Totnes is a former Saxon settlement on the River Dart, known for its alternative New Age community. This delightful historic town and wealthy river port once exported Devon wool and tin. It has a bustling main street, 15th century church, historic buildings and even an Elizabethan market along its narrow streets. Set on a steep hill, Totnes Castle is an interesting local landmark; one of many historic attractions to enjoy during your visit to this unique community.
Here are our suggestions for 5 top reasons to visit Totnes.
Coleton Fishacre is the arts and crafts style family home of the operatic D’Oyly Carte family. Furnished in 1920s style, the house is surrounded by superb RHS approved gardens sloping down to the sea.
If you plan to visit Devon, check out this article about the popular National Trust property which can easily be reached by road or coastal path from Dartmouth.
Penzance is the most westerly town of significance in the UK, just 10 miles from Land’s End. This lively town is famous for its old port, market, characterful pubs and for the majestic St Michaels Mount which stands in Mounts Bay.
Here are our 5 worthwhile reasons to visit Penzance.
Something you can only do in Cornwall is tour a former tin mine! Geevor Tin Mine near Land’s End offers an underground hard hat tour which is always a novelty for visitors. There is also a museum and plenty of heritage buildings to tour.
Dig into our article for more details of how to enjoy a day out at this award-winning attraction.
Lanhydrock is an increasingly family-friendly place to visit. There’s an adventure playground, off-road cycle trails with challenges and a quiz sheet to keep kids busy. There are 50 rooms of this splendid home to tour, from kitchen to nursery.
Enjoy the formal gardens and parterre, established trees and herbaceous borders and the riverside walk. There are also shops, restaurants and a family museum.
Kids and adults cannot help but want to stroke the muzzles of the gentle residents at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. This extensive sanctuary is a great place to drop in for lunch, but no visit is complete without saying hello to some of the residents.
Read more about how the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary began and plan to visit this popular family-friendly Devon attraction which is completely free to visit.
Plymouth has a rich maritime history with many areas of interest including the historic Barbican and the Hoe overlooking the natural harbour of Plymouth Sound. Home to the Royal Citadel and the naval dockyard at Devonport, this waterfront city is a fascinating place to explore.
Here are our 5 worthwhile reasons to visit Plymouth.
Until 2004, Looe Island remained a mystery to both visitors and residents of Looe. Occupied for over 40 years by two elderly sisters, the private island was bequeathed to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and now offers boat trips and guided tours with a ranger.
The island has an interesting history and is now home to many seabirds, grey seals, wild flowers and butterflies. Enjoy walking, swimming, fishing or bird spotting as part of your interesting visit.
Once an essential part of life in Clovelly, donkeys were used to haul baskets of herring up the steep cobbled to streets. Nowadays they are occasionally used to carry luggage for visitors staying at the pubs.
Their main role today is to give rides to children, be petted and pose for photographs, but lucky visitors can enroll on a one-day Donkey Keeping Course. Here’s how…
Camel Valley Winery has won more awards and titles than most for its delicious white, red and sparkling wines. Take a tour of the vineyard and discover how to make wine on a commercial scale before enjoying a sample.
Easy to reach by bicycle from the Camel Trail, the vineyard terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the rural views with a glass of delicious local bubbly.