24 hours in Topsham

P erched on the River Exe, the estuary town of Topsham has a rich maritime history, stunning scenery, great eateries and plenty of fun things to do.

You could easily spend a whole weekend exploring Topsham, but we've created the perfect 24 hour escape to inspire your next day out in the South West.

Located just four miles from the historic city of Exeter, Topsham is easy to reach by car, bus or the Avocet trainline – one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the country.

MORNING

Start the day at Darts Farm. This multi-award-winning food village on the outskirts of Topsham is home to a fantastic restaurant, which showcases locally-grown produce and artisan products. After devouring a hearty breakfast, browse the beautiful range of products created by local craftsmen with passion and dedication.

From here, stroll the leisurely mile into town for a spot of antiquing, the Quay Antiques Centre is the place to go. Built post-war in 1947 as a (bomb-proof) Rank Flour storage building, it changed hands multiple times over the years, before a group of Topsham business people took over the building, and it was reborn as the antiques centre in 1992. Collectables, retro and vintage items are spread labyrinth-like over three floors and 9000 square feet – you’ll be sure to find something special.

AFTERNOON

The Boathouse Topsham offers lunch-goers something a little different. Its Galette menu features large savoury pancakes, made from buckwheat - and filled and topped with delicious produce - including smoked salmon and cream cheese, chorizo and fried eggs. There’s vegetarian and vegan options too.

Spend the afternoon treading the trail of the Topsham Goat Walk. This moderate, one-hour (2.5mile) route showcases the town’s quaint 17th century buildings, the Riverside Strand Museum and the array of rare and fascinating wildlife that live in the Bowling Green Marshes – including avocet, dunlin, little ringed plover, and little egret water birds.

On the return journey, keep your eyes peeled for the mural on Fore Street. Commissioned by Sue and Roger Bendell and painted by Kathryn Wragg, it depicts salmon fishing in the River Exe, once a thriving industry.

EVENING

Finish the day with a fine-dining experience at The Globe, a sixteenth-century coaching inn. Here, each dish is lovingly handcrafted using the finest west country produce, menu favourites include lamb shank and pork belly. In the winter months, the characterful dining room with open fires and low beams offers a welcoming atmosphere - but during the summer months, the terrace is the place to be. Tuck into something delicious whilst enjoying a pint of St Austell Brewery’s award-winning ale in the sunshine.

Looking for somewhere to rest your head too? This historic pub is also home to 21 boutique en-suite bedrooms, each boasting contemporary décor, modern amenities and plenty of characterful aspects. There’s dog friendly, family-sized and adapted rooms available. 

STAY A LITTLE LONGER

Stay a little longer and experience the long and short river cruises available along the River Exe – which will take you to some of Exmouth’s beautiful sandy beaches.