Things to do in Totnes

Totnes has always had a reputation for being vibrant and fun, its reputation isn’t that far from the truth, with notable buildings, a rich history, quirky independent shops and a host of interesting events taking place all year around, there is always something to do in Totnes.  

Explore on foot or by bike 

Totnes is blessed with some remarkable scenery and you can easily explore by following the walking and cycling routes leading around the town and towards the river Dart and the countryside. On the north side of the town is Dartington, a smaller settlement where you’ll find the Dartington Trust – a Grade II listed estate with acres of landscaped gardens, a beautiful sprawling manor house, shops and eateries, plus a host of events throughout the year and cinema screenings.  

Looking down over the town is Totnes Castle. The castle stands on a man-made motte which stretches over 17 meters high and can be seen from all over the town. From the castle itself you can enjoy a wonderful view across Dartmoor and down towards the River Dart. The castle is one of the best surviving examples of a Motte and Bailey castle, and from here you can learn more about Totnes’ strategic importance.  

As well as the town’s history there are plenty of opportunities to do a bit of shopping. Totnes has a very popular market held every Friday and Saturday in the Market Square as well as other seasonal markets taking place.

If food and drink is your thing, you’ll love a tour of Sandridge Barton, home of Sharpham Wine, which is set on the banks of the River Dart. You can find out more about their wines and how they are made, sample the wine on a self-guided wine flight and explore on trails suitable for all the family.  

Arts and crafts community 

Totnes has a huge arts and crafts community. As well as the chance to pick up handcrafted products in the shops and at markets, you can also join in and make your own at workshops such as those run by Steve Robinson Glass or at China Blue.