Totnes Castle is a lovely spot to spend some time, and as dogs and picnics are more than welcome at this English Heritage site we’d recommend packing up your lunch and making an outing of your visit. The Norman castle looms high above the historic market town, and was built in the traditional motte and bailey style shortly after the Conquest. The castle was probably intended to overawe the Saxon town below, and the stone shell-keep that crowns the mound was built after the rest of the castle.
Thanks to its height, one of Totnes Castle’s biggest draws today is the stunning views over Totnes and the River Dart far below. There are more than 70 steep steps to climb up to the castle, and please note that the steps leading up to the keep are uneven. If you don’t mind a bit of a clamber and you have time it’s well worth taking on the steps up to the castle, and you’ll find benches and picnic tables in the Bailey. Trees shelter the tables so if it’s a hot day you’ll be able to enjoy your lunch in the shade before making your way back down.
Please check the English Heritage website for opening times before visiting Totnes Castle, as they change throughout the year. There’s no parking at the castle, although there is a Pay and Display car park nearby.
Castle Street, Totnes, Devon - TQ9 5NU