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Ice cream in Topsham


The quaint historic estuary port of Topsham has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with an eclectic cluster of specialist shops and fine restaurants, plus wonderful sunsets above the estuary.
Once a thriving port and shipbuilding centre, Topsham still retains a strong maritime flavour.

Distinctive buildings include elegant 17c Dutch-style merchant houses in The Strand like attractive Topsham Museum where interesting exhibitions include Vivian Leigh memorabilia of Gone With The Wind fame, linked to Topsham through her first marriage.

Good food is a Topsham speciality with many historic pubs, and award-winning restaurants including La Petite Maison (Taste of the West Silver Award) and The Georgian Tea Room (Taste of the West Gold Award).

Topsham shopping also offers a vibrant mix of boutiques, galleries, gifts, fine wines and foods, and antiques including several floors to browse at the former Customs House on the quay.

On Topsham's outskirts, you will also find Darts Farm, a treasure trove of delicious local produce and lifestyle shopping.

Further along, the narrow Goat Walk beside the Exe estuary offers wonderful views and sunsets. These estuary mudflats and Bowling Green Marsh RSPB Reserve are home to a vast array of water-birds including avocet, dunlin, little ringed plover, and little egret.

Topsham's charming passenger ferry deposits passengers (and bikes) across the Exe for pleasant walking and pub lunches at two idyllic waterside pubs, the Turf and Double Locks. You can also take short or long cruises to discover the wildlife of the Exe estuary or to Exmouth's sandy beaches.

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Road Directions

From Exeter take Topsham Road (A3015).

Public Transport Directions

Topsham is located on the Avocet train line, mid way between Exeter and Exmouth. For more information about the scenic route visit

It can also be reached by bus from Exeter Bus Station by using Route 57. For times check out


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