TOPSHAM, Devon

Topsham is an attractive town on the Exe estuary, Devon, in England's Westcountry. Now part of Exeter, it nevertheless maintains a distinctive identity. Loved by its locals, and savoured by those who visit, Topsham offers river walks; wildlife; a Saturday morning market; many characterful shops, restaurants and inns; and quiet space to sit and watch the sailing boats go by. But while present-day Topsham is undoubtedly picturesque and has a rich historical heritage, it always has been a working town. Despite no longer being one of the great trading ports of Britain, it continues to have a very strong business and commercial life, with traditional maritime trades continuing alongside the modern and computerised. The site aims to support and encourage the current and future community, so that the history which awaits us may be just as interesting and rewarding.

Topsham - looking north from Quay

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Topsham is easy to reach by road and public transport, and also makes an excellent centre for exploring east, south and central Devon, as well as the Jurassic coast of Devon and west Dorset. Wessex Trains run an hourly direct service from Topsham to Paignton, enabling day trips to popular coastal destinations such as Dawlish, Teignmouth and Torquay.

The Exeter-Exmouth train: half-hourly; all day; to/from Exeter St Davids and Central. Trains alternately go on to Paignton and Barnstaple.
The 57 Exeter-Exmouth bus: every 12 minutes; all day; to/from Exeter Bus Station; terminus at Topsham High Street.
The T bus: to/from Exeter High Street; Mo/Fri and Sat, half-hourly 10am-2pm, terminus at Topsham Quay.

Sea Dream II: Topsham to Turf Ferry
The Sea Dream II, owned and operated by Steve and Marianne Garrett, offers return sailings to the popular Turf Locks Inn, Sat & Sun Easter-October, daily Easter holidays and early May to mid-September. RSPB bird-watching cruises, Dec-March. Also available for private charter. All enquiries: 07778 370582 For Sea Dream II sailing times, see www.topshamtoturfferry.co.uk.

Topsham Ferry and Water Taxi
Ferry from The Passage to Turf Lock. Summer: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-5.30pm. Closed Tuesdays. Winter: weekends and Bank Holidays, 10.00am-5.00pm. Subject to tides and conditions. Ring 07801 203338 (also for evening water taxi).

Sea approach
For a very useful guide, see Exmouth and River Exe (including Topsham) at visitmyharbour.com. Entrance to the Exe Estuary is quite tricky and tide-critical.

More on buses
Stagecoach Buses - Local bus timetables
Dartline Coaches - Clyst St Mary based.
Western Travel - Coach hire, excursions, group travel.

Trains
First Great Western Trains - South West Intercity Routes, timetables and Information.
National Rail Enquiries - Source page for 'British Rail' train times: extremely useful service that quickly calculates your route and timetable, even if it's cross-network, given where and when you want to go.


Cycling
Topsham is on the Exe Estuary Trail section of National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2, with convenient access to routes on both sides of the Exe.
Route 2  - this Cafe Bar also offers cycle hire, repairs and maintenance.

Miscellaneous
Exeter International Airport - the official website.
Exeter City Council Public Transport page
exe co-cars - Community Car Club
Topsham Car Parking and Travel - Buses, trains and automobiles of course!
Topsham & the M5 - How to get to Topsham from the M5.
Topsham Street Map - How to get around in Topsham.

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