Get Alternative in Totnes

Get Alternative in Totnes

Perched above the River Dart, this pretty, charming market town lies on a hill and is said to boast more listed buildings than any other town in Britain. It’s not all about history though; there’s a thriving community with a real alternative vibe (Totnes is home to the Transition Town movement), with bags of independent shops and markets, and lots for families to do as well.

Totnes is a fabulous little town that is really worth exploring if you’re staying close by. It’s a real flag ship town in terms of independent shops, with a real focus on organic, ethically sourced and grown fair trade produce.  Stroll the streets and you’ll find a plethora of cafes, restaurants and really unique shops to while away an hour or two, and if you’re looking for some goodies to take back to your retreat, Devon’s largest Good Food market takes place on the third Sunday of each month here with over 50 stalls, whilst a normal market happens on a Friday and Saturday each week. Nearby you’ll also find the Riverford Farm Shop, famous for their organic food boxes that are delivered all over the country. Sharpham Vineyard is also well worth a visit.


If you can tear yourselves away from all the good food and drink, there are plenty of other activities available too. Being located close to the River Dart, there are lots of boat trips available which chug along to Dartmouth –perfect for leisurely watching the countryside slide past.

Alternatively the South Devon Railway is a lovely steam train ride over seven miles between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. Whilst at the Buckfastleigh end, make sure to visit the gorgeous Buckfast Abbey.

Close to the station at Totnes lies Totnes Rare Breeds Farm – a great place for children where they can feed the animals (please note they do close for the winter so check their website for opening times).

The town itself is worth exploring just for its architecture. Crammed full of listed buildings, just have a wander and gaze around. Make sure to visit the Brutus Stone in Fore Street. This is said to mark the spot where the Trojan Prince, Brutus, disembarked from his ship and declared “Here I stand, and here I rest. This town shall be called Totnes”.

Totnes is really a jewel in the Devonshire crown with a rich heritage, forward-thinking culture and of course the very beautiful surroundings.

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