Things to do
Totnes Information Centre
This site has information about Totnes including eating out, visitor attractions, shopping, markets and alternative accommodation.
South Hams Events
This site has a wide range of information about what's on in Dartmouth, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Totnes and the South Hams. It covers music, theatre, festivals, poetry, ballet, performances, exhibitions, workshops tours and more.
Some suggestions for things to do
Take the Round Robin
Take a cruise down the river to Dartmouth, a Steam Train to Paignton and an open top bus back to Totnes or any combination of trips that takes your fancy.
Take a trip on the South Devon Railway
The South Devon Railway, or SDR, is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. They run steam trains and you can visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies either side of your trip with them.
Sharpham Vineyard & Vineyard Cafe - 3 miles from The Great Grubb
Explore this rambling vineyard, situated on the banks of the River Dart and home to award winning wine and cheese.
Dartmoor National Park - 9 miles from The Great Grubb
Explore 368 square miles of rugged natural moorland. Experience rivers and waterfalls, wild deer and wild ponies, trails, tors, stone age settlements and picturesque villages with traditional pubs.
The Dartington Estate and Dartington Hall - 2 miles from The Great Grubb
Dating from the 14th Century, Dartington Hall, with its listed buildings and glorious gardens, is a wonderful place in which to simply explore, take in one of the many theatre and music performances, watch a film in the intimate ‘Barn Cinema’or sample the excellent food on offer at The White Heart.
There are numerous beautiful beaches in South Devon and more than ninety are within a 45 minute drive of The Great Grubb (traffic permitting!). Many visitors come to walk the South West Coastal Path that stretches around the whole of the South West peninsula. Some of our favourite beaches include:
Goodrington - 20 mins drive
Mothecombe - 30 mins drive
Slapton sands - 30 mins drive
Bantham - 30 mins drive
Bigbury - 30 mins drive (Burgh Island is accessible at low tide and the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s famous novels)
Salcombe North Sands - 40 mins drive
There are many National Trust properties, beaches and woodlands close to us. Agatha Christie’s Greenway being one of the most popular for visitors.
Dartmouth - 12 miles from The Great Grubb
An historical naval town with a large yachting community and bustling town centre with many pubs and restaurants. Make sure you explore Dartmouth castle, dramatically situated on the cliff edge.
Plymouth - 30 mins drive from The Great Grubb
If you need a city fix, Plymouth is an historical naval port and the point of departure for the Pilgrim Fathers. Plymouth contains many shops, bars and restaurants. Make sure you explore the Barbican and Plymouth Hoe;both are jewels of the city.
Exeter - 40 mins from The Great Grubb
Dating back to Roman times, Exeter is rich in history and contains a beautiful cathedral. Explore the ancient city walls, the contemporary shopping centre and bustling nightlife.
Things you can do without your car!
Cycle around the area - The Totnes Information Centre has OS maps and there are many trails
Walk around the area - The Totnes Information Centre has detailed walking maps including The Totnes Town Trail, Totnes to Dartington, Totnes to Ashprington, The Southwest Coastal Path
Visit Living Coasts, Torquay
Spend the day at Paignton Zoo
Visit Pennywell Farm
Visit Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
Visit the Mare and Foal Sanctuary
Visit Sharpham Vineyard (Wine & Cheese)
Visit Dartington Estate –1200 acres with shops, visitor centre, estate walks, restaurant, barn cinema and more
Visit Totnes Elizabethan House Museum
Visit Totnes Museum of Costume, Fashion and Textiles
Visit Totnes Castle
Visit Narnia Totnes and the Time House Museum
Visit Totnes Guildhall
Take the South Devon Railway to Buckfastleigh
Visit Buckfast Abbey
Visit Buckfastleigh Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
Take the Round Robin to Paignton, Kingswear, Dartmouth and back to Totnes by a combination of open top bus, steam train and river cruise
Take a river cruise to Dartmouth and back
Kayaking and Canoeing on the River Dart
Go fishing from Brixham or Torquay
Cruise across Torbay
Visit River Dart Country Park
Visit Woodlands Family Theme Park
Visit Berry Pomeroy Castle
Visit Greenway Estate (Once the home of famed mystery author Agatha Christie)