Welcome to Totnes!
We hope you find that Totnes is a beautiful town to stroll about in, look at historic buildings, snack, shop, drink, picnic, listen to music … or whatever floats your boat (and that too). And the surrounding villages, countryside and coast offer a lot more, too.
This is a new and developing community website, so we don’t claim to be on top of everything Yet! We’d like to build up a lot of recommendations. For the moment we’ve just added some of the very best things Totnes town itself has to offer.
Centre of Town
Totnes’ main street – Fore Street, changing its name to High Street as you go up – has a great mix of shops, cafes, restaurants, a fab ice-cream parlour, museums and art galleries to suit all tastes, with the Market Square (markets Fri and Sat, Elizabethan market on Tues, and food market on third Sunday) and the narrows at the top of town always worth a meander.
See our Everywhere to Eat & Drink in Totnes page for a comprehensive up-to-date directory of every cafe, restaurant and pub in town, and in the surrounding areas.
If you’re interested to get to know what some local people get up to, take a look at the Profiles articles on the Home page.
Hanging Out – parks and stuff
To relax outdoors after some ambling, browsing and munching, we recommend all these places to sit, perhaps with a drink and a pasty or a vegan rolled sushi: Leechwell Gardens at the top of town (behind the car parks by the Civic Hall) which has a play area; Vire Island at the bottom from where you can watch the boats go by on the Dart; Steamer Quay / Longmarsh, over the bridge next to the river for a stroll, and maybe a play on the climbing-ship; Borough Park, with a playground for littluns, and the Pavilion leisure centre next to it; take a seat in Market Square and Rotherfold Square up top; or if feeling more leggy, follow the river upstream past the weir and Archimedes Screw turbines to the lovely Dartington Hall riverside meadows, opposite the steam train track; and even further: go up the hill to Dartington Hall, the Gardens and Deer Park woods – in its own little universe.
Looking for Things To Do? These are some of the most popular in Totnes and nearby:
Steam Train – You know you want to! With the Rare Breeds Farm at the Totnes end of the line, and Otters and Butterflies at the other in Buckfastleigh, you can buy combined tickets for most of a day’s fun if feeling flush, or separately: https://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/
Rare Breeds Farm – http://www.totnesrarebreeds.co.uk/
Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Otters – https://www.ottersandbutterflies.co.uk/
Totnes Castle is behind the shops and houses at the top of town – http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/totnes-castle/
Timehouse Museum: This summer 2018 is the last chance to take the immersive artistic and musical journey through time and space, including spells in a Moroccan bazaar, 40s Paris, 50s sci-fi … https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186260-d8528143-Reviews-The_Timehouse-Totnes_Devon_England.html Don’t Miss It!!!
China Blue – Painting your choice of figurines, cups etc is a great way to spend an hour or two, especially (but not only) if it’s not outdoors weather – http://www.china-blue.co.uk/
Or if messing about on the river’s your thing, you’ve got a wide choice of kayaks, canoe trips, or taking a big riverboat ferry to Dartmouth, and maybe doing the round robin on a steam train back to Churston, then a bus from there back to Totnes. Some of those offering these activities: https://totneskayaks.co.uk/ ; http://www.windingrivercanoe.co.uk/ ; https://canoeadventures.co.uk/ ; https://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/tours/dartmouth-totnes-river-cruise ; https://www.englishriviera.co.uk/things-to-do/dartmouth-river-boat-company-p1323013
Have a great time in our zany, beautiful, peaceful, crazy town. Thanks for coming!