Just outside Exeter and close to the M5 and A30, the delightful town of Topsham is the perfect escape from the city. So you get the best of both worlds, a tranquil estuary town surrounded by gorgeous countryside, but close enough to the bright city lights of Exeter.

Explore Topsham

The pace of life in Topsham is leisurely. While the day away wondering the picturesque streets and riverbanks. Rich with history and heritage, the Dutch gables, Tudor cottages and boutique shops will keep you exploring for a good while. But if that all gets a bit strenuous you can just sit and watch the sailboats go by along the river.

 

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. 

Visit Exeter

This glorious ancient city is just four miles away 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.

 

Enjoy Exeter

See the Jurassic Coast

The famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast begins in Exeter and stretches east for nearly 100 miles. You can literally walk through time as different sections of the coast show different moments in time, spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The oldest section is in nearby Exmouth. 

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Haldon Forest Park

This Forestry-run park has 3,500 acres of woodland to explore just fifteen minutes away. With seemingly endless trails, gentle strollers, dog walkers, orienteerers and mountain-bikers all enjoy the park in perfect harmony. You can even try Nordic Walking, take up archery and explore on a segway. And with no traffic at all, kids and four-legged friends can run free without the worry.

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Dartmoor National Park

Just west of Exeter, lies Dartmoor National Park, with 368 square miles of wilderness to explore, perfect for active holidays and outdoor enthusiasts. Walk, cycle, climb, abseil, photograph, picnic and more. Visit the Visit Dartmoor website and Active Dartmoor for ideas, info and inspiration. 

Walk on Dartmoor

Powderham Castle, gardens and deer park

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 herd of fallow deer, it makes a wonderful day out for all the family. They also have fantastic themed weeks during the school holidays, open-air concerts and outdoor cinema events. Keep an eye on the website to see what’s on… 

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