth Town Guides
  • The Tour starts at our Visitor Centre home of the Newcommen Engine. The Newcomen Memorial Engine can be seen operating here, where it was moved in 1963 by the Newcomen Society from the Griff Colliery near Coventry where it was originally installed in around 1725.
  • Experience a town full of Independent Cafes and Galleries
  • A guided walk around the streets and buildings of Dartmouth, taking in the Old Market Square. Set in the curtilage of a nostalgically attractive listed building, formally the Market Courthouse, surrounded by retail units, which, with the existing shops, stalls and eateries, provide an eclectic mix of goods that really can boast has something for everyone with gifts to take home for yourself or your family and even your pets.
  • The perfect stop for a classic Devon Cream Tea
  • The Glorious St Saviours Church, considered to be one of the best 100 churches in England, featuring in Simon Jenkins' 'England's Thousand Best Churches' and Tod Gray's 'Devon's Fifty Best Churches'.  
  • Find out about the Mayflower story at historical Bayard’s Cove with one of Dartmouth Mayflower 400’s official Tour guides
  • Plenty of instagrammable moments on your tour around this amazing coastal town
The Guided Tour
Dartmouth is one of Devon’s hidden gems, a ‘piece of heaven in Devon’ and is steeped in maritime history dating back a thousand years. It has featured in the Crusades, the triangular trade with America and Europe, was the location of the Speedwell repairs when sailing alongside the Mayflower to The New World, and latterly it played an important role the Second World War. Much of this history can be seen and learned from your walk around this historic town. Step back in time and experience the parts of Dartmouth for which time has stood still.
Dartmouth Guided History Tours offer a 1 to 2 hour walking tour of Dartmouth around the most important buildings and places, all within a comfortable walking distance. Meeting at the Museum we will head to the Visitor Centre where the Tour starts.  Although there are believed to be over 10,000 steps in Dartmouth, we do not go up any, only down a few. The route is all on the flat and is wheelchair friendly and families and dog walkers are all welcome.
Your guide is Dartmouth's long standing and award-winning town crier, Les,  accompanied by his wife and consort Liz, dressed in their 18th Century Regalia. Les is supported by a small team of local town guides who all share their personal stories of life in Dartmouth. ‘Good to go’ Certified with Covid-safe protocols in place.
Tour Duration
1 - 2 hours
Cost
From £8 per person
Min. 2 and Max. 20 group size
Delivered By
Les Ellis and the Dartmouth Town Guides
Telephone: 01803 845501
Email: groups@discoverdartmouth.com
Website: https://discoverdartmouth.com/attraction/dartmouth-guided-history-tours