TOPSHAM, Devon

Topsham is a unique town on the Exe estuary, Devon, just three miles from Exeter in England's West country. Loved by its locals, and savoured by those who visit. Topsham offers breathtaking river walks, independent shops, antiques and galleries, restaurants and pubs, or just a beautiful space to stop on your bike ride and watch the boats go by with a pint.

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Topsham

Travel to Topsham near Exeter


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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.

Trains
The Exeter-Exmouth train: half-hourly; all day; to/from Exeter St Davids and Central. Trains alternately go on to Paignton and Barnstaple. 

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.

Buses
The 57 Exeter-Exmouth bus: every 12 minutes; all day; to/from Exeter Bus Station; thre are stops on Topsham High Street, Station Road, and Elm Grove Road. Every 15 mins during day (half-hourly Sundays), hourly in evenings. Last bus back from Topsham 21:44 from Lord Nelson. Timetable (PDF format).
The T bus: to/from Exeter High Street; terminus at Topsham Quay. All day, half-hourly: last bus back from Topsham 23.59 (23:29 Sundays). Timetable (PDF format).

Car Parking
There are four pay & display car parks in Topsham; their fees/times/locations are on the Exeter Council site.
Generally, parking in Topsham is limited. On the main thoroughfares, parking is mostly on a 1-hour basis (no return within 2 hours) Mon-Sat. Outside these times, you can park on the wider streets, and then take a short walk into the centre of town.

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.


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 & the M5 - How to get to Topsham from the M5.
Topsham Street Map - How to get around in Topsham.

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