Exeter in Focus… Topsham

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

Topsham today is a part of the city of Exeter. It is a popular place to live as well as to visit. Its location, just two miles off the M5 motorway, midway between Exeter and Exmouth, makes the town easily accessible and it is well served by public transport, including rail and bus services.

Topsham has a sailing club, bowling green, heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a recreational ground with children’s playground and skateboard park. There are numerous other activities to pursue in Topsham or nearby: walking, sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, canoeing, cycling, golf, bird watching (the Exe Estuary is a protected bird sanctuary) and much more.

The Goat Walk beside the Exe Estuary offers wonderful views and sunsets and every Sunday the community gather there for a walk and talk. Topsham’s charming passenger ferry takes passengers (and bikes) across the Exe for pleasant walking and pub lunches. You can also take short or long cruises to discover the wildlife of the Exe Estuary or to Exmouth’s sandy beaches.

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.

Good food is a Topsham speciality with its own Food Festival and many historic pubs, tea rooms, cafes and award-winning restaurants and the outstanding Darts Farm Shopping Village. One of my favourites is The Passage House Inn, a fellow finalist in this year’s Exeter Living Awards! I love sitting outside, enjoying a drink and the peaceful views across the estuary.

Average Sales and Lettings values for Topsham, Exeter

Topsham is a firm favourite with families and there are numerous Toddler Groups and The Topsham School is always oversubscribed. Due to its popularity and beautiful location property prices in Topsham tend to be higher.

SALES Past 5 Years Past 12 Months
Current Average Value Quantity Sold Increase / Decrease in Value Quantity Sold Increase / Decrease in Value
Flats £259,457 101 20.33% / £43,834 17 -1.72% / -£4,548
Terraced £378,713 183 20.19% / £63,616 24 -2.33% / -£9,029
Semi Detached £406,273 64 28.28% / £89,560 17 7.17% / £27,200
Detached £617,166 87 21.01% / £107,136 24 -0.05% / -£321
2 Bed Flats Between £725 – £1,350
3 Bed Houses Between £850 – £1,600

* correct as of June 2018.

My Favourites

The Passage House Inn
With stunning views across the Estuary, a wide selection of real ales – a wonderful Gastro Pub

The Lighter Inn
A family friendly pub on the Quay, with lots of outside seating, serving excellent crab sandwiches.

The Boathouse Creperie
Located near the ferry, a cute café offering lots of dairy and gluten free alternatives

Route 2
A popular eco-café and Topsham’s cycling hub, with live music and Games Nights at the weekend They also offer self-catering apartments.

Pig and Pallet
Great for relaxed rustic gatherings and good meat.

Denley’s Essence of India
Award-winning contemporary Indian food, they also offer a take away service.

Topsham Outdoor Pool
Opens between April and September. The pool is heated and if you are feeling brave join ‘The Nutters Club’ for an early morning dip from 6am!


Some Beautiful Images of Topsham, Exeter


Kelly Forrester
Director, Clear Property


Kelly Forrester

Kelly Forrester

Company Director


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