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Introducing Totnes & Around

The delightful little town of Totnes has been something of a hippy haven since the 1960s, and its artistic connections continue thanks to the nearby Dartington College of Arts, a couple of miles up the road from the town. But the history of Totnes stretches back much further than the summer of love; a well-preserved Norman keep stands guard on a hilltop above town, and the main street is lined with elegant Tudor and Elizabethan buildings that hint at Totnes’ history as a mercantile town. In fact, tiny Totnes has a higher percentage of listed buildings than anywhere in Britain.

The tourist office (863168; www.totnesinformation.co.uk; Coronation Rd; 9.30am-5pm Mon-Sat) is in the town’s old mill.