Totnes is a lively, bustling Tudor market town and port, home to a splendid range of quality holiday cottages, apartments and townhouses. The Normans came to stay in the 11th Century, building Totnes Castle, (now open to the public) which remains perhaps one of the best preserved Norman Motte and Bailey castles in England. The architecturally attractive town centre is filled with a fabulous choice of independent shops ranging from organic foods and boutiques to galleries and bookshops. Town Traders are well-known for their stance on protecting their local shops against the might of the multi-nationals - even giving the town its own currency, the Totnes Pound which visitors can purchase and spend in Totnes shops. The market which has been held in the town since Elizabethan times is popular with residents and visitors alike, being full of locally grown produce and handbuilt crafts. For visitors enjoying a supposedly self catering holiday, it will be hard to resist the allure of the many fine restaurants lining the town's ancient streets and alleyways. It's a great weekend-break location for Christmas shopping or top culinerary experiences! Oh - and it still has a steam railway! The Dart Valley Railway which chugs from Totnes to Buckfastleigh (and back).
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Although no longer a working port, the River Dart is still navigable. Visitors may hire a boat ot take a scenic pleasure cruise downstream to Dartmouth.
The surrounding area is the South Hams which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas in Devon, and Totnes for those who like old fashioned country lanes, thatched holiday cottages, bluebell woods and flower-filled hedgerows. being the tidal-head of the River Dart, is arguably the cherry on top. Take a boat trip down to Dartmouth and back through miles of glorious South Devon countryside. For Castle lovers, after Totnes Castle, visit Berry Pomeroy Castle, which is equally as enchanting. There are plenty of attractions waiting to entertain families with younger children such as Woodlands Family Theme Park - the largest theme park in the South West with everything from white knuckle rides and water coasters
to a petting zoo and falconry displays. Alternatively, head for Pennywell Farm Park near Buckfastleigh and meet, cuddle, feed the farm animals in between enjoying lots of other attractions.
The coast at Torbay is within easy reach making it possible to enjoy day or half day seaside trips to Brixham, Paignton and Torquay by car or train (Totnes also has a mianline station as well as a steam one). Why not take the ferry to Dartmouth, then go by steam train from Kingswear to Torquay. Then return to Dartmouth across Torbay by ferry and get a boat back up The Dart to your holiday cottage in Totnes.