Once a thriving port and shipbuilding centre, Topsham still retains a strong maritime flavour.
The quaint historic town has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with an eclectic cluster of specialist shops and fine restaurants, plus wonderful sunsets above the estuary.
Things to do
There are a collection of distinctive buildings in Topsham including elegant 17c Dutch-style merchant houses along The Strand. One of these houses is home to Topsham Museum where you can explore interesting exhibitions including Vivian Leigh memorabilia of ‘Gone with the Wind’ fame, who is linked to Topsham through her first marriage.
Good food is a Topsham speciality with many historic pubs, and award-winning restaurants. Topsham shopping also offers a vibrant mix of boutiques, galleries, gifts, fine wines and foods, and antiques including several floors to browse at the former Customs House on the quay.
Further along, the narrow Goat Walk beside the Exe estuary offers wonderful views and sunsets. These estuary mudflats and Bowling Green Marsh RSPB Reserve are home to a vast array of water-birds including avocet, dunlin, little ringed plover, and little egret.
Something a little different
Topsham's charming passenger ferry deposits passengers (and bikes) across the Exe for pleasant walking and pub lunches at two idyllic waterside pubs, the Turf and Double Locks. You can also take short or long cruises to discover the wildlife of the Exe estuary or to Exmouth's sandy beaches.