The South Devon Railway is one of Devon’s and the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west. There’s plenty of space to enjoy our large 12-acre grounds in the sunshine, a large free car park, plus drinks, snacks and ice creams are on sale in a nearby kiosk. It’s the perfect way to spend a few hours on a nice day whilst avoiding the traffic jams and crowds at the beach and the Moors!
The South Devon Railway, or SDR, is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. We run steam trains with heritage rolling stock and offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.
Totnes (Riverside) station is c. 500 yards from the main line station. Footpaths link the station with the town. Or there is plenty of free car parking at Buckfastleigh station - TQ11 0DZ.Look out for special events happening throughout the year or make your dream come true when you book a drive-a-train experience.
Hidden away in Totnes town, visit this classic Norman motte and bailey castle, managed by English Heritage.
Climb to the top of the keep to enjoy stunning views over the town of Totnes and across to the River Dart. Or enjoy a picnic in the peaceful grounds under the shelter of age old trees – there is plenty of space for families to relax on a summers day. Within easy walking distance of the town, the castle is an ideal addition to any day out in South Devon and you can combine the visit with one to nearby Dartmouth and Berry Pomeroy Castles which are just a short drive away.
For full opening times and prices, search ‘Totnes Castle’ or follow the website link above.
Totnes Guildhall was built in 1553 on the ruins of the medieval priory, founded in 1088. It has been the heart of the town’s administrative, legal and ceremonial life for centuries, serving as court, prison and meeting place.The Guildhall has been the home of the Town Council for over 450 years. Take a look at the boards in the Lower Hall on which over 600 mayors are listed in gold leaf. Come and see the beautiful premises, which were rebuilt as the meeting place of the Merchant Guild, and feel the history at the former local Magistrates’ Court which was used from 1624 to 1974. See the original cells where, until 1887, prisoners awaited trial and punishment. Climb the 17th century stairs to the elegant Council Chamber, with its plaster frieze and the table where Oliver Cromwell sat in 1646. Opening hours are 11am - 3pm, Monday - Friday. Closed on Thursday 12 October and Thursday 26 October 2023.
From Saxon beginnings to today’s vibrant market town, Totnes has a national reputation for its diverse and lively community.
Totnes is a captivating town set on one of Britain’s most picturesque and historically significant waterways, the River Dart. Its cosmopolitan population generates an exciting range of cultural activities and fosters passionate exploration of new ideas. The locals pride themselves on being a little different.
High quality cafes and bistros, traditional inns, special places to stay, award-winning food markets and great attractions combine to make Totnes a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year.
Totnes retains a strong hold on its heritage. Framed by a beautiful rural Devon landscape, the town is full of character with many notable buildings and monuments. Explore the town’s rich history and charming architecture; lose yourself in its ancient passageways.
There’s no shortage of things to experience and do. Totnes is packed with interesting features, a fascinating past and a thriving selection of independent shops and businesses to seek out during your visit.