Looking to spend some time in Topsham? You won’t be disappointed.

Watch the world go by from one of our many cafés; take a river stroll; enjoy the wonderful shopping on your doorstep; or why not order a bowl of local Exe mussels and a pint whilst enjoying the view?

There are also some very handy QUICK GUIDES TO TOPSHAM available online and focussed on all sorts of different visitors – from the foodie to the history buff to the cyclist and dog lover.

Take in the Estuary

Sit at the quay and enjoy goodies from one of the town’s eateries, whilst watching the boats bobbing by.

Alternatively, if you have the experience and tidal knowledge, take out a paddleboard or kayak onto the water. Or are you a beginner? Need kit? Contact Topsham’s own Shaka Watersports for paddleboard lessons and hire.


Wander along the circular route from Fore Street, down to the Strand, along the famous Goat Walk, past the nature reserve and then back along Monmouth Street.


Listen to live music outside one of the local pubs or from buskers in town whilst enjoying a well-earned drink after a day of shopping and sightseeing.


Explore one of the best places in Devon for bird watching at Bowling Green Marsh


Visit Topsham Museum and learn about the town’s maritime heritage and fascinating architecture or enjoy a cream tea in their garden. See their website for opening times May to September.


Bring your own bikes or hire them to cycle along the Exe Estuary Trail following the Exe through Lympstone and on to Exmouth and the sea.


Browse the three floors of Topsham Quay Antique Centre, the riverside warehouse on the quayside and pick up some interesting pieces for your home

Take a ferry

The beautiful little Regnum is one of two ferries ‘cross the estuary to the unique Turf Hotel. More details here for the ferry and here for the Turf. The ferry’s available for bird watching cruises too and private hire for those even-more-special occasions.

Your other option is the Topsham Ferry run by Exeter City Council and takes passengers from Ferry Road by the Passage House Inn across to the Lock Cottage. Then take in a pleasant amble either to Turf for a drink or right towards Countess Weir.


Shop at the many independent shops along Fore Street, The High Street and Strand. Stop for lunch or a coffee and if you’re here on a Saturday morning, make the most of Topsham’s Saturday Market at Matthews Hall. Don’t forget to pick up your Love Topsham card.


The town has its very own outdoor pool run by volunteers. It’s a treasure. See the website for opening times, adult only swimming and kids sessions with inflatables!


Eat at one of the many cafes, pubs or restaurants along Fore Street or overlooking the estuary.

Be Guided

Topsham Guided Walks are free, they’re fun and they’re every Wednesday, May to September, leaving at 2pm from Holman Way car park. There’s a maximum of six in each group for comfort and discussion – first come, first served!

Alternatively, pick up a Topsham Trail leaflet from outside Topsham Museum on the Strand and take a wander in your own time, following the easy to follow guide produced by the museum.