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National Rail | station code TOT

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Totnes is an attractive market town with many 15th century buildings. A working waterwheel can be seen at the restored Town Mill Information Centre. Totnes PlusBus tickets are valid within the local urban area.

TI Town Mill, Coronation Road. Tel. 01803 863168.

Holiday Cottages in Devon

If you plan to book a self-catering cottage in the countryside or a small village check the location carefully and remember to plan your grocery shopping.

Devon Devon National Trust Holidays

Totnes Castle EH ¼ mile

One of the best surviving examples of a Norman motte and bailey castle. The once-great ditch that surrounded the keep is today filled with cottages of the town. Good views of Totnes and the River Dart. Tel. 01803 864406.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1800 (1700 Oct). Nov-Mar, SSu 1000-1600.

Fashion & Textile Museum ¼ mile

The Devonshire Collection of Period Costume housed in the most intact Tudor merchant's house in Totnes.
Open Jun-Sep, TWThF 1100-1700.

Elizabethan House Museum ½ mile

An Elizabethan merchant's house containing 500 years of local history. Archaeological, Victorian toy and Jacobean furniture displays. Tudor kitchen and herb garden. Section on Charles Babbage, inventor of the first computer. Tel. 01803 863821.
Open Apr-Sep, M-F 1030-1600.

Totnes Guildhall ½ mile

The Guildhall has been the home of the Town Council for over 450 years. Former local Magistrates' Court, prisoner cells, Council Chamber and Mayor's Parlour with ceremonial robes. Tel. 01803 862147.
Open Apr-Sep, M-F 1100-1500.

South Devon Railway ½ mile

A 7 mile former Great Western Railway branch line beside the River Dart to Buckfastleigh. Most trains are steam-hauled, see the website for times. Model railway and buffet at Buckfastleigh. Picnic area. Tel. 0843 357 1420.
Open please see website.

Totnes Rare Breeds ½ mile (at South Devon Railway Totnes station)

Rare breeds of farm animals. British wildlife. Café. Tel. 01803 840387.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700.

Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies, Buckfastleigh station, South Devon Railway

Otter sanctuary and butterfly farm. Glass enclosures to see otters swimming underwater. Tel. 01364 642916.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1730.

Totnes map

Dartington Hall Gardens and Estate 1½ miles to Gardens or by bus then ¾ mile

Formal garden and parkland with several sculptures including one by Henry Moore. After discovering the neglected estate in 1925, Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst transformed the ailing rural economy through their conviction that art, education, research and work could be integrated into an abundant life for all. Tel. 01803 847025.
Open Daily, dawn-dusk.
Bus 88 from station to Dartington, Shinner's Bridge. 4 minute journey, M-S hourly. Totnes PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by Stagecoach.

Dartington map
Ordnance Survey Maps
Ordnance Survey Maps
Ordnance Survey Maps

Berry Pomeroy Castle EH by bus then ¾ mile

A romantic ruin tucked away in a steep wooded valley. The mansion was begun in the 1560s and enlarged about 1600 with the intention of becoming a spectacular house but it was never completed and was abandoned by 1700. Tel. 01803 866618.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1800 (1600 Oct). Nov-Mar, SSu 1000-1600.
Bus 149 from Coronation Road (½ mile from station, near Town Mill Tourist Information) to Berry Pomeroy Castle turn (on left shortly after Berry Pomeroy village, watch for Castle sign), then ¾ mile signposted walk. 8 minute journey, M-S only, infrequent. There is no bus stop so take care when waiting for the return bus - stand in the gateway opposite the road junction and be ready to give a clear signal to the approaching bus. Operated by Country Bus.