Choose Exmouth or Topsham for your Exmouth holiday cottages and you are sure to have found the best British seaside holiday resort in Devon. Whether you are looking for a romantic apartment or a family home from home we have the best places to stay in Exmouth and Topsham.
Things To Do in Exmouth and Topsham
Exmouth’s two-mile sandy beach is great for paddling, swimming and building sandcastles. There are rock pools and areas suitable for windsurfing and water skiing. The town has a wealth of tea houses, restaurants and take-aways, numerous historic inns, night spots and live shows. But on the other hand, if you seek none of these, Exmouth is also for those who enjoy the simple pleasures of the outdoors, or watching the world go by, with modern comforts close at hand. A bustling waterfront with the constant activity of working and pleasure craft, windsurfing, water skiing, boat trips to Torbay or up the River Exe to Topsham, are all on offer. Sideshore is an exciting new area with Michael Caines new Beach Bar and Restaurant called Mickey’s having recently opened. Edge Watersports & Exewake offer all kinds of activities from kitesurfing & water-skiing to paddle boarding & yoga.
A ten-minute train ride away is the quaint, historic yet cosmopolitan town of Topsham. Once a bustling port and ship building centre, the town still holds its maritime essence amongst the boutique shops, award winning restaurants & galleries. 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 in one of our Topsham self-catering cottages 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.
Wild Life in Exmouth & Topsham
The Exe estuary supports an abundance of birdlife, including Sandpipers and rare Avocets. An Exe Estuary Circular ticket which combines rail and ferry travel runs between Exeter, Exmouth, Starcross and Exeter in either direction. Exmouth also marks the Western Gateway to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. UNESCO heritage status was given to the coast of Devon and Dorset in 2001 in recognition of its unique landscape, which spans 185 million years of Earth history. One of the real joys of staying in one of our Exmouth holiday lets or Topsham accommodation is that it is possible to enjoy the best of the traditional beach holiday and also engage in a wide range of activities.
History and Geography of Exmouth and Topsham
Bus and rail services link Exmouth to the Cathedral City of Exeter just 12 miles away and the M5 interchange is also within easy access. Dartmoor, Exmoor and Torbay are all within an easy drive.
Prior to the 1700’s, Exmouth was a small fishing town where Sir Walter Raleigh sailed from on his many voyages. Exmouth bloomed from the 18th Century when it became the first holiday resort in Devon, attracting holidaymakers with its beautiful views, beaches & medicinal salt waters. The vibrant Marina you see today evolved from the docks built in the 1860s, holding 611 vessels at its peak. Now the prestigious water-front development hosts some of the finest self-catering in Exmouth with a thriving working community nestled amongst it.
Topsham is ideally located between the cathedral City of Exeter, just 4 miles away, and the seaside resort Exmouth. First an ancient Roman settlement, Topsham became a Charter Town in 1300 and developed into a major British port renowned for shipbuilding. Stroll out of our Topsham holiday lets to the fascinating streets and passageways revealing unique and quirky buildings with Dutch style houses from the maritime past built by merchants in the 17th Century, and fine examples of Georgian and Edwardian architecture.
Exmouth & Topsham provide the perfect holiday for all the family, we also have a range of accommodation in the nearby East Devon coast & country. From Beer and Branscombe through to Sidmouth and Budleigh, you can choose your perfect self-catering accommodation. Whether you fancy a sea-side apartment or a countryside cottage we have a home from home for everyone to enjoy.