Bayard's Cove Fort

Fort built in the early 16th century

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Bayard's Cove Fort built by the borough of Dartmouth between 1522 and 1536, contained heavy guns to protect the prosperous harbour town from attack. It was the last line of defence against enemy ships that had eluded Dartmouth and Kingswear castles and the iron chain stretched across the Dart estuary between them.

Occupying a terrace cut from the rocky river bank, Bayard’s Cove Fort is picturesquely sited at the entrance to Dartmouth harbour.

Access: The fort can only be reached on foot.

Parking: There is a charged car park at the quay within a five minute walk of the fort, not managed by English Heritage.

Facilities: There are toilets and places to eat and drink in Dartmouth town.


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  • Bayards Cove
  • Dartmouth
  • Devon
  • TQ6 9AX


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