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. 



 Please contact Catherine on to request a brochure or arrange a visit.





The Guildhall will be open to visitors from Monday 11th April until the end of October 2016.

Opening times are 11am - 3pm, Monday to Friday (excludes bank holidays) 

There is no entry fee we simply ask for a donation with a suggestion of £1 per person. This helps us to maintain this beautiful building. 

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.


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.

~ Volunteering opportunities ~

Totnes Guildhall is looking forward to the 2016 season after a very busy year in 2015.

We rely on volunteers to keep the history alive so if you can spare two hours a week and would like to help out in this beautiful Grade I Listed building, please contact us on 01803 862147 or email

*Tea and biscuits included ;)