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Welcome to Totnes, the hidden treasure of South Devon

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Totnes is a place where historical richness fuses effortlessly with a vibrant alternative culture and breathtaking natural surroundings. It is much more than your average English town, Totnes pulses with an amazing community spirit that you'll feel around every corner. The combination of rich history, stunning nature, artistic input, and a sense of community makes it a truly inspiring destination.

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As you walk down the High Street, which is known to have more historic buildings per head than any other town in the UK, you'll find yourself immersed in the past. Make sure you pass by the iconic East Gate archway, a surviving part of the medieval town wall. And if you continue up the hill, you'll reach Totnes Castle, which offers panoramic views of the town and the beautiful River Dart. 

However, Totnes isn't just about the past. It's a hub of creativity and independent thought these days, sometimes described as one of the UK's most bohemian towns. You'll find a many unique and quirky shops. These sell everything from vintage clothes, vinyl records, handmade jewelry, local crafts, organic produce, to eco-friendly products.

If you stroll down the streets you will hear local musicians setting the soundtrack of the town, while community noticeboards offer an eclectic mix of activities and local events.

Please make sure to visit the weekly market, held on Fridays and Saturdays. Here the locals sell everything from antiques and collectables to locally grown fruit and veg. Make sure to try some homemade baked goods and vegan food.

Totnes is also known for its arts scene, with several galleries hosting local artists and artisans. The Barrel House, a unique venue in the town center, regularly offers live music, performances, and other cultural events.

Natural Beauty and Outdoor Activities

Beyond the historic and cultural sites, the Totnes region is surrounded by exquisite natural beauty. Dartmoor National Park offers rugged terrains and rolling hills, perfect for walking and hiking.

Dartmoor National Park

The South Devon Area has miles of stunning coastline and a rich biodiversity. For a gentle stroll, head to the Dartington Hall Gardens.

Eco-Friendly Stays and Dining Options

Some accommodation in Totnes aligns with its eco-friendly ethos. The Dartington Hall Estate, practicing sustainable farming, offers options ranging from eco-pods to barn retreats.

The Dartington Hall Estate

For lunch go to the vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant Seeds 2 Totnes. They offer delicious dishes using locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients.

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

The Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is a family-owned attraction dedicated to preserving endangered species of farm animals and the diversity of British wildlife. It's located just outside the town of Totnes, making it a perfect day out for animal lovers of all ages.

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

On entering the farm, you'll find a variety of rare and unusual animals, many of which you can pet and feed. The farm hosts an array of rare breed sheep, goats, and poultry, each with its unique characteristics and personalities.

The Owl Centre at the farm is a must-visit. Here, you can come face-to-face with different species of owls and learn about their habits, diets, and natural habitats.

The farm staff often conduct owl talks and displays, allowing you to see these magnificent creatures in action. Aside from its animal residents, the farm also has a beautiful, lush gardens perfect for a picnic. There's a café serving locally sourced food and a gift shop.

Wellness and Yoga

For yoga and meditation practitioners, Totnes is home to a meditation center called The Sharpham Trust. This is an educational charity set in a stunning location near Totnes. They connect people with nature and foster mindfulness and well-being through their programs of retreats, mindfulness courses, events and the arts.

If you need a good massage, you might want to try Systemic Bodywork Massage. Mira is very professional and sensitive to your needs. It is the best deep tissue massage you can get in the area.

Best Time to Visit

Totnes is a year-round destination, each season offering its unique charm. However, the mild and sunny conditions of late spring through early autumn (May to September) typically provide the best weather.

Remember that summer, particularly August, can be quite busy due to school holidays. Find more detailed climate information for Totnes by following this link.

This article was last updated on August 01, 2023.