• Attractive harbour town
  • Excellent food
  • Boat trips

Topsham is an attractive Devon town on the outskirts of Exeter. Topsham has a rich and varied history. First documented as a Roman settlement, it was granted a Charter as a town on 22nd August 1300 by Edward I, developing into a major British port and shipbuilding centre that in its heyday rivaled London.

Today Topsham is a bustling town well known for its food. On March 31st 2006 Topsham was judged Best Small Town for Food in the Western Morning News annual Food Towns awards. The Georgian Tearoom recently won the ´Best Tearoom / Cafe in Devon´ award, the Galley Restaurant ´Best Restaurant in Devon´, La Petite Maison ´South West Restaurant of the Year´, Denley´s Essence of India the 2007 ´Exeter Curry Chef award´, and Oliva the ´Devon Life Restaurant of the Year´ award.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Topsham and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

With its sheltered harbour it has thrived as a port, a centre for fishing and shipbuilding. It is of current interest for its architecture, scenery and proximity to the nature reserves for wading and migrating birds on the Exe estuary, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

There are a large number of Dutch style houses in Topsham dating from the time when Topsham was an important cotton port. Many of Topsham´s houses are built using Dutch bricks, which were brought over as ballast from Holland - to where the wool and cotton from South-West England had been exported.

Topsham Museum is located in one of a set of 17th century buildings looking out over the Exe Estuary. You can take various boat trips from Topsham including the Topsham to Turf ferry which takes you to the Turf Lock Inn from Easter to the end of September.

With Exeter so close by why not hop on a bus and do the University Sculpture Tour?

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