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Totnes - a Devon gem full of character

Sitting on the banks of the River Dart in South Devon, Totnes is one of the oldest towns in England, with a truly unique character. The shops on the charming high street offer something a bit different to the norm, and on market days you can get your hands on local produce or unusual local arts and crafts. Totnes Castle is a traditional motte-and-bailey structure, built soon after the Norman Conquest. Its steep mound gives sweeping views across the town rooftops to the river.

Get close to red squirrels, owls and butterflies

Just outside the town, Totnes Rare Breeds Farm works to preserve endangered animals. Watch the antics of red squirrels and Wizzy the European eagle owl, cuddle the guinea pigs and visit the hedgehog hospital. At Nearby Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, wander around an undercover tropical garden among free-flying butterflies and moths. The otter sanctuary has a large enclosure with underwater viewing areas. See native British otters alongside Asian and North American varieties.

Embark on a railway and river boat adventure

One of the best ways to see South Devon is a round-robin trip between Totnes and Paignton. From Totnes, enjoy a cruise along the River Dart to Dartmouth, where Agatha Christie had a holiday home. After spending some time in this gorgeous town, catch the ferry across to Kingswear, from where you can take a steam train ride to Paignton for some beachside fun. From there, catch a bus back to Totnes. Planning a trip to Totnes? Travelodge Paignton Seafront Hotel is a 15-minute drive away. Travelodge Torquay Hotel is also close by.