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Historic Guildhall

Opening Hours

The Guildhall is now open to the public from 11.00 a.m -3.00 p.m Monday to Friday (not Bank Holidays) until the end of October. The Guildhall is sometimes closed for private hire, such as weddings, and Council meetings. If you are making a long journey to visit us then please call in advance to check that we will be open.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have any queries regarding the Guildhall, please email civichall@totnestowncouncil.gov.uk If you are interested in hiring the Guildhall for your wedding or another event, you can find out more here.

Guildhall Closures

Please note the Guildhall will be closed on the following dates of the 2024 season:

May 9th – all day

May 10th – all day

May 23rd – all day

May 29th – closed 11a.m – 1 p.m

July 24th – closed 1 – 3 p.m

September 12th – all day

About The Guildhall

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 1500s 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 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.

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 the office on 01803 862147 or email.

Thu 18th June 2020
Last Updated
Tue 9th April 2024