Totnes town in UK is a magnificent dreamy destination which proves that United Kingdom is a land of fairy tales as it welcomes the tourists with a surprise when they find out that there are so many things to do in Totnes, UK. The fantastic vibrant atmosphere of Totnes is filled with charming history, art, and creativity. It is a perfect get-away destination for those who want to enjoy relaxed holidays in a calm and slow-paced environment.
Totnes is a historic market town with breathtaking countryside landscapes near the River Dart in South Devon, England. The small town is well known for its relaxing environment, diverse community, and artistic culture. The town is equipped with nice hotels, restaurants, cafes, independent boutique shops, galleries and so much more. The town is famous for natural health remedies, theaters, art and is a thriving center for musicians.
The town of Totnes lies in the heart of South Devon in United Kingdom and also has its own currency called “Totnes Pound”. This currency was introduced in 2007 to support the local economy of the town, which shows how progressive it is. The town has built up its reputation for its new age community with a Bohemian personality. Totnes lies in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in South Devon. The River Dart provides a beautiful surrounding around the town where you can find some old preserved warehouses which were used to store timber, apples, and cider.
12 Things to do in Totnes UK
Totnes Castle is one of the most prominent and most visited tourist attractions in Totnes where you will be mesmerized by this classic architecture. The castle is at a short walking distance from the center of the town and is a beautiful place to step back in time. Totnes Castle was built in the 13th century and was rebuilt in the 14th century with many restorations works.
The castle is a great venue to explore history and to enjoy the beautiful views of South Devon. You can walk up to the top from where you can enjoy the superb panoramic views of the town of Totnes, its countryside and the lovely River Dart. It is a great place for history lovers where they can enjoy exploring the remains of old historical objects and area of the castle.
Totnes Elizabeth House & Museum
Totnes Elizabeth House & Museum is located in the heart of the town and is a great place to visit. The museum provides a variety of interesting information which includes information about the computer pioneer, Charles Babbage, who was also the mayor of Totnes in 1754. You can also get information about many herbs and spices in a medieval kitchen and can dress up in the Victorian nursery. Children also love the place as they are entertained with interactive games, fun activities, and plays.
As I mentioned earlier that Totnes is an historic market town, hence it is no secret that the town is a heaven for food lovers and shoppers. Every Friday and Saturday you can experience the busy Totnes Market, where you will find an abundance of food, local dishes, crafts, clothing, homeware, and handmade gifts. The stalls of the market are setup in the Civic Square which is located at the top of the high street.
The Totnes Good Food Market is a wonderful place to visit especially for the food lovers as you can taste some of the best local dishes of the South Devon. This popular market is open on every third Sunday of every month all along the year.
The Christmas Market of Totnes also attracts a lot of visitors from far and wide who join the festival season. The Christmas Market provides an excellent experience to the visitors who not only enjoy the amazing food and mulled wine but also the lantern parades, musical shows, and events.
Totnes town is also well packed with many shops and boutiques that offer one of the most creative clothing and stuff in UK. You will be overwhelmed with choices between arts and crafts, jewelry, and accessories. There are many natural well-being stores from where you can get herbal treatment packages and some nice gift packs which you can take home.
Trails in Totnes Town UK
Totnes is a great place for walking, hiking and gentle strolling around the area. The town is surrounded by beautiful landscape of countryside so naturally there are many trails that start from the center of the town which lead to amazing destinations. You can also get the maps of these trails from tourist information center or from the website of South Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty. If you follow the path that leads you to the River Dart, you will be mesmerized by the lovely rows of preserved historic warehouses which used to store apple, cider, and timber.
You can enjoy breathtaking scenery by walking on these different trails around Totnes. The Totnes to Sharpham trail is a gentle 6 miles stroll around the amazing environment. You can also reach Dartington Estate by walking from the center of the town. You can also have a great walking experience within Totnes as visitors really enjoy this experience and rate it high.
