Choose Topsham for your self catering holiday cottage and you have chosen well. Lying on the banks of the River Exe, the town has an ‘olde worlde’ charm all of its own and is ideally located between the cathedral City of Exeter, just 4 miles away, and the seaside resort of sunny Exmouth.
First an ancient Roman settlement, Topsham became a Charter Town in 1300 and developed into a major British port renowned for shipbuilding. A stroll around its fascinating streets and passageways will reveal unique and quirky buildings with Dutch style houses from its maritime past built by merchants in the 17th Century, and fine examples of Georgian and Edwardian architecture.
There are river walks and wildlife to be enjoyed with many a quiet place to sit and watch the sailing boats go by, a Saturday morning market, an abundance of characterful shops, restaurants and inns, and the Quay Centre selling its wares of antiques, bygones and collectables.
Day trips are easily organized with regular buses to Exeter and Exmouth and by train to Exeter, Exmouth or further along the coast to Torbay. There are boat trips to be enjoyed from Topsham and bicycle hire is available to explore the Exe Estuary Trail of the National Cycle Network (Route 2) with access to both sides of the River.
You can be as active or as quiet as you wish during your holiday at this lovely location by the River, with plenty of activities available for those wishing to seek them out, and lots to watch and absorb if you prefer the quiet life; an ideal choice offering something for every member of the family.