There is a fabulous mermaid statue in the Dart Estuary, near Dartmouth Castle on the west bank of the River Dart.  ( map )

Dartmouth mermaid

Mermaid statue “Miranda” near Dartmouth Castle. Photo by Mark Robinson.

Glynis Johns

The life-size mermaid statue is known as Miranda, Mermaid of Dartmouth.

It was sculpted in 2005 by Elisabeth Hadley as a privately commissioned art piece.   In 2006 the mermaid sculpture was cast in bronze and sited in its current location, where it is very easily seen from both the river and the turrets of Dartmouth Castle.

It has become a tourist attraction in its own right, and there is a news story about Miranda in the December 2012 issue of The Dart.

The sculpture was inspired by the 1948 film “Miranda“, in which Glynis Johns plays the role of the mermaid Miranda.

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