According to legend, the founder of Britain, Brutus of Troy, first stepped ashore at Totnes around 100BC. This legend is remembered by the Brutus Stone, said to be where Brutus first landed on British soil. This may not be entirely accurate but the actual history of Totnes dates back to at least 907AD when a Saxon castle was first built here. It became a market town in the 12th century and its continuing prosperity can be measured by the grand 16th and 17th century merchants' houses that can still be seen in the town. Today, this is a lively and slightly Bohemian town, and restaurants in Totnes are some of the best in the area.