See and Do Category: Find out about the history of Totnes

Explore St Mary’s Church

National Churches Trust 'Explore Churches' presents St Mary’s - the jewel in the town of Totnes and is a must during your visit. From whatever viewpoint you look, whether from the many surrounding hills or from the river Dart which made Totnes such an important trading town, the church dominates and defines the town.

Timeless Totnes

From Saxon beginnings to today’s vibrant market town, Totnes has a national reputation for its diverse and lively community.

Totnes is a captivating town set on one of Britain’s most picturesque and historically significant waterways, the River Dart. Its cosmopolitan population generates an exciting range of cultural activities and fosters passionate exploration of new ideas. The locals pride themselves on being a little different.

High quality cafes and bistros, traditional inns, special places to stay, award-winning food markets and great attractions combine to make Totnes a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year.

Totnes retains a strong hold on its heritage. Framed by a beautiful rural Devon landscape, the town is full of character with many notable buildings and monuments. Explore the town’s rich history and charming architecture; lose yourself in its ancient passageways.

There’s no shortage of things to experience and do. Totnes is packed with interesting features, a fascinating past and a thriving selection of independent shops and businesses to seek out during your visit.

The Sharpham Trust

The Sharpham Trust connects people with nature and fosters mindfulness and well-being through retreats and courses, outdoor learning and the arts on a spectacular stretch of the River Dart in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 The Trust is an education and conservation charity, welcoming retreatants to and hosting ceremonies in Grade 1-listed Georgian villa Sharpham House, with its18th century walled garden and Capability Brown landscape.

The Estate is home to The Barn Retreat Centre, Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground and the famed Sharpham Wine & Cheese.

Totnes Fashion & Textiles Museum

Totnes Fashions and Textiles Museum houses the Devonshire Collection of Period Costume, which contains clothing for men, women and children from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first century. A themed exhibition, which is changed annually, is displayed in the most intact Tudor Merchant's House in Totnes. Find us directly opposite the market square. We are open when the marionnettes are dancing.

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

The Totnes Rare Breeds Farm started life as a muddy field and a forest of brambles. After much vision and a tremendous amount of hard work, June 2002 saw the opening of the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm to the public. In January 2015 Samantha Adams took up the reins. With a fantastic team of volunteer helpers, the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm continues to be a very special place and a joy for all ages. Look forward to seeing you soon in this little slice of heaven within the Devon countryside!

English Heritage Castles of Devon

Castles of Devon - Experience a day out with a difference at the Castles of Devon. Totnes Castle Is a focal point of Totnes and stands as a mighty legacy to the power of the Normans. It is one of the best surviving examples of an early Norman motte and bailey castle. Berry Pomeroy Castle Tucked away in a deep wooded valley, and reputed to be one of the most haunted castles in England. Dartmouth Castle Discover the castle's colourful history including how it was besieged during the Civil War.