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Really interesting museum with knowledgable volunteers and lovely home made teas

We haven't visited for several years but found it very interesting still. The volunteers were very... read more

Reviewed December 13, 2018
Bideford, United Kingdom
very pleasant location aside the EXE

very pleasant and lovely tea garden. Excellent Museum with many interesting items throughout. Boat... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2018
Dave G
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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25 The Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0AX, England
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

We haven't visited for several years but found it very interesting still. The volunteers were very informative and not in the least pushy as a previous reviewer had complained. They knew a lot about the exhibits and were able to add extra information as asked....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

Me and my partner came across this lovely little museum in the middle of nowhere! It was so quaint and beautiful! However it was ruined by the over pushy volunteers! I just wanted to walk around and enjoy what the museum had to offer! Unfortunately...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

Took part in one of the tours available that explore Dundee *s past .This tour took us underground into recently rediscovered vaults the tour guides Louise and Stewart take you back centuries with their tongue in cheek tales of life interspersed with historical facts about...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

very pleasant and lovely tea garden. Excellent Museum with many interesting items throughout. Boat shaped as a signet although the main boat the 'Swan' traveled along the EXE and actually had a cabin and dining facilities Captain Peacock at the helm

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dave G
Reviewed September 2, 2018

I adore this little museum. Full of interesting exhibits. Delightful ladies that run it. The garden is wonderful, a peaceful retreat to enjoy a coffee or one of their Real homemade english cream teas. English eccentricity at its best. Topsham has a great antiques market...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

Unexpected gem. Miles better than you would expect - a very good collection of small boats and artefacts related to the local river trade and salmon fishery, attached to a superbly well presented 17th century house with rooms carefully preserved from the time of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

A hidden gem. Lots of interesting information about the village and how it has developed over the years. Child friendly.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank fersmeare
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

The museum was a great place to find out more about the history of Topsham and was very interesting. They have a little cafe which do good creme teas as well.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank emily_159309
Reviewed August 2, 2018

Visited by appointment to undertake ship owner’s research. How have I lived here for 40+ years and yet this was my first visit! It really is a gem not to be missed! The staff, who are all volunteers, were all very welcoming and helpful. The...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Great afternoon at this small but well laid out museum, definitely worth a visit. Lots to see and do in Topsham on a beautiful estuary 😊

Date of experience: July 2018
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October 2, 2018|
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Response from sivarnee | Reviewed this property |
Guide Dogs Permitted. Parking at the museum is limited
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September 14, 2018|
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Response from Dave G | Reviewed this property |
Admission is FREE but of course, you can make a donation! weekday opening is 2 pm to 5 pm not sure about Saturday or weekends? Well worth a visit!