Museums in Dartmouth
Find out how Dartmouth came to be such an important place of English naval and engineering history.
The Story of Dartmouth
Dartmouth Museum in the historic Butterwalk building, houses an extensive collection of artefacts, models, paintings and photographs relating to Dartmouth and its maritime history.
Discover the town’s contribution to D-Day, its World War 2 defences, and all the way back to the 1100’s when Dartmouth was a small harbour village.
The museum is fun for all ages – and adults – and has interactive elements for those who like to learn with their hands.
Birth of the Steam Engine
Did you know Dartmouth is the birth place of the Steam Engine?
Thomas Newcomen was born in Dartmouth, and is known for the invention of the atmospheric steam engine. Dartmouth houses the oldest preserved steam engine in the world – which can be viewed at the Dartmouth Information Centre.
To learn more about Dartmouth – check out our History pages.
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A fascinating museum full of Dartmouth history - Fun for all the family - a great activity - rain or shine.
Under 12's go FREE
The Newcomen Engine House, attached to Dartmouth TIC , houses one of the few surviving 'Atmospheric Engines'. Built in 1720 to Thomas Newcomen's original design, this is the oldest preserved Steam Engine in the world.
One of the most picturesquely-sited 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.