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Totnes Town in Devon

Photograph of Totnes


Totnes is a rather bohemian market town at the head of the River Dart estuary in South Devon. It lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Approximately 22 miles south of the city of Exeter, it is the administrative centre of the South Hams District. Totnes lies roughly midway between the cities of Plymouth and Exeter and is well served by transport links. It stands at the junction of the A381 and A385 roads and has its own railway station on the Exeter to Plymouth line. It is an excellent base from which to explore Torbay, Dartmoor, the Dart estuary as well as the whole of South Devon.

Totnes dates from at least 907AD when its first castle was built by King Edward the Elder to the southwest of the town. By the twelfth century it was already an important market town and this continued over the next 500 years. A tax record from 1523, reports that Totnes was the second richest town in Devon. all this is clearly visible today by the large number of fine houses of 16th and 17th century merchants' houses around the town. Today, Totnes is a thriving little town with a population of about 7,500. It is a centre for music, art, theatre and natural health. Nearby Dartington Hall is a popular wedding venue, hotel and conference centre. Totnes (Littlehempston) railway station is at the southern end of the South Devon Railway Trust which runs tourist steam locomotives along the line that follows the River Dart up to Buckfastleigh. Since the River Dart is navigable to seagoing boats as far as Totnes, the estuary was used for the import and export of goods from the town until relatively recently and there are still regular pleasure boat trips down the estuary to Dartmouth.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Events near Totnes

Dining out near Totnes

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Totnes, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh and Dittisham.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Newton Abbot, Paignton, Brixham and Kingsbridge.

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