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Tel code: 01803 | code search
Postcode: TQ9 | code search
Population: 8000
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Folk Customs:
Burning the Ashen Faggot
Hatherleigh Carnival Tar Barrels
Kingsteignton Ram Roast
Passing the Port
Pretty Maidís Charity
Tar Barrels & Rock Cannons of Ottery
The Barnstaple Shilling
Turning the Devilís Stone

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Sea Trout Inn (The)
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Sea Trout Inn (The)
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Totnes Castle
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Totnes is a deeply satisfying place to explore if you are interested in history, as the town's past is clearly visible, layer upon layer, in its streets and buildings.
After the Norman conquest, Totnes belonged to a knight called Judhel, who built the castle and founded a priory on the site of the Guildhall. The medieval town broke free of its walls and the long main street leading down to the river came into being. The townspeople traded widely with France and along the English Channel, growing prosperous on wool, slates and all the produce of a rich agricultural area.
In 1206 the people of Totnes acquired a charter of independence from King John, giving them control over their own affairs. The first MP was sent to Parliament in 1295, and the list of mayors begins in 1359. Totnes is rightly proud of its long civic tradition, although borough status was lost in 1974.
The beautiful red sandstone church of St Mary, famous for its tower and stone roodscreen, was rebuilt in the 15th century. In the Tudor period, Totnes became the 16th wealthiest town in England, thanks largely to the export of Dartmoor tin. Over 60 merchants' houses from this time remain in Fore Street and High Street, often with elaborately carved ceilings, though many are hidden behind more recent facades. The Museum at 70 Fore Street is a perfectly restored example. During the Civil War both sides used the town as a base at different times, with Prince Charles (later Charles II), Oliver Cromwell and Sir Thomas Fairfax all visiting.
The 18th and 19th centuries were a quieter time for Totnes, though it was still a busy centre for its surrounding farms and villages. In the 20th century the town sought to retain its looks and character whilst keeping up with appropriate developments - not always an easy balance. Since 1925 the various activities of the nearby Dartington Hall Trust have helped to make Totnes the diverse, socially varied and creative place it is today.
In 1970 a group of local traders decided to celebrate the legacy of Elizabethan prosperity in Totnes by dressing in period costume on Tuesdays throughout the summer. Now every, from May to the end of September, you can step back in time as you enjoy the famous Elizabethan Charity Market by the Civic Hall, and see townspeople in colourful costumes going about their daily business.
In August, look out for the unique Orange Race organised by the Elizabethan Society. This event commemorates a visit to the town by Sir Francis Drake in the 1580s, when he presented 'a fair red orange' to a little boy in the street. Now contestants chase their oranges down the hill. Population 8,000


Hawthorns Accounting Services Ltd
James Parkes Financial Services Ltd
Michael Locke & Co


Berry Pomeroy Castle
Dartington Hall Gardens
Goss Centre of Challenge & Adventure
High Cross House
Sharpham Vineyard
Totnes Castle
Totnes Costume Museum
Totnes Elizabethan House Museum
Totnes Guildhall


St Mary


Dance - Demelza Rouncefield Flamenco Dance
Yoga -


Belsford Court Cottages
Cider Barn


South Hams District Council


Manor Lodge
Paul Hickling Dentistry
Pure Dental Care


Catherine House Surgery
Leatside Surgery

Estate Agent

Eastgate Estate Agents
Fulfords Estate Agents
Luscombe Maye
Pugsley's Estate Agents

Golf Club

Dartmouth Golf Club


Durant Arms
Royal Seven Stars Hotel


Collectables & Flea Market
Totnes Good Food Sunday Market
Totnes Market

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Albert Inn
Bay Horse Inn

Dartmouth Inn
Kingsbridge Inn
Royal Seven Stars Hotel
Smugglers Inn
Steam Packet Inn
The Waterman's Arms
White Hart Bar and Restaurant


Bistro 67
Cleves Restaurant
Durant Arms
Gabriel Court Hotel
Royal Seven Stars Hotel
Steam Packet Inn
White Hart Bar and Restaurant
Willow Vegetarian Garden Restaurant


