The Boatfloat is an inland harbour for small craft, and is bounded by shops on two sides. Royal Avenue Gardens and the Embankment form two of its sides while a row of shops form two of the other sides. Shops include Port of Call (for all thing nautical but nice), Just Fancy - beach equipment and gifts, Country days for superb dried flowers, Cundells a delicatessen and a National Trust Shop.

In the middle of the shop parade sits the three star Royal Castle Hotel, which commands fine views of the Boatfloat , the River and the opposite shore of Kingswear. The hotel boasts two ground floor bars (one has bar food) and a first floor elegant restaurant, the Adam Room.

The Butterwalk dates back to the 15th Century where boats were tied up at a jetty to offload their cargoes. The land has since been reclaimed and is home to the lovely Sloping Deck restaurant (try the stairs inside to see why it is so named).

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