Totnes Guildhall has nearly a thousand years of history for you to explore with the original priory building dating back to 1088. In the early 1500's England monasteries were dissolved under the rule of Henry VIII and most of this building was destroyed. In 1553 the Guildhall was built and over the years it has been used as the town gaol, boy's school, magistrates court, and is still used today as the Council Chambers and mayors parlour for Totnes Town Council.
In 2015 the Guildhall will be open to visitors from Monday 30th March to Friday 30th October.
Opening times are 11am - 3pm, Monday to Friday (excludes bank holidays)
You can see the boards of Totnes mayors dating back to 1359 and the Council Chamber where Oliver Cromwell sat to plan the closing stages of the civil war in 1646.
There is so much to see at the Totnes Guildhall and we simply ask that you leave a donation to help us with the upkeep of the building. Your donations will help us to repair the frieze and plasterwork in the Council Chamber and to repair the glass turret, along with general upkeep of this magnificent piece of history.
Do you love local history? We rely on volunteers to help us keep the Guildhall open. If you can spare a couple of hours a week and would like to help out in this beautiful Grade I Listed building then please call Catherine or Laura on 01803 862147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently looking for volunteers on a Thursday morning from 11am to 1pm, and every other Friday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm.