Set in the Devonshire countryside, Totnes is known for its delicious farm-to-table fare and bohemian atmosphere. Spend your time exploring Norman castles, admiring Tudor architecture and devouring local produce.
Things to do in Totnes
Totnes is home to one of the best-known vineyards in the United Kingdom, Sharpham Wine & Cheese. It's set in the hillsides of Devon and is known for its sparkling white wines. It's possible to tour the vineyard solo or sign up for a guided tour. You can also sample wine and cheese in the tasting room or sit down for a meal at the Vineyard Kitchen.
Standing guard since the 17th century, Berry Pomeroy Castle is one of England's spookiest strongholds. Walk around the ruins and gaze up at St Margaret’s Tower, said to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Margaret Pomeroy. Totnes Castle is another landmark, set high on a hilltop overlooking the town.
As you stroll around town, peer into the Elizabethan Garden. The pint-sized oasis has been used to grow herbs and medicinal plants since the 16th century. It's attached to the Totnes Elizabethan Museum, where you can learn about medieval remedies for a host of ailments.
Thanks to its eco-conscious locals, Totnes is brimming with farm-to-table fare. Don't miss the chance to dine at Riverford Field Kitchen, an organic bistro championing plough-to-plate" cuisine. It's incredibly atmospheric, with food served at communal wooden tables housed in a converted barn.
Getting around Totnes
Totnes is best explored on foot, though you'll need a rental car to explore the Devonshire countryside. The town is well-serviced by rail, with trains running to Exeter and Plymouth in around 30 minutes. If you're heading to Dartmouth, jump aboard a shuttle boat and cruise down the Dartmouth River.