Totnes - something a little different

Totnes is famous for being the home of a cosmopolitan mix of people!

It is unconventional with organic, ethical and fair trade the norm. It is the home of the Transition Town movement and is proud to be a little different. It attracts people worldwide who are concerned with the environmental and sustainability.

There are many noteworthy buildings and monuments in the town, including their museum. They are watched over at the top of the town by the Norman motte and bailey castle which has commanding views of the Dart valley including to the river Dart.

There is a plethora of shops, markets, restaurants/cafés, pubs, an hotel, and lovely walks to enjoy by the river.

Not too far away from the town you’ll find the award-winning Riverford Field Kitchen, a must for all foodies. You can even take a walk around the farm before taking lunch in the restaurant!

Our Trips From Totnes

Try the fantastic Totnes-Dartmouth River Cruise, the Round Robin
and the Steam Train from Paignton (bus to Paignton first).

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What to do in Totnes

Totnes - twinned with Narnia!

For decades famous as Devon's hippie haven, eco-conscious Totnes also became Britain's first 'transition town' in 2005, when it began trying to wean itself off a dependence on oil. Sustainability aside, Totnes boasts a tempting vineyard, a gracious Norman castle and a mass of fine Tudor buildings, and is the springboard for a range of adrenaline sports.

The town has a market you must try each Friday - and is home to a great historic and interesting motte and bailey castle. Another nearby castle, at Berry Pomeroy, is reputed to be one of Britain's most haunted.

The shops at Dartington offer top quality shopping (and food and crafts) whilst the Abbey at Buckfastleigh (which is Home to a Roman Catholic community of Benedictine Monks) is a living monastery that is open to visitors. You can pick up some Buckfast Tonic Wine or handmade gifts in the Monastic Produce shop. Something a little different - suits Totnes very well indeed!

How to get here

Parking at Totnes

Totnes Steamer Quay (postcode TQ9 5AL). There is plenty of all day parking here but the two car parks are owned by South Hams District Council, so charges apply. You will need coinage for for these car parks or you can telephone to make payment by card.


  • Sunny days - The river cruise was a delight, such a fun and knowledgeable crew member giving the commentary, really is a must if visiting the area.
  • At last! - Went by steam train and ferry to Dartmouth on the last day of our holiday. Beautiful. Lovely journey on the steam train and the ferry was also a very pleasant trip. Spent a couple of hours in Dartmouth before repeating the journey. So glad I have managed to do it at last!
  • A big thumbs up... - A great time was had by all. The staff were really friendly and great at explaining. We took the steam train then hopped onto the boat where we spent some time in Dartmouth. It's a lovely touch that even the dog gets a ticket. The views from the steam train were so pretty the train and boat were both very clean and comfortable. A big thumbs up from us!

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