Topsham

09:48 15 April 2010

The austere, stone-clad St Nicholas Church.

The austere, stone-clad St Nicholas Church.

Situated on the bank of the attractive River Exe between the seaside resort of Exmouth and the City of Exeter, the picturesque town of Topsham has been featured in countless photographs and paintings over the years. It is a fascinating place to visit, with a wide variety of architectural styles to admire, and a superb range of shops and eating places.

A stroll along the main street will reward you with views of a whole range of styles, from Georgian Tearooms and Elizabethan-style buildings to the austere, stone-clad St Nicholas Church.

In the Strand is an attractive row of Dutch houses, built by Topsham merchants in the early 1700s. Also in the Strand is the fascinating Topsham Museum, situated in an original 17th century house.

Topsham features a most interesting ranges of shops, offering all the basic essentials, plus fashion, footwear, souvenirs and gifts. The Quay Centre, housed in a huge former warehouse, features everything from antiques and bygones to collectables and furnishings.

Wining and dining in Topsham is a pleasurable experience, with cafes, restaurants and pubs catering for all tastes. Many of the venues feature locally caught seafood, and if you fancy a pub meal or a drink in friendly company you are spoilt for choice with 10 pubs situated within a few minutes walk of each other. Among the most famous is the Bridge Inn, built in the 11th century.

There are many events organised throughout the year. The main event is Topsham Town Fayre, held this year from August 20 to 27. There is a whole range of events for all the family to enjoy, and one of the finest carnivals in the West Country on Saturday, August 27.

Topsham is situated on the beautiful River Exe, overlooking tranquil mudflats which attract a huge variety of birds and other wildlife. It is enclosed on one side by the estuary, and on the other side by the River Clyst.

There are bird hides in the area and, whether you decide to drive, walk or cycle, the surrounding scenery including the nearby villages is a pleasure to behold.

0 comments

More from Exmouth Journal

12:32

A trip back to Cornwall takes point-to-point racehorse followers to Great Trethew this Sunday (February 26) where East Cornwall host their meeting at the popular track near Menhenoit, writes Donna Harris.

Read more
12:32

She may not have climbed to the top step of the podium but Exmouth judoka Donna Riggs insisted she couldn’t have been happier after clinching a silver medal at the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sports) Nationals this past weekend.

Read more
12:30

Birthday celebrations to mark the 90th anniversary of the Exmouth branch of The Royal British Legion were held alongside the club’s annual general meeting.

Read more
10:17

Budleigh Salterton Under-14 girl’s shared the spoils in their Devon League meeting with West Exe, the contest ending 1-1, writes SpursTom.

Read more
10:12

There was plenty of drama both on and off the course at a high class Buckfastleigh meeting, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
10:00

An account manager who grew up in Exmouth is to run her first marathon in memory of her mum.

Read more
06:30

Workshops in comedy, stand-up, performance, acting, painting, poetry and craft are some of the events taking place as part of the 2017 Exmouth Art Trail.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30

Salterton Drama Club’s next production is coming soon.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:50

Brixington Blues Under-10s proved too strong for Twyford Spartans, beating the Tiverton side 6-0 with Morgan Hooper netting a hat-trick.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:27

The death of a woman who fell from her horse at Bicton Arena was ‘a most unfortunate’ accident, an inquest has heard.

Read more
12:32

A trip back to Cornwall takes point-to-point racehorse followers to Great Trethew this Sunday (February 26) where East Cornwall host their meeting at the popular track near Menhenoit, writes Donna Harris.

Read more
12:32

She may not have climbed to the top step of the podium but Exmouth judoka Donna Riggs insisted she couldn’t have been happier after clinching a silver medal at the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sports) Nationals this past weekend.

Read more
12:30

Birthday celebrations to mark the 90th anniversary of the Exmouth branch of The Royal British Legion were held alongside the club’s annual general meeting.

Read more
10:17

Budleigh Salterton Under-14 girl’s shared the spoils in their Devon League meeting with West Exe, the contest ending 1-1, writes SpursTom.

Read more
10:12

There was plenty of drama both on and off the course at a high class Buckfastleigh meeting, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
10:00

An account manager who grew up in Exmouth is to run her first marathon in memory of her mum.

Read more
06:30

Workshops in comedy, stand-up, performance, acting, painting, poetry and craft are some of the events taking place as part of the 2017 Exmouth Art Trail.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30

Salterton Drama Club’s next production is coming soon.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:50

Brixington Blues Under-10s proved too strong for Twyford Spartans, beating the Tiverton side 6-0 with Morgan Hooper netting a hat-trick.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:27

The death of a woman who fell from her horse at Bicton Arena was ‘a most unfortunate’ accident, an inquest has heard.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:05

Exmouth Hospital boasts a state-of-the-art prostate cancer diagnostic service thanks to the tireless fundraising of pensioner Geoff.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:51

Katie Williams takes first place in our iwitness24 photo competition.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

District bosses say they will not begin building on Exmouth seafront if an application is approved, despite saying it would permit them to ‘take forward development’.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:58

Brixington United Under-8s were unbeaten in matches against Stoke Hill and Alphington.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:58

Brixington Blues Under-8s were comfortable 6-0 winners when they met Alphington.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Controversial plans to open a Tesco Express store in Budleigh Salterton have been revived, the supermarket giant has revealed.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:52

Budleigh Salterton residents are being urged to take part in an annual golf event to raise funds for a charitable group in the town.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:27

Budleigh Salterton Reserves were thumped 6-0 at Greenway Lane by visiting Dawlish United when the sides met to contest Macron League Division Two points, writes SpursTom.

Read more
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Exmouth United Under-12s stormed back from being behind no fewer than three times to go on and record a 6-3 success over Twyford Spartans in an Exeter and District Youth League meeting.

Read more
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Budleigh Salterton Under-16s were 2-0 victors when they entertained Feniton in an Exeter and District Youth League Division One game, writes SpursTom.

Read more
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Budleigh Salterton Carnival Club is holding a fundraising event on Saturday, March 4, at Ladram Bay.

Read more
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Brixington Blues Under-12s returned from a visit to Cullompton Tigers with a point from a 2-2 draw.

Read more
Sunday, February 19, 2017

An Exmouth superstore has shown its support for the town’s RNLI volunteers with a £500 donation.

Read more
Sunday, February 19, 2017

An East Budleigh man swapped managing level crossings for husky driving and ice fishing in freezing cold temperatures for charity.

Read more
Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Viennese Strauss Gala is at the Exmouth Pavilion soon.

Read more
Saturday, February 18, 2017

The fundraising campaign to send Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein to an international competition in Bermuda is nearing its target.

Read more
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Exmouth Visions players Morgan and Jonty Wright made the short trip to Wellington School during half-term to play in a competition that drew other players from across the South West attending.

Read more
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tree felling work is expected to take place this month to protect power lines in Budleigh Salterton.

Read more
Friday, February 17, 2017

The Beehive in Honiton will be hosting the Devon-based folk/roots duo Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, who are touring their latest album, entitled The Watchmaker’s Wife.

Read more
Friday, February 17, 2017

The district council has called on car park users to take advantage of the cheaper car park prices, which end on March 31.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 10°C

Most read

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications