More of a large village than a town, is the location of the most complete surviving pumping station from Brunel’s Atmospheric Railway laid between Exeter and Newton Abbott. Cruises and ferries run from Starcross for bird watching enthusiasts and transport to Exmouth.

Passenger ferries run between Starcross and Exmouth from April to October.

From November to February, 3 to 4 hour Avocet RSPB cruises run from Starcross. With informed commentary and help from volunteers it is possible to see many of the birds that are wintering here in the estuary.