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After you have explored the castle, you can visit a riverside tea room for light lunches and snacks.

Walkers will love the coastal and woodland walks around the castle where you can spot plenty of wildlife and birds.

The Newcomen Engine House, beside the Tourist Information Centre in Dartmouth, houses an original early Newcomen engine dating from about 1725.

One of the most beautifully located fortresses in England.

For over 600 years Dartmouth Castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth.

Here a dramatic film sequence recreates a Victorian gun-firing, and throughout the fortress displays retell the six centuries of castle history.

* Journey through 600 years of history, from medieval times to World War II * Stunning views of the River Dart & Discover the sights and sounds of a fully recreated gun deck * OPENING TIMES AND PRICES 1st Apr - 30 Jun Daily 10-5pm 1 Jul - 31 Aug Daily 10-6pm 1-30 Sep Daily 10-5pm 1 Oct - 4th Nov Daily 10-4pm 5th Nov - 28th Mar Sat and Sun 10-4pm 24-26 Dec and 1st Jan Closed 1 mile SE of Dartmouth on the B3205, narrow approach road.

The Newcomen engine was a giant step forward in the history of engineering, and led in due course to the Industrial Revolution.

About a century later the townsmen added the imposing and well-preserved 'gun tower', probably the very first fortification in Britain purpose-built to mount 'ship-sinking' heavy cannon.

Climb to the top for breathtaking views across the estuary and see how it could be blocked in wartime by a heavy chain.

Unusually incorporating the fine church of St Petrox, the castle saw action during the Civil War, and continued in service right up until the Second World War.

Successive up-dating included the Victorian ' Old Battery' with its remounted heavy guns, guardrooms and maze of passages to explore.