Totnes, South Devon

Totnes, South Devon

Twinned with Narnia

Totnes has a reputation for being alternative. Topped by an English Heritage castle and located on the banks of the River Dart, this is a unique place.


Why holiday or weekend break in Totnes?

To help you choose Totnes, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Food and drink

Restaurants. Waterside Bistro. The Riverford Field Kitchen (nearby). New Walk Restaurant & Cafe Bar. Royal Seven Stars Hotel. The Barrel House. White Hart Bar and Restaurant at Dartington Hall.

Bars. Royal Seven Stars Hotel.

Pubs. The Cott Inn. The Kingsbridge Inn. Steam Packet Inn. The Normandy Arms (Blackawton).

Cafe. Tangerine Tree Cafe. The Venus Cafe (Dartington). The River Shack (Stoke Gabriel).

Fish & chips. Albatross Fish & Chips.


Totnes Castle and Totnes Ramparts Walk

The English Heritage castle overlooks the town. The view from its walls are amazing. In the area, also visit English Heritage's Berry Pomeroy Castle and Dartmouth Castle. National Trust properties including Compton Castle, Greenway, Coleton Fishacre and Overbeck's.



Quality independent shops line Fore Street and the High Street. Start by the River Dart and work your way up to English Heritage's Totnes Castle.


River Dart

One of the great Devon rivers flows from Dartmoor's high moor to the coast at Dartmouth. Walk the Dart Valley Trail or take a boat trip.

For watersports, try Canoe Adventure. There's also Totnes Kayaks in Stoke Gabriel.


Boat Trips

The classic Dartmouth trip is the Round Robin provided by Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway. Follow the River Dart downriver on the Dartmouth Totnes River Cruise. Take the Dartmouth Kingswear Lower Ferry to Kingswear. Hop on the Dartmouth Steam Railway to Paignton Station. Ride on the bus to Totnes Steamer Quay. Clearly, you can take the trip in the other direction.



On the outskirts of Totnes. Try The Shops at Dartington.


South Devon Railway

Runs between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. A classic Devon visitor attraction.



The vast bulk of Dartmoor is to the west and north west.


The English Riviera

Follow the A385 east to Paignton, Brixham, Torquay and Babbacombe.


Slapton Sands and beaches

East. Paignton Beach. Goodrington Sands. Broadsands Beach.

South. Blackpool Sands. Slapton Sands.

South west. Bantham Beach. Bigbury-on-Sea Beach.


Woodlands Park

Roughly ten miles south between Totnes and the coast.