Totnes CastleTorquay
English Heritage
Castle Street
Devon TQ9 5NU 
 
 
Totnes Castle in south Devon is a fine example of a Norman motte-and-bailey fortification.  Built on top of the hill it overlooks the town and commands excellent views of the River Dart estuary.
 
The first castle was built of wood in 907 AD by the Anglo-Saxon King Edward the Elder to keep the Viking raiders at bay.
 
However in 1068, following the Norman Conquest, King William I gave 108 Devonshire manors (including Totnes) to one of his lieutenants, Judel the Breton. Judel built the motte-and-bailey as a symbol of his power, to keep the rebellious inhabitants overawed and under control.
 
The motte is made of layers of earth, rock and clay packed down onto a natural rock mound.  It would have been topped by a wooden tower, but in the early 13th century a stone shell keep was added to the top of the motte, and stone walls were constructed around the bailey below.  The structure is one of the largest and best preserved in the country and cared for by English Heritage.
 
Steep climb but excellent views
It is a steep climb up the mound to the ramparts but well worth it for the views over the town and the surrounding countryside.  Allow at least 45 minutes for a visit.
 
Plan Your Visit
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Opening Times & Admission Costs
For detailed information on opening times & costs go to  Web:  Totnes Castle/ Opening Hours & Admission Costs    External Link
 
Disabled Access
Inner Bailey is accessible to wheelchair users. However the Motte and Keep cannot be accessed by wheelchairs due to the steep slope and over 70 uneven stone steps.
 
No wheelchair accessible toilets. Comprehensive information available on EH website  Web: Totnes Castle/ Disabled Access    External Link
 
Facilities
Shop
Picnic tables
Parking - limited 'Pay & Display' parking 210 feet (64 metres) away.  Car access only because of narrow approach roads.
Toilets - There are no toilets on site. The nearest public facilities are in the Market Square (off Totnes High Street).”
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Booking.com here:    External Link

 

 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1803 864 406
Website   English Heritage/ Totnes Castle    External Link
 
Getting There
- By Car
From opposite the Mainline Railway Station on Station Road, turn up Castle Street.
From the town centre, turn north off High Street. There is a small 'Pay & Display' car park 210 feet (64 metres) from the castle.  Note - Suitable for cars only.
 
- By Mainline Rail
The castle is approximately 438 yards (400 metres) up a hill from Totnes Mainline Station.  The London to Penzance line runs through Totnes. For Mainline services refer the detailed instructions on the Plymouth page of this website. For timetable, Fares & Tickets  Web: National Rail Enquiries     External Link
 
- By Walking
The castle is within easy walking distance from the town's centre car parks.
 
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