See and Do Category: Town Trail

Franklin Totnes Trail

The Franklin Totnes Trail is a circular walk around Totnes which has come to life as part of a legacy bequest from a member of the Totnes Ramblers, Mr Edward Franklin. It's a 6 ¾ mile, waymarked, circular walk with several points of interest along the way, starting in the historical town of Totnes. It should take the average walker 3 to 4 hours to complete the walk, but if time is limited there are options to shorten the walk. For more information please contact us on the link below www.ramblers.org.uk/totnes

Totnes Image Bank Photographic Archive

When you make your visit to Totnes come and see the background to this historic town by visiting the Totnes Image Banks archive exhibition. We will show you how the town developed from early times to how the town traded by river and rail, contributed to 2 world wars, has a rich Civic and social life and much more. The earliest images of Totnes date from 1864 and follow events recorded in the photographs.

The digital A to Z database of over 60.000 images contains a vast range of subjects and places from Totnes and around South Devon. Plus the Dartington Rural Archive records a life long past of farming and villages.

Based at Town Mill by Morrisons carpark. Open on Tuesdays & Fridays – 10am to 4pm.

Entry is free of charge, donations please to support the charitable trust.

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.

Leechwell Gardens

A community garden hidden in the middle of Totnes. Often called the 'magical garden' due to its wealth of wildlife, herb garden, natural play area and hosting local events all managed by volunteers. Open from 8.30am until dusk (or 8.30pm if this is earlier). From mid-April until September the garden will be open from 8.30am until 8.30pm, while as the days get shorter it closes earlier until by mid-December it's around 4.30pm. The garden is closed on Christmas Day. No dogs allowed.

The Royal Seven Stars Hotel

The Royal Seven Stars Hotel dates from the 17th century and is reputedly built on the site of a medieval hostelry. It's now an award-winning pub, restaurant and accommodation.

Gate stone pillars

The two granite pillars which originally stood between the converted chapel and the Dartmouth Inn marked the gateway to Town Marsh stretching to the south towards St Peter’s Quay. Note the town coat of arms and the date 1687.

The Butterwalk

The covered pavement arcade known as Butterwalk was built in Tudor times to protect dairy stalls from the weather, whilst the covered Poultry Walk opposite sheltered poultry stalls. Here you will find the 16th-century Bogan House is the Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum.

The Narrows

The Narrows is a colorful area of individual shops, and Rotherfold Square, once a cattle market.

The Elizabethan House Museum

The Elizabethan House Museum is one of the finest restored Tudor town houses in the country. Built in about 1575 for cloth merchant Walter Kellond, it has twelve galleries, a courtyard, and a herb garden. It contains a wide range of exhibits and a room devoted to Charles Babbage who originated the concept of the computer.

William Wills stone obelisk

A stone obelisk commemorates William Wills, explorer of Australia and born here in 1834. The British surveyor and surgeon was second-in-command of the Burke and Wills expedition, an ill-fated attempt to cross Australia from south to north.