Topsham occupies an idyllic spot on the eastern bank of the River Exe estuary, just under midway between Exeter and Exmouth.

Pub paradise: There was a time when doing the Topsham Ten was a rite of passage for Exeter University students. Having a pint in each of the town’s pubs was an enjoyable challenge. These days, there aren’t quite so many pubs to choose from, but you can still follow a trail of buildings that were once inns and public houses (more than 40 during the 18th century). 

Bird spotting: Bowling Green Marsh nature reserve, managed by the RSPB, is an area of coastal grazing marsh alongside the River Exe Estuary on the outskirts of Topsham. It's an ideal spot to watch birds up close, including migrating birds and winter flocks of waders, ducks and geese feeding and resting. The footpaths, hide and viewing platform are open at all times. 

Getting around: There are plenty of ways to explore in and round this picturesque town. The Exeter City Council-run Topsham Ferry runs across the river Exe. The Topsham Turf ferry is an independent service and can be booked for private hire. Or let the train take the strain. The Avocet Line is a busy and much-loved railway that runs along the eastern side of Devon's Exe Estuary, stopping at Topsham. 

Darts Farm: The local produce shopping haven is a huge draw for visitors and residents – the hungrier, the better. From the humble farm shop beginnings nearly 50 years ago, Darts Farm has organically grown into a shopping destination, with a huge food hall, drinks cellar, restaurant, fish and chip hut, lifestyle shops and more. There are also regular events throughout the year. 

Topsham Museum: Housed in one of a group of late 17th century buildings overlooking the Exe Estuary, visitors to this eye-catching attraction can enjoy the furnished period rooms of the original Merchant’s House and the Sail Loft. Displays give a timeline of the town’s general history, with much of the focus on Topsham’s maritime history and its role as a trade port and ship building centre.