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During the Second World War the Royal Dart Hotel became HMS Cicala and headquarters of the British 15th Destroyer Flotilla.[8] Journeys were made from there to the northern beaches of Brittany, landing agents and equipment for the French Resistance and bringing back escaping allied soldiers and airmen. The Free French Navy operated motor launches and motor torpedo boats from Kingswear and was based in Brookhill, a large house dating from about 1820 on the outskirts of the village.[3]

Kingswear is a village and civil parish in the South Hams area of the English county of Devon. The village is located on the east bank of the tidal River Dart, close to the river's mouth and opposite the small town of Dartmouth. It lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has a population of 1,332,[1] reducing to 1,217 at the 2011 census.[2]

Our 250 boat marina is in a glorious location in the South West at Kingswear, Dartmouth, Devon – within the beautiful Dart Harbour.

House and twenty-four acre National Trust garden in a stream-fed valley set within the spectacular scenery of the Heritage Coast. Created by Lady Dorothy D'Oyly Carte between 1925 and 1940.

Join this magical evening torchlit sponsored walk along the South West Coast Path around Coleton Fishacre and Froward Point as part of the South West Coast Path Challenge . Booking essential

Kingswear On the east bank of the River Dart, Kingswear’s buildings rise up steeply from the river. Just a few hundred metres over the water there are delightful winding streets, friendly pubs, and wonderful views. Take the car or passenger ferry over the river to Dartmouth or go back in time on the steam train to Paignton. This is also a good starting point for either walking along the coast or discovering the Dart Valley Trail.

Note: the prices marked * denote one way by paddle steamer, one way by another of our vessels

Originally built in the 1880’s as a home for a wealthy West Country family and with a colourful and interesting history, Kingswear Park Club’s sunny hilltop position on the Eastern bank of the River Dart commands unrivalled views over what must be “glorious” Devon’s most superb panorama.

The paddle steamer Kingswear Castle is the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in operation in the UK today. She was built in 1924 at Philip & Son of Dartmouth and plied her trade between Totnes and Dartmouth until 1965 (her engines are even older, dating back to 1904, eight years before the sinking of the Titanic). In her heyday when this impressive ship was the life blood of the river Dart, she could carry almost 500 passengers.

Please note: there is no 12:00 sailing on Sunday 24th July

The 630-mile (1,010 km) long South West Coast Path crosses from Dartmouth on the ferry and then follows the coast around towards Brixham.

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Close to Paignton is the long, sandy stretch of Goodrington Sands. With a Seaside Award,...

The total number of wheelchairs permitted on board is at the discretion of the Master of the vessel and will vary depending upon the weather and the vessel's location.

The Royal Dart Yacht Club is based in Kinswear and during the yearly Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta you will find many splendid yachts and marine craft berthed at Kingswear.

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In 2007 the village briefly figured in the national press when the parish council co-opted British National Party member Peter Pirnie as a councillor. He resigned after a row broke out over his party affiliation.[9]

By 1365 a ferry was operating from Kittery Point, the westernmost tip of Kingswear, to Dartmouth. In 1636, settlers sailed from here to the mouth of the Piscataqua River in North America to found the town now known as Kittery, Maine.[3]

Disabled customers are welcomed on board, but for safe access a small degree of mobility is needed by everyone.

The first passenger steam boat service was introduced on the Clyde in 1812 and it wasn't until 1836 that the South Hams greeted its first estuary passenger steamer. Prior to this, goods were transported via pack horse or carters wagon. The arrival of the railways in the mid 1800's challenged their survival and at that point they became more reliant on the tourism trade.

We are unique in offering combined steam railway, bus and boat adventures (river and sea) for days out in South Devon. Try our award winning Round Robin circular tour - it’s a great full day excursion!

The English Heritage castle is the focal point of the town, standing as a legacy to the...

The decision was taken to return the KC to her home waters and 2012 and she now runs Dartmouth River Cruises and cruises between Dartmouth and Totnes, meaning passengers can now journey on her as part of the famous Round Robin excursion. So, this award winning circular tour has just got even better! The all inclusive ticket includes a steam train ride, a bus journey, connecting ferry and river cruise on the beautiful river Dart on the paddle steamer Kingswear Castle.

The Kingswear Castle was built in 1924 and has been lovingly restored to her former glory, she has flush decks and wheelchair friendly gangways but her toilets are below decks and are not DDA compliant. If you are concerned please call us on 01803 555872. 

The village itself contains several small tourist-oriented shops and public houses, and is home to the Royal Dart Yacht Club. Kingswear Castle, a privately owned 15th century artillery tower is situated on the outskirts. Kingswear also contains the Church of St Thomas, which is a member of the Anglican Diocese of Exeter and whose patron saint is Saint Thomas of Canterbury.

Keen walkers are well provided for given that the South West Coast Path, Britain’s longest national trail running 630 miles from Minehead to Poole passes through Kingswear. Walkers can cross by Ferry to Dartmouth and follow the trail westwards or turn east towards Brixham and take in Forward Point, Greenway Gardens and Man Sands en-route. More modest yet just as scenic is the Dart Valley trail a 4 ½ half mile walk from Kingswear to Greenway.

At the very start of the long coastal bar that stretches to Torcross and beyond is this...

Enjoy cocktails and canapés on the bowling lawn as the jazz band perform from the Loggia, and soak up the beautiful surroundings of the D'Oyly Carte's 1920s summer home on this special evening of elegance and music.

Note: the paddle steamer will NOT be running after 17th September. All services from 18th September to 26th October have been withdrawn.

Superb stretch of golden sand and shingle in a sheltered, unspoilt bay with turquoise...


Church and parish information, service times and contact details for St Thomas of Canterbury, Kingswear in the Church of England Diocese of Exeter.

As of the year 2001, the parish had a population of 1,332. The equivalent figures for 1801 and 1901 are 300 and 841, and the figure for 2001 is the highest census return over the last 200 years.[10]

Seaviews by the coast midway Dartmouth/Kingswear & Brixham. Close to National Trust properties - Greenway & Coleton Fishacre, coast path, beaches & coves.All rooms have a sea or country views. Car Park - Licenced - Breakfast Award - Dog...

There are three ferries between Kingswear and Dartmouth. A car and foot passenger ferry embarks from the slipway and there is also a passenger ferry running from a nearby pontoon. There is also another Car and Passenger ferry: the Higher Ferry, this is reached via a road that bypasses Kingswear village.

Of the last three, the Totnes Castle sank whilst being towed to Plymouth, the Compton Castle became a floating restaurant at Kingsbridge and was then moved to Truro (where her hull survives to this day) leaving the Kingswear Castle to be saved by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.

In 1864 the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway reached Kingswear, providing connections to Exeter and London. The line became part of the Great Western Railway in 1876. The planned extension across the river to Dartmouth never took place, and instead rail passengers used a railway-owned ferry. The Royal Dart Hotel was constructed adjacent to the station, and provided accommodation for passengers waiting to sail to overseas destinations.[3][5]

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