Totnes Local Area

A guide to Totnes and the surrounding area

Totnes is a charming market town, built at the head of the River Dart's estuary in South Devon. It has good communications, being accessible via the A38 from Exeter, just 22 miles to the east. The town is acknowledged as a thriving New Age centre, where musicians, artists, natural health practitioners and craftspeople live and work with great success. A market is held twice a week, selling antiques, musical instruments, second-hand books, hand made clothing and local organic products. In short, not for nothing was Totnes voted the capital of New Age chic by Time magazine. With its numerous attractive listed buildings and ancient history, Totnes is a tourist hot spot and attracts a growing number of visitors annually.

It has many distinctive features such as the Eastgate, an arch spanning the main street, Totnes Castle, a Norman edifice owned by English Heritage, the late medieval Church of St Mary and the Elizabethan House Museum, one of many authentic Elizabethan merchant's houses.