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Dartmouth, United Kingdom Cruise Port

If visiting a town with both historic and literary roots makes your heart beat faster, then the cruise port of Dartmouth, England in the United Kingdom is the stuff that dreams are made of. Located within Devon County on the River Dart, this popular tourist destination lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (not just historic, but also scenic). The 13th century records Smith Street as its earliest road; Dartmouth was also used as a sailing point for the Crusades, a home of the Royal Navy during the reign of Edward III, and a subject for Geoffrey Chaucer to discuss in the Canterbury Tales. Not bad for an area of about 5,000 people. With plenty of artifacts to explore, traditional regatta boat races, fun fairs, and a castle, a trip here has something for everyone. Here are some of our favorite experiences while cruising to Dartmouth, England:
 
  • Coleton Fishacre consists of 24 acres of garden and house in the Arts and Crafts style, built as a country home for Rupert D'Oyly Carte and his wife Lady Dorothy Carte to escape busy London. The inside features an Art Deco style popular in the 1920s, while the gardens – which extend all the way to the seaside – feature exotic plants that can grow in the tropical climate found here.
     
  • A more than 600-year-old fortress, Dartmouth Castle guards the entrance to the Dart Estuary and provides excellent views of the sea. In addition to exploring the castle, nature lovers can enjoy the walks around the castle to spot wildlife and birds.
     
  • Billed as "one of the finest natural harbors in the UK," the Dart is a busy port for boats. Visitors also love to visit the shops, watch the ferries, or sit back and enjoy some fish and chips followed by tea and scones with clotted cream.
     
  • A stunning beach, Blackpool Sands is the perfect place to relax. The water is tested by the Environment Agency for cleanliness, and there are plenty of facilities for swimming, kayaking, and wet suit rentals. For beachwear or something to nosh, nearby shops can accommodate both needs.
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