5 romantic things to do in Dartmouth this Winter

Looking for romantic things to do during your holiday in South Devon over the coming weeks and months? The historic maritime town of Dartmouth is the perfect holiday destination for a getaway for two this winter. With its meandering River Dart, beautifully kept Royal Avenue Gardens and quaint cobbled streets, there are numerous romantic things to do, whatever the weather. Here are just some of the highlights to enjoy with your loved one over the coming months.

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Shop Shop Shop

Dartmouth is home to many individual shops and boutiques selling everything from artwork by local artists to clothing and hand bags. Spend a relaxing afternoon mooching between the shops buying presents to take home or treating your loved one to some new gifts. You could even start your Christmas shopping early! Once you are tired of shopping, stop in at one of the many tea rooms for a warming hot chocolate or a delicious Devonshire Cream Tea for two, with warm scones, lashings of clotted cream and homemade jam – one of the most romantic things to do when in South Devon.


Candlelit Dartmouth

Why not plan a visit to the town on 27th-28th November, for the popular event Candlelit Dartmouth. This annual two day celebration includes carols around the Christmas tree with the Britannia Royal Naval College band in the Royal Avenue Gardens, the arrival of Santa by boat, and a mesmerising lantern procession through the town. Great for getting in the festive spirit, browse the stalls with your loved one, with a glass of mulled wine or cider in one hand, and a mince pie in the other… one of many romantic things to do in the lead up to Christmas in Dartmouth.   

Dine out for two

One of the ultimate romantic things to do has to be a candlelit meal for two – book a meal at one of Dartmouth’s popular eateries, like the award-winning restaurant The Seahorse, run by celebrity chef Mitch Tonks. Dine on a feast of locally caught seafood, landed off the Start Bay coastline, before taking a romantic stroll hand-in-hand along the edge of the River Dart. Dartmouth’s famed breakfast establishment Café Alf Resco is also a must when visiting the town. Head down for a delicious champagne breakfast or brunch – whether you opt for smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or something lighter, like homemade granola, you won’t be disappointed. Certainly on the list of romantic things to do, breakfast out is a real treat.

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Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company

Head out with the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company, either for a river cruise or steam train journey, spotting wildlife along the River Dart along the way. There are many other all-weather attractions offering romantic things to do, including a trip to the historic Dartmouth Castle, where you can admire stunning views over a light lunch, or perhaps a tour of Dartmouth museum – test each other on your history knowledge!


Relax with a spa day
Looking for a pampering break? Dartmouth have a number of spas – for those in search of romantic things to do when on holiday, why not book a spa day for two? The Dart Marina Spa have a number of packages, depending on your requirements and treatments, but all include the use of the indoor pool, Jacuzzi and steam room – ideal for unwinding in the company of your partner. 


Of course, there are a number of romantic things to in South Devon that are completely free! Enjoy a walk along the South West Coast Path and admire the breathtaking scenery, or head to one of the secluded unspoilt beaches where you can walk barefoot along the sand. Why not take a picnic blanket and snuggle together whilst watching the sunset on the horizon – surely one of the most romantic things to do!

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