Things to do


Useful Websites

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.

National Trust

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.

More things you can do - many 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)


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


The Great Grubb B&B
Plymouth Road

01803 849071