Although Totnes retains strong links with its past, in recent times it has became well known for its connections with alternative lifestyles and sustainability.
Things to do
Take a walk around the town centre. Start from the Town Mill, which houses the Tourist Information Centre and Rural Archive. Walking up Fore Street you can stop off at the Elizabethan House museum. Housed in a restored Tudor house, the museum has a number of exhibits about local history. Passing under the East Gate Arch into High Street you can visit the Guildhall, dating from 1553, then stop off at the Market, or continue to Totnes Castle, dating from Norman times and offering magnificent views over the town.
Relax on a boat trip down the River Dart to Dartmouth. On the 12 mile journey you will pass attractive riverside villages and Greenway, the former home of Agatha Christie. You can return to Totnes by boat, bus or try the ‘Round Robin’ trip, that includes a steam train to Paignton and bus to Totnes.
Step back in time on a steam train journey to Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway. The journey will take you along the Dart Valley, with much of the route enjoying views of the river. At Buckfastleigh you can visit the Buckfast Otter Sanctuary and Butterfly Farm, Buckfast Abbey or the historic town. Next to the South Devon Railway’s Totnes Riverside Station is the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, where you can get close to the animals.
Getting to Totnes
From Exeter, take the X64; from Plymouth, take the X80; and from Paignton, the 88, 100 and X80.
There are train links from most parts of Devon, including Exeter, Newton Abbot and Plymouth. The Railway Station is a short walk, or bus ride from the town.
If you are travelling from further afield, take the bus or train to Exeter or Totnes, and then catch one of the services listed above.
Use our Interactive Bus Map