Hotels in Topsham
Topsham is a historic port village surrounded by beautiful countryside yet only a short distance from the bustling city of Exeter. A wealthy medieval town, Topsham gained its fortune trading cotton with Holland, then subsequently from fishing and shipbuilding. Due to its wonderful sheltered harbour, inclusive community and thriving village life, Topsham has become a highly desirable place in which to live or holiday with easy links to Dartmoor and the wider South-West. Topsham hotels offer comfortable accommodation catering to all budgets and requirements whilst providing expert local knowledge of the area.
A leisurely walk down the handsome old lanes leading to the harbour reveals the wealth that once enriched the area. The impressive Dutch-style houses are a particular highlight. Painted in soft tones of blues and pinks with immaculate gardens, the Dutch houses are a distinct feature of the town. Their lovingly maintained European look form a picturesque backdrop to a relaxing day's sightseeing.
The pleasant ambiance continues along the harbour where you'll find an intimate scene of ramshackle charm. With former workshops and 17th-century merchant houses along Fore Street and The Strand converted into pretty homes, independent shops and an array of eateries serving delicious local produce, there's plenty to enjoy. The harbour was originally the county's main port but now a slower pace of life is cherished. Ferry boats offer scenic views whilst the harbour wall gives you great vantage points for bird watching.
Topsham has a quaint little museum that gives fascinating detail on the town's history. You can also find out about the variety of wildlife on the Exe estuary along with a fabulous swan-like boat.
Wining and dining
For a continental experience in the heart of the West Country, you can visit Pebblebed Vineyard. Set amongst stunning scenery, the expansive vine-covered hills give the perfect backdrop to a delightful day/ evening of good food and the finest wines. Made from grapes harvested from Topsham's green fields, the soft red of Pebblebed's own vintage is a particular favourite.
You'll find a comfortable, warm atmosphere whilst enjoying delicious food at the Bridge Inn. Specialising in regional ales, the inn is one of the oldest buildings in Topsham.
Topsham is ideally situated. The rugged beauty of Dartmoor and the cosmopolitan chic of Exeter are both within easy reach. Exeter provides many historic landmarks and tempting retail opportunities with John Lewis, Jack Wills and many other leading brands having a presence. You can also enjoy tea and cake whilst marvelling at the Norman grandeur of Exeter Cathedral along with its genteel surroundings.
Dartmoor is one of the UK's largest and wildest national parks with wonderful walks and amazing views. From Exeter, the park is relatively easy to get to with bus and train journeys available along with a particularly scenic cycle route.
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