Topsham offers the best of both worlds. The peaceful estuary town is surrounded by gorgeous countryside, yet conveniently sits close to the bright city lights of Exeter. It’s the perfect escape from the urban hustle and bustle, with both the M5 and A30 nearby.
The Globe enjoys riverside walks on its doorstep and offers easy access to the town’s cosmopolitan cluster of specialist shops, restaurants, and more. Here are some of the best things to see and do during your visit.
The pace of life in Topsham is leisurely. Relax and while the day away wondering the picturesque streets and riverbanks. Steeped in history and heritage, the Dutch gables, Tudor cottages, and boutique shops will have you exploring for a good while.
Why not take a seat along the river bank and gaze at the passing sailboats? Don’t miss the Saturday morning market or the famous outdoor pool. Heated to a balmy 28 degrees, it’s the perfect spot for an invigorating morning dip.
This glorious ancient city pre-dates the arrival of the Romans and is just four miles from The Globe. Immerse yourself in Exeter’s heritage as you discover the towering Exeter Cathedral, the medieval underground passages and the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
Take one of the free guided tours with the Red Coat Guides and shop till you drop at Princesshay. The quayside is another highlight. Head to this picturesque corner of the city, where tranquil waters are adorned by an eclectic mix of antique shops and places to eat.
Walk the Jurassic Coast
The famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast begins in Exmouth and stretches east for nearly 100 miles. You can take a fascinating walk through time, with different sections of the coast revealing shifting snapshots across bygone eras.
Trace the footsteps of the dinosaurs and go fossil hunting where you’ll be able to capture your very own slice of history. Such a vast collection of rock types makes for some mind-boggling geology and the landscape is just as beautiful as it is significant.
Haldon Forest Park
This Forestry England-run park boasts 3,500 acres of woodland to explore, and it’s all found just 15 minutes away. With seemingly endless trails, it’s a popular location for gentle strollers, dog walkers, orienteerers, and mountain-bikers, who all enjoy the park in perfect harmony.
You can even try Nordic Walking, take up archery, and explore on a segway. Better still, with no traffic in sight, kids and four-legged friends can run free without worry.
Dartmoor National Park
Just west of Exeter lies Dartmoor National Park, with 368 square miles of wilderness to explore. It’s perfect for active holidays and outdoor enthusiasts.
The dramatic landscape here draws visitors from across the globe, yet even in the height of summer, it never feels remotely crowded. Explore iconic tors, wooded valleys, expanses of open moorland, and flowing rivers. There really is something for everyone; from walks for all abilities, horse-riding and cycling, to photography, geocaching, watersports, climbing, festivals and more.
This charming 600-year-old castle is one of England’s oldest family homes. Set in magical gardens with glorious views over the estuary and home to a herd of fallow deer, it makes a wonderful day out for all the family.
You’ll also find fantastic themed weeks during the school holidays, with popular events such as open-air concerts and outdoor cinema screenings. Keep an eye on the website to see what’s on.