Historic Towns

The South Hams has some wonderful towns to visit including the yachting meccas of Dartmouth and Salcombe and historic market towns such as Totnes and Kingsbridge.


Historic naval town, where the Mayflower departed for the USA and the Royal Naval College is situated.

Dartmouth is a 10 minute drive away and provides access to all watersports and water based activities. Great for a day out, the town has a thriving restaurant scene, good shopping and boat trips to explore the Dart can be taken from here (including “Greenway” – Agatha Christie’s home on the Dart now run by The National Trust). In addition the Steam Train and Ferries provide access to attractions across the Estuary.

The town is host to Arts, Comedy and Music Festivals, Food Festival, Dartmouth Regatta and Classic Boat and Sailing events.  Fishing trips can be organised from here too. The town also has good tennis courts available to the public.

Visit the Dartmouth TIC Website



Kingsbridge is a lovely old town with good high street shopping.  There are also some great pubs like the Creek’s end or the Crabshell.

There’s also a nice old cinema and great indoor Leisure Centre with 25 metre pool, gym and sports facilities.

Two big annual events in the town are the Music Festival, held during June and Fair Week, by tradition in July.

Boat trips to Salcombe can be taken from here.

Visit the Kingsbridge TIC Website


At the other end of the navigable Dart sits the ancient town of Totnes.

Totnes is a unique town with a high street proud of its independent traders and boutiques and it’s ‘alternative’ culture.  There are plenty of lively cafes and restaurants and even a couple of micro-breweries.   Friday and Saturday are market days.

Close to Totnes is the Dartington Hall Estate which has long been a supporter of the arts and sustainable living practices.   Just down-river is the Sharpham vineyard & cheese dairy.

Totnes is a 25 minute drive away and provides access to the River Dart and its creeks.

Visit the Totnes TIC Website


The most southerly town in Devon, Salcombe has it all – beautiful harbour, lovely sandy beaches, great restaurants, cafes and pubs and some exclusive shops.

Aside from two great beaches – North & South Sands – you can also cross the estuary to East Portlemouth for more golden sand.

Why not visit the the National Trust property of Overbecks with its eclectic collections and exotic garden.  There’s also some stunning coastline to be explored here.

Visit the Salcombe TIC Website

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