Head to Topsham this Sunday for just £3 return from either Exeter Central or Exmouth.
Trains are now half-hourly through most of the day. Our top picks for a great day out include…
1. Topsham to Turf ferry
Take a relaxing day out on the beautiful River Exe. Cruise the estuary from Topsham to the delightful Turf Lock Inn. Half an hour round trip or stay and explore the other side. Sea Dream II sails from Trout’s Boatyard in Topsham situated between the Lighter Inn and St Margaret’s steps.
2. L’Estuaire bistro bar
The perfect place for casual and relaxed dining in Topsham. L’estuaire serves up mediterranean classics, coffee, smoothies, milkshakes and tasty cocktails every day with a warm welcome.
3. Topsham Museum
Topsham Museum is housed in one of a group of late 17th century buildings overlooking the Exe Estuary. Admission is free and children are always welcome. Currently there are special exhibitions about ‘Topsham in World War 1’ with details about those who served and where they were posted.
4. Passage House Inn
Fresh local produce and a fantastic range of beers, wines and real ales makes the Passage House Inn a great place for a hearty Sunday lunch. Great views over the Exe Estuary seal the deal.
5. The Lighter Inn
Pictured at the top of this article, the Lighter Inn is a picturesque pub-restaurant situated right on the water, overlooking the Exe estuary. It prides itself on its award-winning Dorset ales and on serving up fresh, unpretentious, seasonal dishes with quality ingredients sourced from local family businesses.
6. Bowling Green Marsh
Photo: Andy Hay
Bowling Green Marsh is one of the best places in the South West to watch birds. It’s on the east bank of the Exe Estuary, within easy walking distance of Topsham High Street. Throughout the year, the open water attracts many different species of wetland birds. Little grebes, mute swans and a variety of ducks breed here. Find out more from the RSPB about the reserve, events and volunteering on 01392 833311.
7. Town Trail walk
A gentle stroll around picturesque Topsham, Exeter’s main port for much of its history and once a busy centre of shipbuilding and commerce. The walk travels along the riverside Goat Walk to where the two rivers meet, returning to the station via an RSPB bird reserve (see no.6 above).
Find out more: Walk directions
8. The Quay Antique Centre
Three floors of furniture, lighting, silver, jewellery, tools, pictures, ceramics, kitchenalia, clocks, books and much more.
9. Route 2 Cafe
Selected by The Guardian as ‘one of the top 10 cycling cafés in the UK’, Route 2 is located just off Topsham Quay, a stone’s throw from the River Exe estuary, directly on the National Cycle Network Route 2 cycle path that connects Exeter, Exmouth and the whole of the West Country.
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