Topsham

Topsham is a small picturesque town on the outskirts of Exeter on the east bank of the Exe estuary. In the past, it was a busy port and much of its history is still evident in the architecture and layout giving it a distinctive identity which is much valued by locals and visitors alike. 

Topsham has much to offer including riverside walks, bird watching, sailing, moorings, independent shops, cafés, restaurants and inns, parks, antiques and a museum. There is a strong sense of community and many events take place throughout the year. Its rich history, charming character, riverside location and proximity to Exeter makes Topsham a popular place to live and this is reflected in the high demand for property which attracts a premium price.    

Topsham has a variety of different architectural styles including Dutch gable houses reflecting its maritime past, Georgian and Edwardian houses, Victorian terraces, Grade II listed buildings, cottages, more modern developments and a few unique modern properties. There are many smaller streets around the High Street which are well worth exploring in order to appreciate the varied nature of the properties. There are also a few bespoke retirement developments dotted around.  On the outskirts of Topsham towards Countess Wear, there are a few recent developments at Greenacres and The Rydons (see Countess Wear area guide) and there is an established park home development at Newport Park.




  • Route 2 Café

    ‘This licensed eco-café … offers an alternative eating and drinking venue that appeals to young and not-so-young alike’

    1 Monmouth Hill, Topsham EX3 0JQ
    01392 875085

    www.route2topsham.co.uk
  • The Passage House Inn  

    ‘Superb range of beers, wines and real ales and a seasonal menu using fresh local produce as much as we can. An ideal spot for a cycle route stop-off or for peaceful views over the Exe Estuary’

    Ferry Rd, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0JN
    01392 873653

    www.passagehouseinntopsham.co.uk
  • Denley's Essence Of India

    ‘We at Denley's specialise in the most sophisticated form of Indian cuisine, that of the Kashmiri region’

    62-64 High St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0DY
    01392 875675

    www.denleysessenceofindia.co.uk
  • The Lighter Inn

    ‘Local ales and global dishes in quayside inn with candle-lit, rustic-chic interiors, plus terrace’

    The Quay, Topsham EX3 0HZ
    01392 875439

    www.lighterinn.co.uk
  • The Globe  

    ‘A characterful 16th century coaching inn located in Topsham'

    34 Fore St, Topsham, Exeter, Devon EX3 0HR
    01392 873471

    www.theglobetopsham.co.uk
  • The Salutation Inn

    ‘Fine dining restaurant, glasshouse and accommodation set in the heart of Topsham’

    68 Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HL
    01392 873060

    www.salutationtopsham.co.uk
  • L’estuaire Bistro & Bar

    ‘The perfect place for casual and relaxed dining….serves mediterranean classics, coffee, smoothies, milkshakes and tasty cocktails six days a week with smiling staff and a genuinely warm welcome’

    The Quay the Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0JB
    01392 876801

    www.lestuaire.co.uk
  • The Galley Restaurant  

    We want to impress you with ‘the best of Devon on a plate’. We are passionate about serving you the freshest Fish and Seafood, simply and stylishly presented’

    41 Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HU
    01392 876078

    www.galleyrestaurant.co.uk
  • Lord Nelson Inn  

    ‘We are a small family run business…all our dishes are produced fresh to order from locally sourced suppliers…we aspire to be a pub in the heart of the community’

    High St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0DU
    01392 877776

    www.thenelsontopsham.co.uk


  • Topsham Train Station

    On the Exeter to Exmouth line

    Station Road, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0DS

    www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/TOP/details.html
  • Local Bus Service

    Exeter to Exmouth - routes T, 57

    www.stagecoachbus.com
  • The Topsham to Turf Ferry (Sea Dream II)

    ‘Cruise across the estuary from Topsham to the delightful Turf Locks. Take in spectacular river views and wonderful wildlife’

    07778 370582

    www.topshamtoturfferry.co.uk
  • Exe Estuary Cycling Trail

    ‘The trail takes you right around the Exe Estuary from Dawlish to Exmouth, passing through the pretty villages of Starcross, Topsham and Lympstone to name a few’

    www.exetrail.co.uk
  • Darts Farm Shopping Village

    ‘Darts Farm is the home of local West Country food and drink and beautifully crafted, luxury gift, home and lifestyle products’

    Darts Farm Village, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QH
    01392 878200

    www.dartsfarm.co.uk
  • RSPB Bowling Green Marsh (Nature Reserve)

    ‘With stunning views across the estuary and out towards Exmouth. The nature reserve has a hide and a viewing platform’

    Bowling Green Rd, Topsham EX3 0BG
    01392 824614

  • Topsham Rugby Club  

    ‘Our game extends beyond the pitch - we train,socialise & support the local community. We are more than just sport’

     Exeter Rd, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0LX 01392 873651

    www.topshamrugby.co.uk
  • Topsham Bowling Club  

    ‘Founded in 1928, a great way to play bowls or just socialise in Topsham’

    Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
    01392 877364

    www.topshambc.co.uk
  • Topsham Swimming Pool  

    ‘Open from late April to Mid September, the pool welcomes locals, visitors, a thriving swimming club and the early morning Nutters’

    Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0HF
    01392 874477

    www.topshampool.com
  • Exeter Golf and Country Club

    ‘Join for swimming, the gym, fitness classes, tennis, squash or golf.. or book a restaurant table or a spa treatment’

    Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 7AE
    01392 874139

    www.exetergcc.co.uk
  • Topsham Sailing Club

    ‘The club has a very active fleet of Cruisers, Dinghies and Yawls whose crews take part in a full programme of weekend and weekday evening racing and social events’

    Hawkins Quay, Ferry Rd, Exeter EX3 0JN
    01392 877524

    www.topsham-sc.org.uk
  • Topsham Recreation Ground

    ‘With a playground, 5 a-side football goals, skateboard run, rebound wall and basketball hoop’

    Ferry Rd, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0JW
    01392 262630

    www.playmapp.co.uk/south-west/devon/east-devon/topsham-recreation-ground
  • Quay Antique

    The Quay, Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0JB 01392 874006

    ‘Opposite the Lighter Inn, with 70 dealers over 3 floors and adjacent parking’

    www.quayantiques.com
  • Matthews Hall

    ‘Community events and available for hire, with its own café and a weekly Saturday market’

    Fore St, Exeter EX3
    01392 876865

    www.matthewshalltopsham.co.uk
  • Topsham Swimming Pool

    ‘Open from late April to Mid September, the pool welcomes locals, visitors, a thriving swimming club and the early morning Nutters’

    Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0HF
    01392 874477

    www.topshampool.com
  • Topsham Museum

    ‘Part of the Museum's focus is on Topsham's maritime history - one particular showpiece is the River Gallery, completed in 2007, featuring unique historic river craft’

    25 Strand, Exeter, Devon EX3 0AX
    01392 873244

    www.devonmuseums.net/Topsham-Museum/Devon-Museums
  • Vivian Leigh

    In 1932, actress Vivian Leigh who started in ‘Gone with the Wind’, married solicitor Herbert Leigh Holman from Topshams’ Holman shipbuilding family and she often visited the town

    www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivien_Leigh
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