Find places to stay in and around Totnes in Devon. Great access to the South Devon AONB and The English Riviera. Dartmoor National Park is an easy drive to the west. We think that Totnes and its surrounding villages are in an ideal location to explore this part of Devon and east Cornwall.
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Totnes, Devon, Visitor & Tourism Guide



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National Park: Dartmoor
AONB: South Devon. Other nearby AONBs include East Devon, Tamar Valley and Cornwall
Select Cities: Exeter, Plymouth
Select Towns/Villages: Torquay, Brixham and the other towns of The English Riviera, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Kingsbridge, Torbryan, Torcross, Beesands, Hallsands, East Portlemouth, Outer Hope, Thurlestone, Bigbury-on-Sea

Twinned with Narnia
Totnes is a striking, fascinating South Devon town with a reputation for being alternative. It's a fine place.

Location
Along with Devon villages such as Torbryan, Totnes is in a perfect location for a Devon holiday or weekend break. On the fringe of the South Devon AONB with Dartmouth to the east, Dartmoor National Park to the west and The English Riviera to the north east, there's an astonishing variety of places and attractions in and around Totnes to experience.

A castle with a view
Begin with the castle. Built soon after the 1066 Norman invasion, the castle provides super views of the town and local countryside. To get to the castle, it's most likely that you'll have to walk up the High Street having passed under East Gate Arch. To your right, visit the church and Guildhall. See also Totnes Museum in its Elizabethan building and the pretty Narrows, a street over which the circular castle looks.

According to a local information sign, 'Totnes has more listed buildings per head of population than any British town'.

The River Dart and steam engines
The River Dart flows through Totnes, from Dartmoor National Park, on its way to Dartmouth. We'd suggest taking a Dartmouth Boat Trips trip to the coast or a steam engine to the moors.

The local area
Around Totnes, try Berry Pomeroy Castle and Buckfast Abbey, Paignton Zoo and Dartmouth Castle. Other English Riviera attractions include Kents Cavern and Living Coasts, the HiFlyer Balloon and Torre Abbey. Both Torquay Marina and Brixham Marina and Outer Harbour are worth exploring.

South Devon beaches and coastal walking
South Devon has some cracking beaches. We'd recommend heading south east to Blackpool Sands. A small arc of shingle, having spent some time lazing on the beach, we'd suggest climbing the South West Coast Path to the south and enjoying the view back down to the beach. It's one of the UK's most photographed beach views.

South of Blackpool Sands are a series of long stretches of pebble and shingle beach at Slapton Sands, Bee Sands and Hall Sands. Each has cracking views out to Start Bay and down to Start Point.

If you're looking to surf, head down to Bantham Beach and Dunes and Bigbury-on-Sea Beach. Visit Burgh Island whilst you are there.

The coastal walking on the South West Coast Path is sublime. Try the stretch from Torcross to Hallsands, although, to be frank, having walked all of it, we'd argue that any section of the South West Coast Path in this area isn't going to disappoint.

Further afield
Plymouth is to the south west and Exeter to the north. Both are internationally important cities in terms of their heritage. The Pilgrim Fathers of America and Charles Darwin once walked the streets of Plymouth!

If you've had your fill of beaches and coastal towns, we'd very much recommend some time spent exploring Dartmoor National Park. In particular, walk one of its wooded valleys and cleaves. Try the Dart Gorge or Lustleigh Cleave.

Last, if you're in Totnes for any length of time, remember that Cornwall is just down the road. Cross the Tamar Bridge and you have the magnificent Tamar Valley AONB to your north and the eastern section of the Cornwall AONB to your south.

Basically, you're spoilt for choice! Check out our 'Top 10 Recommendations' lists for further ideas. All recommendations are linked to maps so make sure you click on the map view to see the various locations.


Top 10 Recommendations

Top 10 Places To Visit
Selected from the best Places To Visit in Totnes we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Things To Do
Selected from the best Things To Do in Totnes we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Beaches
Selected from the best Beaches in Totnes we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Views
Selected from the best Views in Totnes we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Rainy Days Out
Selected from the best Rainy Days Out in Totnes we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Castles
Selected from the best Castles in Totnes we've listed our top 10.

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Totnes Castle, Devon

Located in Totnes, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Built by the Normans in the eleventh century. An excellent example of a 'motte and bailey' castle. The 'motte' is a large mound topped by a circular stone keep. The 'bailey' is a large walled enclosure in the shadow of t...

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Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 18; Rates: 71 - 134 Per Night

In the centre of beautiful Totnes, this charming hotel was once a 17th-century inn and now offers attractive en suite accommodation, free Wi-Fi and free parking...

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Swallows, Belsford Court Cottages
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Approximately 2.1 miles away.

Rates: 419 - 953 Per Week

Set in a secluded and tranquil valley in the tiny hamlet of Belsford in the South Hams an area of oustanding natural beauty yet only three miles from the historic market town of Totnes Belsford Court offers the ideal bas...

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Oats, Belsford Court Cottages
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Approximately 2.1 miles away.

Rates: 382 - 866 Per Week

Set in a secluded and tranquil valley in the tiny hamlet of Belsford in the South Hams an area of oustanding natural beauty yet only three miles from the historic market town of Totnes Belsford Court offers the ideal bas...

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