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“Fab family trip!”

Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle
Ranked #2 of 11 Tours in Dartmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The paddle steamer Kingswear Castle is the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in operation in the UK today. She was built in 1924 at Philip & Son of Dartmouth. The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society spent 15 years fully restoring her to her former glory offering river trips on the Medway from 1985. In late 2012, she returned to the home waters of the River Dart after an absence of 47 years.
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Fab family trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

We sailed on the Kingswear Castle this afternoon and it was lovely. We had 2 children with us and they were thoroughly ntertained anc almbeed all over the ship. The commentary was friendly and informative and the weather almost perfect. Can thoroughly recommend this!

Visited May 2014
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West Midlands
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105 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Lovely trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

A beautiful way to explore the area of Dartmouth from the water. Very informative guide & a beautiful boat to travel on.

Visited April 2014
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“great sale”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014

As a paddle steamer Waverley fan have looked forward to a trip on the kingswear Castle and was not disappointed.She looked great in the sunshine and the sail was perfect. If you have not sailed on a paddler before and your in Dartmouth take the sail you will not be disappointed.

Visited April 2014
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London
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“"trip round the lighthouse"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014

Well - no actual lighthouse but a short trip out the estuary and then back a little way up the river. Only 1.5 hours but sheer joy. We had a sunny day which helps! Even went for a glass of wine as we stood on the foredeck watching the view and listening to the pleasant commentary. Great fun and worth the price.

Visited April 2014
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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Don't miss this unique experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Don't think you have to be a steam nut to enjoy this unique paddle steamer. The moment you get the whiff of the steam and hot oil it's contagious! The top choice should be the run upstyream to Totnes and marvel at how this grand old lady is handled by it's crew. Of course, you can take a plethora of boat trips up and down river but KC's experience stands head and shoulders above all else as a floating maritime museum still working for its living. And don't think you are going on some rusty relic - the ship is in top order with all amenties. Don't miss it!

Visited September 2013
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