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is an exceptional place where you can get up and close to some rare farm animals. Here you can also meet an eagle owl, pygmy goats, and other animals. You can play with them and the farm also encourages the visitors to get up close and personal with these sweet animals. Just be careful and not feed them anything they are not used to eating. The farm is located at a beautiful spot near the South Devon Railway line, from where you can also watch the steam trains while playing with the animals.
China Blue in Totnes UK
If the day is not sunny, this is the best place to visit in Totnes. Here, you can experience a huge variety of ceramics that vary from pots, mugs, pens, and many different shaped objects. You can also learn pottery techniques or try to learn painting. If you already know painting, you can unleash your creativity by making or painting your own china piece. China Blue is a nice destination which is good for all family members. There is also a café, a homeware gift shop, and some other interesting shops within its vicinity. You can also try pottery throwing and it costs around 25 pounds per person for ½ hour.
Dartmouth Ferry Ride from Totnes UK
One of the great experiences while in Totnes is to take a riverboat ride around River Dart. The riverboat will take you on a fantastic journey around the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you will be able to see around Totnes, Greenway, Dittisham and Dartmouth. The boat ride includes a very nice and informative commentary and will also take you around Sharpham Estate and its vineyards. You will also see the holiday home of Agatha Christe in Greenway and the iconic naval college of Dartmouth.
You can either plan a one-way trip to Dartmouth and stay the night there or come back with a return ticket which is also a wonderful idea. This boat trip is very relaxing, where you can absorb and praise the beauty of nature and make some great memories.
Dartington Estate near Totnes UK
Dartington Estate is the headquarters of the Dartington Hall Trust which is a charity involved in many programs. The estate also has a medieval hall which dates back to 14th century. The estate has magical gardens which were renovated again in the 1920s and again in 1930s. These gardens are beautifully decorated with flowers and sculptures and are open all year around.
Dartington Estate also has a yew tree in the garden which is around 2000 years old and is famous for providing longbows in the medieval times. The Dartington Hall Trust also runs a musical school and hosts a musical festival since 1948 where many famous musicians have come to teach the students and to appear in the concerts.
St Mary’s Church in Totnes UK
St Mary’s Church is an important landmark in the town of Totnes. You can see it from a long distance because of its 37-meter long tower. The church used to be a Priory and was completely reconstructed in the 15th century. The tower of the church is also from the 15th century as well as the nave, chancel, and the screen of the chancel. There is a renaissance monument to Walter Smith on the south chancel aisle. The wooden ceiling and the frescoed interior attract the attention of visitors.
Totnes Fashion and Textile Museum
Totnes Fashion and Textile Museum is located in a tile-clad Tudor house called “Bogan House” which displays the historical collection of costumes from Devonshire. This Tudor house is one of the most well-preserved properties in the town still has the authentic plaster ceilings from the 16th century.
The collection on display is one of its kind where you can see the clothes of children, men, and women that date back to the 17h century. You will be amazed to see some Art Deco costumes from the 1920s, and some Victorian wedding and mourning dresses as well. There is a set of five Georgian Silk gowns that are going to grab your attention; these gowns were created between 1760 to 1785. Along with the clothes, you will also find many shoes, bags, shawls, and old Devonshire accessories.
South Devon Railway
One of the best ways to explore the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in South Devon is to board the South Devon Railway which runs along the River Dart. This is a ten-mile train route between Totnes and Buckfastleigh which was opened in 1872. This journey is surely going to take you on an amazing picturesque trip on a steam train. You will be stunned by the beautiful landscapes, forested countryside and the superb views of river and surroundings between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. The train also takes you to the Buckfast Butterfly Farm, Totnes Rare Breed Farms and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary so you get to visit 3 amazing attractions within one day and also enjoy the mesmerizing scenery on this beautiful steam train. There is also a museum at Buckfastleigh where you can see an old South Devon Railway locomotive from 1876 on display.
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Berry Pomeroy Castle is located around two miles from the Totnes and is such an amazing place that I have written a separate article about it. The beautiful castle remains are famous for being haunted and the surrounding areas add to the spooky effect. Please read in detail about the castle and you will enjoy the wonderful history and details about the Ghosts of the Berry Pomeroy.