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There are several ferry services operating on the Exe Estuary, many of which offer scenic cruises as well as foot ferries across the estuary.  For a free informative map of the ferry routes on the estuary as well as foot and cycle paths, download a copy of the Exe Explorer here.

Several of the ferry operators provide Avocet cruises during the winter, some of which are guided by experts from the RSPB

Stuart Line Cruises

Sail from Exmouth throughout the year offering circular scenic cruises on the river, guided bird watching, summer coastal cruises and day trips to local towns: Topsham, Sidmouth and Torbay.  All vessels have seating, refreshments and toilets on board.
Tel: 01395 222144
Web: www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk

Starcross Ferry

Exe to Sea Cruises

Starcross to Exmouth ferry, trips to Brixham, coastal cruises, fishing trips and bird watching cruises including winter RSPB Avocet Cruises.  
Cruises Tel: 07974 772681 / 07812 729212
Fishing Trips Tel: 07974 022536
Web: www.exe2sea.co.uk

The Sea Dream II Ferry

Topsham to Turf Locks and RSPB bird watching cruises. The Turf Locks Hotel is a family run pub serving great food, local ales and wines.
Tel: 07778 370582
Web: www.topshamtoturfferry.co.uk

Topsham Ferry

Topsham to Exminster ferry. Other services include water taxi, boat supervision and maintenance, etc.
Tel: 07801 203338.

The White Heather

Double Locks to Turf Lock
Tel: 07884 164255


Exeter Quay Ferry

Access Information

Disabled Access
Disabled access is available on the majority of circular cruises from Exmouth.  Access is limited on the rest of the ferry services due to the unsuitable nature of the docks, however, ferry crew are keen to help wherever possible.  Please contact individual services for more information.

Bicycles are accepted but can be subject to a charge or limited at peak times.  Bicycles are permitted on trains as long as they are stored safely.

Well behaved dogs on leads accepted on all services but may be subject to a small charge.


Historical perspective

'800 years of Exe Ferry Crossings' - leaflet produced by Exeter City Council