Totnes sits in the heart of South Devon and rests on the banks of the meandering River Dart. A historic market town, it has an international reputation for its diverse community. The relaxed atmosphere, fascinating history and unique shops make it a wonderful place to stay or visit.
If shopping is on the cards during your visit, you will not be disappointed with the amazing array of independent shops. Totnes is known for its ethical retailers and promotion of sustainble living. There’s a great selection of markets on offer too including the weekly market in the Civic Hall Square on Fridays and Sundays and the Totnes Sunday Good Food Market which takes place in the Market Square every third Sunday of the month. You’ll even find an Elizabethan market each Tuesday morning (May – September) where traders dress in Elizabethan period costumes.
Alongside shopping you can enjoy boat trips on the Dart, explore Totnes Castle and hop abroad a steam train for a beautiful journey through the Dart Valley. Museums and art galleries are on offer too.
Surrounding Totnes is plenty of magical South Devon countryside perfect for walks and exploring. Nearby Dartington is also a hub for arts and has a historic house, listed gardens and a cinema showing a selection of great movies.
When it comes to food and drink in Totnes you will be spoilt for choice. There is a real focus on organic, locally produced food and plenty of the restaurants, cafés, delis and pubs serve up South Devon food and beverages.
By the 12th century, Totnes had established its self as a market town and prospered throughout the mediaeval period. These days it has gained a reputation as a centre for learning, arts, alternative lifestyles and culture.
You’ll be able to discover Totnes’ interesting history throughout the town in its historical buildings and architecture. In particular the Guildhall which has been home to the town council for over 450 years and the Norman castle which stands overlooking the town.