Totnes is an historic market town which is well known for its independent high street, alternative therapists and fascinating history.
There are several ways to get to Totnes from Paington – the drive is only 20 minutes, you can get the Gold bus service (in the direction of Plymouth), the train via Newton Abbott or for to make the journey part of the day out you can take the South Devon Railway steam train from Buckfastleigh. (Please check the website for details as services have been affected by Covid-19).
Buckfastleigh itself is an interesting place to start your day here you can visit Buckfast Abbey, the Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary.
The train station is a ten minute stroll from the town centre which is an interesting market town with many historic buildings. Half way up the High Street you can visit Totnes Elizabethan Museum for free – this attraction has lots to explore including a medieval kitchen, a spiral staircase made from a ships mast or leaning about, son of Totnes, Charles Babbage, who invented the first mechanical computer. You might even see the resident ghost! (Please check the website for details as services have been affected by Covid 19).
The main shopping street of Totnes is made up mostly of local, independent traders. Totnes is a Fairtrade town and you’ll find lots of local, handmade and fairly sourced things to buy from clothing and fresh food to jewellery, stationary and glassware.
The High Street runs up a fairly steep hill so you may find you need to stop for some refreshment! You can sample locally made Gelatto, enjoy an organic pie or some delicious Italian food as you make your way up the slope. And, on the third Sunday of every month there is a fabulous local food market located along the High Street.