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Dartmouth is a popular town on the south Devon coast about 20km from Bideford, and within the north Devon AONB..
Very well established on the local tourist trail, the village is entirely privately owned - and a small entrance charge is payable. The village is not accessible to cars - access is on foot via the steep cobbled street that leads down through the village and to the harbour (a taxi service is also available to the harbour using four-wheeled-drive vehicles).
The houses in the village are of traditional design for a fishing village of the region, although very little fishing is now caried out from the harbour here, and many date from as early as the 16th century. A lot of effort is made to preserve the historical authenticity of Dartmouth for visitors and for the future.
There are numerous attractive houses lining the main street - although you might find yourself staring at your feet instead if the cobbles are wet! During the summer an extra burst of colour is provided by the flowers that blossom on many of the houses. Within the picturesque village there are also a sprinkling of shops - predominantly tourist / gift shops - and a pub (by the harbour) and cafe.
At the top of the hill you can learn the history of the village in the visitor centre - and your children can enjoy a donkey ride. You will also see donkeys ambling through the village - the donkeys were the traditional means for carrying goods and people down the steep street into the village (nowadays sledges are used) and have now become a tourist attraction themselves!
A visit to Dartmouth is highly recommended (although there is restricted access for those in wheelchairs and with limited mobility, due to the steepness of the village).
Map of Dartmouth and places to visit
Dartmouth places to visit
See more places nearby in the Devon guide