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.

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.

The Narrows

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

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 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.

The East Gate Arch

The East Gate Arch was once the gateway to the medieval town and faithfully reconstructed after a devastating fire in 1990.

Totnes Guildhall

Totnes Guildhall was built in 1553 on the ruins of the medieval priory, founded in 1088. It has been the heart of the town’s administrative, legal and ceremonial life for centuries, serving as court, prison and meeting place.

The Guildhall has been the home of the Town Council for over 450 years. Take a look at the boards in the Lower Hall on which over 600 mayors are listed in gold leaf. Come and see the beautiful premises, which were rebuilt as the meeting place of the Merchant Guild, and feel the history at the former local Magistrates’ Court which was used from 1624 to 1974. See the original cells where, until 1887, prisoners awaited trial and punishment. Climb the 17th century stairs to the elegant Council Chamber, with its plaster frieze and the table where Oliver Cromwell sat in 1646.   Opening Times July to 31st October, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm

Brutus Stone

The Brutus Stone is set into the pavement opposite Atherton Lane. This features in legend as the place where Brutus the Trojan, founder of the British people, first stepped ashore.