About TotnesTotnes is a market town with a fascinating history and culture in the heart of beautiful South Devon. There is lots to see and do in the town, which has gained a reputation for being friendly, alternative and a great stop for foodies. Nestled into the countryside with the River Dart running through it's centre, it's perfectly situated for days out to Devon's beautiful beaches and is a stone's throw from Dartmoor National Park.The town has two bridges crossing the beautiful River Dart and boat tours are available down the river to Dartmouth. You can even hop on the boat to Dartmouth, ride the ferry across the river to Kingswear, catch a steam train to Paignton, then ride an open top bus back to Totnes! Below are a few things that you might enjoy in the town itself:
Within easy walking distance of the town centre, Totnes Castle is a classic Norman motte and bailey castle, offering sweeping views across the town’s rooftops across to the River Dart. Dartmouth and Berry Pomeroy Castles are also just a short drive away.
The High Street
The High Street in Totnes is packed full of shops, cafes and restaurants and never fails to be full of life. Whether you are looking for a relaxed cup or tea, an evening glass of wine, an evening meal or a quick snack, it’s all on tap in the town centre.
There are a variety of walks leaving from Totnes, with footpaths enjoying spectacular views across the Devon countryside and Dart valley and well maintained paths to Dartington. There are also garden walks within the town as well as a community orchard and an arboretum.
The Dartmouth River Cruise winds its way along the river towards Dartmouth, with plenty of wildlife to spot en route, including cormorants, kingfishers and even seals. Turn your trip into a full day out; cruise down the river on a boat from Totnes to Dartmouth, cross the river to Kingswear by ferry, then hop onto the steam railway to take you to Paignton. From here, travel by bus back to Totnes.
Whether you're looking for a morning coffee, a light bite or a substantial lunch or dinner, there are plenty of wonderful cafes in town to choose from. A couple of our favorites are the Curator Cafe on the Plains and Seeds 2 next to the market place.
The Good Food Market
The biggest monthly farmers and producers' market in the West Country, the Totnes Good Food market is held on the third Sunday of every month and is too good to miss.
Totnes has a regular market every Friday and Saturday with a range of stalls on offer including the fresh fish van providing this morning's catch from the local Torbay fisherman.
Contained within a painstakingly restored authentic Elizabethan Merchant's House, built around 1575, the museum retains many features dating back to the Elizabethan period. Collections, dating from 5000BC are on display and give an insight into the social, cultural, economic history of Totnes.
The South Devon Railway is a 7 mile former Great Western Railway branch line which runs along the beautiful valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. With Totnes Rare Breeds Farm at one end of the line and the much loved Otter and Butterfly Sanctuary at the other, the railway provides a great day out for the whole family.
Totnes Elizabethan Society also hosts a charity and craft market every Tuesday, situated on the Civic Square, from May to the end of September.
There is a whole host of great pubs in Totnes. A couple of our favourites are the Albert in Bridgetown with its own microbrewery and some great Devon ales and the Steam Packet on the Plains with its large outside seating area overlooking the River Dart.
Totnes Guildhall is a Grade I listed 16th-century Tudor historic guildhall, magistrate's court, and prison, just off the High Street in the centre of town.