Totnes Guildhall

Opening Hours  

The Guildhall is now closed to the public for the winter, but it is still available for weddings - please contact Mairead to arrange an appointment. The Guildhall will re-open to visitors on  Monday 1st April 2019, Monday to Friday 11.00am to 3.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays) until Friday 25th October 2019.

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 Mayor's parlour for Totnes Town Council.

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.

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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

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 Mairead on 01803 862147 or email

The Guildhall is now licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies and is open all year around, subject to availability. 

Please see our 'Weddings' page or contact Mairead for more information on 01803 862147 or email