Dartmouth is in a stunning location…sitting at the mouth of the River Dart in the heart of the South Hams and surrounded by steep wooded hillsides. But believe it or not, getting there isn’t too onerous a trip. Devon has excellent transport connections to the rest of the country and you’ll soon be sipping fizz on the deck or dining alfresco on the embankment.
Flying to Dartmouth
Fly into Exeter or Bristol airports. You can fly into Exeter from Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Dublin, Belfast City, Jersey, Isles of Scilly and numerous European cities. Pick up a hire car and drive to Dartmouth, about 45 miles. Arrive at Bristol airport (108 miles) and pick up a hire car or get the train from Bristol to Totnes then get a taxi to Dartmouth.
Driving to Dartmouth
Dartmouth is easy to reach by road, with both the M5 and A30 bringing you to Exeter ready to link to the A38 which runs between Exeter and Plymouth. So an easy journey whether you’re driving down from Wales, the Midlands or the North and a straightforward trip from the M25 onto the M3 and joining the A303 which takes you past Stonehenge. Once on the A38 towards Plymouth, take the Totnes slip road onto the A384. After Totnes follow the A381/A3122 to Dartmouth. The drive from London will take around 4.5 hours depending on traffic and from Bristol, around 2 hours.
Dartmouth by Train
Totnes is the nearest railway station with regular trains from Birmingham, London Paddington, the North and Wales arriving at Totnes train station. Your journey will take just over three hours from London Paddington. It’s easy to pick up a taxi at Totnes station, then it’s about a 30-minute ride to Dartmouth… you can of course catch the ferry from Totnes for a relaxing trip along the River Dart to Dartmouth.
If you’re taking the train, it’s sometimes hard to grab a cab at the station especially if you’re travelling with young children with lots of bags. By the time you’re at the taxi rank you may find the cabs have all been taken! We recommend booking your taxi in advance to be sure you’re not left hanging around. You should expect to pay around £26 for the trip.