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Royal Avenue Gardens

Introduction

Royal Avenue Gardens, together with the harbour, quay and the best group of 17th-century buildings in Devon, produce a most picturesque townscape.

Visitor Facilities

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Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

This is a municipal park for general public use.

Owners

South Hams District Council

Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 5NE
History

Royal Avenue Gardens, together with the harbour, quay and the best group of 17th-century buildings in Devon, produce a most picturesque townscape. Traditionally, the park plays an important part in the Dartmouth Regatta celebrations.

The garden's historic features include a cast iron bandstand, a triple-tier stone fountain built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, war memorials and statuary, with pleasantly planted shrubs and floral displays. Trees provide shade for the weary visitor.

In 1963, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth locally of Thomas Newcomen, a surviving example of his atmospheric steam engine was erected where visitors could see it working, and a plaque was provided in the gardens.

In the early 1990s South Hams District Council carried out a comprehensive paving scheme to enhance the setting of the bandstand and fountain, at a cost of £110,000. This provided an improved axial link to the nearby Butterwalk.

Features & Designations

Designations

  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • Conservation Area

Features

  • Bandstand
  • Fountain
  • Description: A triple-tier stone fountain.
  • Earliest Date:
  • Latest Date:
Key Information

Type

Urban Park

Purpose

Public Park

Principal Building

Public Park

Survival

Extant

Open to the public

Yes

Civil Parish

Dartmouth

References

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