The ancient borough of Totnes enjoys a prominent position above the River dart. The town is one of Devon's gems; full of both colour & character, that stems from a rich cultural, historical & archaeological heritage.
It is the second oldest borough in England, and is full of interesting diversions for the visitor — museums, a riverside with steamer quay, an ancient Guildhall and Church, a Norman Castle & the North and East Gates. The town is an architectural feast to those interested in historic buildings, with fine examples of properties dating back to Norman, Medieval & Tudor times.
The name Totnes derives from the Saxon for a fort or lookout on a ridge. The town is known to have been a fortified Saxon settlement, built to protect the upper reaches of the river from Viking raiding parties.
Browse amongst the delightful shops for arts, crafts & unusual gifts or just listen to buskers, especially on market days. The riverside offers you the chance to take a boat trip from the Steamer Quay to the historic town of Dartmouth or you could take the steam train to Buckfastleigh & visit the famous Buckfastleigh Abbey?