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Visitor information for Totnes in Devon

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Sitting on a steep promontory next to the River Dart, the town of Totnes is a joy to visit as the fine 16th and 17th century architecture and pleasing setting gives it a unique atmosphere.

The town is a shopper’s delight as there is a wonderful assortment of individual shops selling a wide range of arts and crafts, gifts, local foods, vintage clothes and so much more. Markets are held at the weekends and an Elizabethan market is held on a Tuesday morning when locals and traders get their Elizabethan kit on!

With the distinction of being the second oldest borough in England, Totnes was also one of the richest towns in Medieval and Tudor times, with its prosperity built on the export of wool and local tin.
Totnes has a beautiful motte and bailey castle with a remarkably well preserved 13th century stone keep; standing proudly over the town it affords marvellous views to the River Dart.

The Brutus Stone set into the pavement next to number 51 in Fore Street is so called because it supposed association with Brutus of Troy, who founded Britain in around 1000BC, starting in Totnes. A narrow passage at the top of the town leads down beside the 17th Century Kingsbridge Inn to the site of Totnes’ earliest water supply, the Leech Wells.

Also in Fore Street, in a beautiful Tudor house, is the Elizabethan House Museum, where 13 rooms over three floors chart 5,000 years of local history. Then there’s the atmospheric Guildhall behind the High Street, where visitors can see the original cells that until 1887 would have held prisoners awaiting trial and sentencing. The historic Town Mill is home to the Tourist Information Centre and also houses the Photographic and Rural Archive, a wonderful collection that shows how life in Totnes has changed down the years.

And if all that gives you an appetite fear not – a wealth of cafes, pubs and restaurants are able to satisfy all tastes, and with local seasonal produce on many of the menus you’ll enjoy the real flavour of Devon.

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