Dartmouth is popular with both holiday visitors and those visiting for the day from the region. Even in the winter months, the weekends can be busy in the centre.
Most of the shops are local or niche chains – the only high street names are a small branch of Boots, then Somerfield and Marks & Spencer food shops. Instead there are a great range of art galleries, fashion outlets and quality gift shops. Walking around the centre, there seems to be a shop for everything from marine supplies to fine wines and a choice of hand crafted jewellery boutiques.
Over the past few years, Dartmouth has attracted a number of fashion brands including Joules, Fat Face and Weird Fish, to complement the established independent shops such as Posh Totti and House of Hawkins.
Head down Lower Street to Paul Barclay’s Nautical Voyages where you can buy prints and home goods in his unique style of illustration. Also along this road you can find Gifts for Gentlemen, a treasure trove of unusual items.
In the other direction, head up Victoria Road to discover cobbled streets with fascinating boutiques selling a wide range of gifts and treats for all ages and tastes. Here you will find the market square, dating from the 1820’s and selling fresh produce, hardware, children’s goods and much more every Tuesday and Friday.
There are a wide range of cafes in Dartmouth, some prominent, some down narrow cobbled streets, so it’s really a case of exploring and seeing what you can discover. For supermarkets, there are a Somerfield and Marks and Spencer food stores in town, and a larger Sainsburys at the top of town with easier out of town parking.
Further afield, Dartmouth is relatively far away from larger shopping centres; Plymouth is 45 minutes away by car with the new Drakes Circus and historic quarter down by the water. The attractive market towns of Ashburton, Kingsbridge, and Buckfastleigh are all closer by, but slightly smaller than Dartmouth in terms of the range of shops, but all with their own personality and character so worth a visit.