Belsford Court Cottages

Cider Barn


Kellock & Johnson


Aardvark Cars
Andys Taxis
Brians White Rabbit Taxis
Castle Cabs
East Allington Taxi Service
White Rabbit Cabs


Munnings Mitchell & Peplow

Sports Clubs

Ashburton Cricket Club (Cricket)
Ronin Do Judo Kaj (Martial Arts)
Spacehoppers Volleyball Club (Volleyball)
The Maltsters CC (Cricket)
Totnes (Women's Hockey)


Arcturus Books
Totnes Bookshop
Green Fuse

Pure Hairdressing
Cider Press Plant Centre
Longcombe Nursery & Garden Centre
Coachyard Cottage
Oasis Wholefoods
The Happy Apple
Tideford Foods
Totnes Health Shop
Peters & Sumray
Conker Shoe Co
Lesters Of Totnes
Bishopston Trading Company
White Space Contemoprary
Davidson Fine Art
Marshall Arts Gallery
Riverford Farm Shop
Riverford Farm Shop
Seeds Bakery & Health Store
Sharpham Partnership Ltd
Edinburgh Woollen Mill
The River Shack
The Terrace Coffee Shop
Signal Box Cafe
Luscombe Butchers
McCabe Butchers
O'Brien Ltd
Neals Yard Remedies


Butterwalk House
Rees Antiques
Rotherfold Antiques
Pandoras Box


Canoe Adventures(Water Sports)
Dartmouth Yacht Cruise School(Water Sports)

Places to Stay near Totnes

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Riverview (0.43 miles)


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The apartment comprises two double/twin bedrooms, kitchen, large lounge/diner, with lovely view over the River Dart. It is on the second floor, approached by climbing some steps, with a large ... More

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The Great Grubb Bed and Breakfast (0.58 miles)

The Great Grubb Bed and Breakfast

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A warm welcome at The Great Grubb Bed and Breakfast. Four star contemporary accommodation that reflects the unique flavour of Totnes. We are located within walking distance of Totnes shops ... More

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Belsford Court Cottages (2.17 miles)

Belsford Court Cottages

An idyllic rural retreat for all the family nestling in the rolling hills and valleys of the South Hams, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The rural hamlet of Belsford is close to the pretty ... More | visit website

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Sea Trout Inn (The) (2.18 miles)

Sea Trout Inn (The)
The Sea Trout Inn is an idyllic, traditional Devon Inn dating back to the 15th Century situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Dart Valley, near Totnes. We have 10 en-suite letting rooms, a ... More | visit website

Durant Arms (2.50 miles)

The Durant Arms is a traditional 18th century country inn; situated in the wonderful surroundings of the South Hams countryside in Devon. An idyllic country retreat, the Durant Arms Hotel and Restaurant in Ashprington, Totnes ... More
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Pound Court Riverside B&B (2.90 miles)

Pound Court Riverside B&B
Set right beside the Harbourne River, this B&B is located amid the hills of the beautiful South Hams and is close to the coast and wonderful beaches. The river runs down the side of the building, ... More | visit website
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Sladesdown Farm (3.32 miles)

Sladesdown Farm
Escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life to our small working farm in the beautiful Devon countryside. The property has a traditional romantic feel to it, and is in one of the UK's ... More | visit website
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Broadhayes House (3.38 miles)

Broadhayes House

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This is bed and breakfast at its best - superb hospitality in a comfortable stylish home in beautiful surroundings. Broadhayes is a spacious house with spectacular views of farms and ... More

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Longacre B&B (3.62 miles)

Longacre B&B
Longacre is a beautiful converted Eighteenth Century Barn offering luxurious accommodation in beautiful countryside.
We are surrounded by organic farmland.
Set in the heart of South Devon, also known as the South Hams, just off the A38, ... More | visit website

Greencott (3.62 miles)

Our usual warm welcome awaits friends old and new at Greencott - a lovely house in the village of Landscove, only two and a half miles from the A38 and Ashburton. Greencott is set in ... More

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I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence. - Thomas Hardy
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