A pretty harbour town nestled next to the Exe estuary, Topsham provides a unique holiday experience and despite being a suburb of the city of Exeter, it still maintains a distinctive character outside the bustle of city life.
The town is steeped in history originally being the main port of the city. It played an intrinsic part in the town’s importance, providing safe harbour for trading and shipbuilding activities. Another iconic Topsham landmark is St Margaret’s Anglican Church which dates back to the 10th century. The church provides insight to the heritage of this harbour town, whilst the interesting Dutch architecture provides further stories into the trading activities dating back hundreds of years.
One of Topsham’s most historic buildings with a beautiful courtyard and gardens lends itself to the town’s museum. Here you can learn about the area known for its maritime marvels, shipbuilding spectacles and commerce heritage. For visitors looking to admire the beauty and nature surrounding the town, the estuary provides a wealth of interest including nature reserves and marshes which make up a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Topsham provides an eclectic range of interesting shops and boutiques and you will experience friendly hospitality at its best with the community renowned for providing a welcoming atmosphere. If you love eating out, Topsham has the perfect range of tea rooms, restaurants, and pubs many with beautiful gardens and tranquil settings. There is always an opportunity to enjoy a delicious Devion cream tea and take advantage of the local produce on offer.
There are plenty of opportunities to explore the area by foot with free walking tours conducted by the Topsham Society and if you fancy taking to the water Topsham’s passenger ferry provides easy access to walking and cycle trails. If you want to explore Exeter city, Topsham has excellent links being served by frequent bus and train services into the city centre. Here you can discover a hive of activities and things to do, all a short distance from your accommodation.
Topsham offers a unique and charming alternative to a city break and provides a memorable and unique holiday experience, perfect for people of all ages. Our selection of cosy cottages, quaint B&B’s and comfortable hotels as well as nearby holiday parks provide a great option for an exciting holiday in Topsham.