Places along the line


Exeter is the county town of Devon and provides a dynamic blend of ancient and modern. Enjoy it for its heritage, especially the cathedral, the historic quayside and the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery.   An excellent way to see the sights is on a guided walk with Exeter’s Red Coat Guides, who provide a varied range of tours throughout the year.

Exeter also provides excellent shopping, from large department stores to speciality shops. And enjoy it in the evening for theatre, music and entertainment and a fabulous range of food and drink.

Other places to visit close to Exeter Central station include-


The newest station on the line (opened June 2015). For more information about journeys from Newcourt, see the leaflet.


The historic port of Topsham is just 4 miles from the centre of Exeter. Once a more important port than Exeter it is famous for its shipbuilding history and its interesting range of fascinating architecture, including Dutch style merchants houses.

Topsham has a very fine local museum, an antiques centre on the quayside, and a varied range of shops and places to eat and drink.  The award winning Darts Farm, which specialises in West Country produce and includes a RSPB shop, is about a 15 minute walk from the station.

Topsham is home to the RSPB reserve at Bowling Green Marsh, described by the RSPB as “one of the best places to watch birds in South West England”.  It is an important haven for the many water birds which over-winter on the Exe Estuary, but there is plenty to see throughout the year.  It is easily accessible from both the railway station and the Exe Estuary Trail.


Lympstone is a picturesque and thriving village nestling around a small harbour.  There are three pubs within a couple of minutes walk from the station – The Swan, Redwing Bar and Dining, and The Globe.  There is also a cafe a shop.   It is a good stopping off point on the Exe Estuary Trail.


The seaside charms of Exmouth have been popular since therailway line opened in 1861.  Exmouth is the western gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site,  is on the South West Coast Path, and has 2 miles of golden sands.  Enjoy a river cruise along the Exe, a jurrasic coast cruise to Sidmouth, or a day trip by boat to Torquay or Brixham.

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