History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The town of Totnes is located at the highest navigable point of the River Dart, well inland from the sea. It has been a port since at least the medieval period.
Totnes Castle sits high on a hill above the town, commanding the approaches from three valleys. One of the best surviving examples of a Norman motte and bailey castle, Totnes was first erected in the 11th century as a wooden palisade on a high mound. Extensive remodelling in the 13th and 14th centuries created a circular stone keep atop the mound, surrounded by a curtain wall. The keep has survived in excellent condition, though the outer defences have been left to crumble.
Behind St Mary's church is the Tudor guildhall, open to the public and still used for town council meetings.
Totnes Town Council website
Address: Totnes, Devon, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: SX799 604
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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