Dartmouth Castle
Dartmouth Castle
Situated at the head of the River Dart across from the town of Dartmouth is Dartmouth Castle. The castle was built after Edward IV offered 30 pounds a year "for ever" to the town burgesses if they would erect a "tower with a chain sufficient in length and strength to stretch across the mouth of the haven". The burgesses agreed to the bargain, and proceeded to create the first English castle built with artillery in mind.

The castle was begun in 1388 and not finished until about 1403. Only one round tower survives, with a section of wall and a deep moat. Exhibitions on the site trace the history of the castle.

Dartmouth Castle, which is now in the care of English Heritage, can be reached by a pedestrian-only ferry from the town between Easter and the end of October. Aside from its historical interest, it is popular as a picnic spot.

For more images of the castle site, see our Dartmouth Castle Photo Gallery

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About Dartmouth
Address: Castle Road, Dartmouth, Devon, England, TQ6 0JN
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: 1 m SE Dartmouth, off B3205
Website: Dartmouth
Phone: 01803 833 588
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
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OS: SX884504
Photo Credit: Joanne Davies, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence

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