Located at the head of the River Dart estuary, Totnes is the second oldest borough in England and is also known as the ‘Devon’s Gem’ making it the ideal location for South Devon holidays. The historic market town is brimming with character, full of bohemian charm, boasting of an array of cafés, galleries, craft shops and is also known as a centre for alternative healing. Totnes has been recognized as the capital of new age chic and finds itself in a list of the world’s top 10 funky towns.
For keen walkers there are plenty of woodland and waterside trails to explore or for those interested in the towns rich history, discover the narrow hidden streets at the top of Totnes also known as ‘Leechwells’.
The River Dart passes through Totnes and there are various river boat excursions that run from the town. Tours run all the way from the town right through to Dartmouth at the mouth of the estuary. You’ll sail through some stunning countryside, quaint villages and towns that line the river banks. The National Trust house Greenway overlooks the River Dart and is well worth visiting while cruising the river and seeing Agatha Christie’s former holiday home.
South Devon has some of the finest tourist attractions in the country with something for everyone to enjoy. For a family day out head to Woodands Family Theme Park for rides, slides and animals spread across the largest family theme park in the South West. You can head down the Twister Water Coaster, tackle Trauma Tower or ride the Rock n Roll Tugboat all in the same day along with the other great attractions at the park. For more family fun visit Pennywell Farm, where you can get up and personal with the animals on the farm including; rabbits, ponies, lambs and not forgetting the world famous miniature pigs.
Totnes Elizabethan House Museum is built in a three storey 16th century Elizabethan Merchant’s House. The house contains many of the features that existed when the house was built which are complimented by a collection of local artefacts dating back to 5000BC, with a room dedicated to Charles Babbage who was educated in the town. Other historical sites in the town include Totnes Castle, Totnes Guildhall, Berry Pomeroy Castle and Dartington Hall Estate.
sail through some stunning countryside, quaint villages and towns that line the river banks
From Totnes, much of the county can be easily reached, in particular the popular seaside destinations along the South Devon coast including Dartmouth, Paignton, Torquay and Brixham. Both Exeter and Plymouth are a short drive away from Totnes making them ideal destinations for a day trip.