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View of Totnes

Things to do in Totnes

Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Totnes is an historic market town ideal for exploring the South Hams and walks along the beautiful River Dart. The town's attractions are a great mix of the traditional and family friendly, with everything including guided canoe trips, steam railway rides, adventure parks, agricultural shows and ancient castles featuring in the area.

Totnes also offers an excellent choice of accommodation for visitors including traditional inns with rooms, cosy cottages with pools ideal for families, riverside B&Bs and rural caravan and camping parks. A good selection accept pets so the whole family can enjoy a relaxing break in Devon when staying in Totnes.

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Totnes Castle

According to the Totnes Brutus Stone, legend has it that the British people have their origins in the town. Numerous heritage attractions sit around this ancient Devon market town like the great Guildhall on Ramparts Walk. Historic landmarks are best explored along the 1.5 mile long Town Trail which starts at the Town Mill, a restored Victorian water wheel with Information centre and exhibition, old mill machinery and rural archive upstairs. Visit the Dartington Hall Estate just outside Totnes with year round live events, festivals, exhibitions and spectacular grounds and gardens or take a steam railway ride between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. Visitors can also take a tour the ruined Berry Pomeroy Castle (English Heritage) set in a wooded valley or visit Totnes Castle which is one of the best preserved examples of its kind in England.

The Totnes Museum of Costume, Fashion and Textiles has a collection of period costumes on display and Totnes is home to the Woodlands Theme Park which is the largest family theme park in the region, with a zoo farm and an extensive variety of rides and attractions for visitors of every age. Don't miss a visit to the Totnes Museum housed within an Elizabethan Merchant's House. Town events include the Totnes & District Agricultural Show with stunt displays, animal shows and vintage cars exhibitions.

If you are planning a family day out, visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm with a wide range of rare and unusual native British animals including red squirrels, field mice, birds of prey and pygmy goats. There is also an onsite cafe where you can enjoy a cream tea and watch the steam trains go by.

Accommodation in Totnes

  • Paignton   (3.3 miles from the centre of Totnes)
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    Beautiful farm cottage between Dartmoor and Paignton. Charming thre bedroom property with private patio & views, ideal for family groups. On-site fishing lakes. Dog friendly.
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  • Paignton   (3.3 miles from the centre of Totnes)
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    Delightful one bedroom cottage in Devon close to Totnes & Dartmoor with lovely conservatory overlooking the wildlife garden. Large grounds with fishing lakes. Dog friendly.
     
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  • Paignton   (3.3 miles from the centre of Totnes)
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    Bright & spacious two bedroom cottage set on a beautiful farm close to Totnes & Dartmoor National Park. Onsite fishing available. Short breaks available. No pets.
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  • Paignton   (3.3 miles from the centre of Totnes)
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    Spacious three bedroom cottage in Devon with sofa bed & four bath/ shower rooms. Great for families or fishing groups. Dog friendly. Short breaks. Close to Paignton & Dartmoor.
     
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  • Paignton   (3.3 miles from the centre of Totnes)
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    Romantic hideaway for two in the Devon countryside with private patio seating area, exposed beams & champagne provided by request. Short breaks. Beautiful views.
     
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  • Paignton   (3.3 miles from the centre of Totnes)
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    Charming cottage retreat at Newbarn Farm and Angling Centre between Paignton and Totnes. Ideal activity break with fishing lakes & large grounds. Pet friendly. Sleeps 2 or 4.
     
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  • Paignton   (2.3 miles from the centre of Totnes)
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    Beautiful range of 9 self catering cottages set in a country location close to Paignton. Well stocked and equipped Angling Centre & fishing lakes. Families welcome. Dog friendly.
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  • Dartmouth   (3.9 miles from the centre of Totnes)
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    £465
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    Idyllic holiday cottages in the Dart Valley across Dartmouth and Totnes. Whether you're looking for a cosy cottage for two or a large converted barn for a gathering. Sleep 2-10.
     
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  • Marldon   (4.4 miles from the centre of Totnes)
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    Charming 17th Century cottages in Marldon, near Totnes and Torquay. Ideal for families, pool, sundeck. Representative prices given, visit main website for full range! Sleeps 2-6.
     
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  • Paignton   (4.3 miles from the centre of Totnes)
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    Superb three bedroom Paignton holiday cottage with lovely garden, parking for two cars, two bath/ shower rooms, Wi-Fi service & a dishwasher. Off peak short breaks. No pets.
     
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