Don't Sit In

Attractions and Local Places to Visit

Can’t sit still during your stay?

We’ve got local attractions and places to visit that might interest you and take you off the beaten track.

Sharpham Wine Vineyard near Totnes, South Hams

Sharpham Vineyard

Sharpham Vineyard is a short taxi ride up the road towards Totnes. You will want to get a taxi to enable you to try their delicious wine and not worry about getting home.

Booking advance via the website for the Vine to Wine- a two-hour guided walk through the vineyard, with tasting of five wines along the way and two cheeses to finish. Once you have finished embracing the local wine pop back in your taxi and head back to Dartmouth.

Dartmouth Castle

Dartmouth Castle is just a short walk from the town centre. You can also drive and park at the castle, but parking is limited. The castle is an English Heritage Site and is a must visit during your stay.

At Dartmouth castle there is a small cafe and the information centre, here you can pay to enter the castle, and visit the gift shop.

Whilst at Dartmouth castle it’s a great place to look out for wildlife that can be seen in the Dart. Some are lucky enough to spy all sorts of wildlife such as cormorants and other birds and even from time to time you can see dolphins.

Bayard’s Cove Fort

On the way to Dartmouth Castle you will pass Bayards Fort from above once, you have seen it from above it is well worth take a look at ground level.

The Tudor Artillery Fort is full of history. It was built between 1522 and 1536 to protect the town from attack. The windows are perfect to sit in and take in the views. Also fantastic for a selfie.

This English heritage site once contained heavy guns to protect the prosperous harbour town from attack.

Burgh Island

Burgh island is the spectacular island you can see from Bigbury or Bantham. Depending on the time of day and tide there are different ways of getting over to burgh island. Walking, Sea Tractor, Paddleboard choose your mode of transport.

Burgh island has more than beautiful view to offer.

The pilchard inn is a great pub with fantastic food.

The island also has a hidden mermaid and that you won’t regret taking a dip in. It’s absolutely a British moment of once you are in its not that bad.