Totnes is a market town and centre of trade for the surrounding countryside, and a full range of shopping and banking facilities can be found in its narrow streets. The shops are friendly and individual, with the focus on quality and customer care. Totnes is well known throughout South Devon for the charm of its independently owned shops and you can buy everything here from a walking stick to a didgeridoo.
As you make your way from the Plains at the bottom of the main street to Rotherfold Square at the top, you will discover traditional butchers, greengrocers, bakers and sellers of wholefoods. You will find an eclectic mix of market goods, fine arts, antiques, second-hand and antiquarian books, sometimes all in the same shop! Totnes has a reputation for handmade shoes, bespoke furniture, unusual boutiques, crystals, complementary therapies and crafts.
Traditionally, Thursday is half-day closing but practically none of the shops close in the afternoon these days. Many of our shops are owned and run independently, so if you have a particular shop that you are travelling especially to visit, it would be a good idea to confirm their daily opening times with them.
The town is also very well known for the quality of its markets. The Friday and Saturday markets by the Civic Hall offer a feast of bargains and unusual products from early morning until the afternoon. Contact Street Scene at South Hams District Council for more details: 01803 861234. An antiques market is also held in the Civic Hall on Fridays. Tel: 01803 526214. Totnes Elizabethan Society hosts a small charity and craft market every Tuesday from May to the end of September (9am - 3pm). Tel: 01803 863714. Totnes Good Food Sunday is a market held in the Civic Square on the 3rd Sunday of each month. From 10am -4pm, a variety of stalls offer good food from Devon and beyond. Contact Ray Reynolds on 01803 525681 for more information.
Totnes is a pleasure to visit and shop in at any time of year. During December, on three Tuesday evenings of the month, the streets are alive with magical late-night festive shopping and entertainment events. It is the most exciting and enjoyable place in which to find all your Christmas gifts. A true one-stop shop! There will be some changes to the Christmas Festival in 2012 to include more activities for families with small children and an additional market on Sundays.
Just two miles from Totnes on the edge of the Dartington Estate, The Shops at Dartington, formerly The Cider Press Centre, has a unique selection of shops and eateries. It is a well known visitor attraction in its own right with facilities all on one site.
The shops listed on the site advertise with us but the Information Centre keeps a comprehensive list of the shops and businesses in the town centre, which we regularly update. We are often contacted by people looking for a particular shop or service. If you have visited Totnes but just can't remember the name of the shop in which you saw that special 'something', then please try us. Our local knowledge comes in very handy. We might just be able to help you track the business down. If you run a shop and would like to be listed please contact us for terms.