Kingswear is a few miles from Brixham and 20-25 minutes from Paignton. After reaching Churston Golf club, go over the bridge, past the garage on your left and then fork left to kingswear. A few mikes further on, take the left turning to Kingswear and wind down a steep road and bear left up toward Kingswear which overlloks the river Dart. Although small it has a number of shops and Pubs and a Marina which services and berths a lot of yachts. Kingswear is also the other terminal for the famous Paignton to Kingswear steam railway.
Oddly Kingswear is not mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Kingston however, located above Kingswear is known from Saxon times with some evidence of Roman influence.
After the invasion and Norman conquest Kingston became part of de Vasci families land and the first mention of Kingswear was around 1170. At this point William de Vinci donated a significantr amount of the estate to the local church part of Brixham parish but under the jurisdiction of Totnes Priory.
Kingswear is well situated and receives more daylight and has better access to reach North, but Dartmouth developed more quickly and extensively. This may be due to the attitude of the local lord of the manor and their relationship with Totnes priory and their influence.
Kingswear however was preferred as a landing place for Pilgrims on their way to the tomb of Thomas à Beckett in Canterbury and this probably gave rise to the dedication of the parish church to St Thomas of Canterbury.
From 1365, from Kittery Point which is the western most tip of Kingswear and nearest to Dartmouth there has been a ferry running and today there are car ferries, upper and lower and a passenger ferry service, which amply supports the steam train. This railway line with connections to Exeter and London arrived in Kingswear in 1864 with the Royal Dart Hotel providing accommodation for passengers waiting to sail to South Africa and elsewhere. This hotel occupied the site of the previous Plume of Feathers Inn and almost next door, across the ferry slipway is the Royal Dart Yacht Club.
KINGSWEAR POST OFFICE. The Square. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 449 . Also provides banking facilities for some major banks
KINGSWEAR VILLAGE STORE. Fore Street. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 291
KINGSWEAR BEARS & FRIENDS. 2a The Square. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 632 www.kingswearbears.com
DARTHAVEN MARINA CHANDLERY. Marina offices. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 733 www.darthaven.co.uk
BRUNEL BUFFET Kingswear Station, The Square. Open during train times
NONSUCH HOUSE Church Hill. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 829 www.nonsuch-house.co.uk
ROYAL DART HOTEL. The Square. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 213
ROYAL DART YACHT CLUB, members only. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 272
SHIP INN. Higher Street. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 348
STEAM PACKET, Fore Street. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 208 firstname.lastname@example.org
ZANNE’S BISTRO, Fore Street. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 294
THE PICNIC BOAT Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 625 www.thepicnicboat.co.uk
PLACES TO STAY
NONSUCH HOUSE Church Hill. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752829
GROVE LODGE FARM Broad Road. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752649
COLETON BARTON FARM, Brownstone Road. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752795
RADDICOMBE LODGE, Kingswear Road, Hillhead. Tel: +44 (0) 1803 882125
OVERSTEPS HOUSE, Brixham Road, Kingswear Tel: +44 (0) 1803 752 397