Visit Topsham and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Topsham, Devon. From Roman times to the 19th century, Topsham was Exeter's port. From 1282, when the spiteful Countess built her weir, till the Exeter ship canal was opened in 1567, it boomed. At other times some trade by-passed it. Although now part of Exeter, it has never become a suburb, always keeping its own character and life, in the past building ships, sending more ships than any other port to catch cod off Newfoundland, catching herring locally and salmon in the estuary. Its ports, like so many, died because it was too shallow for big steamships, but the remnants can be seen at the waterfront: derelict warehouses and shipyards; rotting hulls in the mud. The Strand is extraordinarily attractive with it row of “Dutch” houses built c. 1700-25 by merchants who sold cloth to Holland. It ends at a small slipway and a place where local children sail model yachts. Parking is generally difficult and there is no real tourist commercialization. There are, however, many pubs worth inspecting and, at No. 25 The Strand, a small museum.
Some l½ miles north east, on what was then heath round Clyst St Mary, the 1549 Prayer Book rebels suffered their decisive defeat at the hands of Lord Russell, principal recipient of dissolved monastic lands in the West Country.
Nearby cities: Exeter
Nearby towns: Budleigh Salterton, Dawlish, Exmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth
Nearby villages: Exminster, Exton, Farringdon, West Hill, Woodbury Salterton, Yettington
Have you decided to visit Topsham or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Topsham bed and breakfast (a Topsham B&B or Topsham b and b)
- a Topsham guesthouse
- a Topsham hotel (or motel)
- a Topsham self-catering establishment, or
- other Topsham accommodation