Totnes, Devon is an English Market town. The village of Dartington is just outside Totnes, as is Dartington Hall.

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The Dartington Hall Estate was purchased Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst in 1925. They wanted to create an "experimental" estate with forestry, farming and educational projects. This led to the opening of a school, a tweed mill, sawmills, a cider company and the famous Dartington glass works.

The school, which has now closed, used novel methods, similar to those used by A.S. Neill at Summerhill . Aldous Huxley's children went to Dartington Hall, some of the educational methods in his novel Island are based on the Dartington School.

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Map of Totnes

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Market square, with the Butterwalk across High street in the background.

There is a market every Friday and Saturday, an Elizabethan market on Tuesdays (with the sellers dressed in period costume) and a monthly gourmet food market.

  • Fore Street and High Street, both lined with Tudor period buildings.
  • 1 Totnes Castle, Castle Street, TQ9 5NU, +44 1803 864406. Situated on a promontory, commanding the River Dart, Totnes Castle was built by the Normans at a point where three valleys meet. Despite little remaining of the original motte and bailey castle, other than the earthworks, the stone enclosure of Totnes Castle's keep, built at the summit of the motte, has survived to the extent of being one of the best preserved in England. adults £3.60, children £2.20, concessions £3.20.    
  • 2 Berry Pomeroy Castle, Berry Pomery, TQ9 6LJ (2 miles east of Totnes), +44 1803 866618. adults £4.90, children £2.90, concessions £4.40.    
  • 3 Totnes Information Centre, The Town Mill, Coronation Road, TQ9 5DF, +44 1803 863168, . Run by Totnes Town Council, Totnes Information Centre represents a good starting place for visitors to the town.
  • 4 Dartington Hall Estate, Dartington Hall TQ9 6EE. Extensive grounds and gardens of the former school.    

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  • Barrell House (Top of town, corner of castle street and high street).
  • 1 The Cott Inn, Cott Ln, Dartington, TQ9 6HE, +44 1803 863 777, .    
  • 2 Roundhouse Cafe, Lower Drive, Dartington Hall, Dartington, TQ9 6EN.
  • 3 Taguchi-Ya, 12 Ticklemore St. Cosy Japanese restaurant with eat-in or takeaway.
  • 4 The Curator Cafe, 2 The Plains.

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  • 5 Sandridge Barton, Waddeton Road, Stoke Gabriel, TQ9 6RL (5 miles from Totnes). Mar-Dec 10AM-4PM. is a vineyard on the River Dart, tours available. tasting from £12 vineyard safari £45.

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As of Sept 2023, Totnes and its approach roads have 4G from O2 and Vodafone, and 5G from EE and Three.

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