With a classic crescent of Georgian buildings, Teignmouth is a real hidden gem on the South Devon coast – both an historic port and classic seaside resort. With all the traditional attractions of a coastal holiday destination you won’t need to venture far to find a promenade, Victorian pier, a lido, shops and parks.
There are two distinct sides to Teignmouth – the sea front and the harbour side. It’s this beautiful contrast and the fact that everything is within easy reach that makes the town so special.
Records of Teignmouth date back to 1044, when the town was originally two separate villages. By the 14th century Teignmouth was a significant port, and as a consequence was subject to various attacks. By the 1800s Teignmouth was becoming fashionable for visitors, and to this day the town remains a functioning harbour, sitting comfortably as a town for tourists as well as trade.
Things to do
You can literally just wander around and discover a range of things to do in Teignmouth, including discovering the history of the resort at the Teign Heritage Centre. The beaches are ideal for kids who want to go paddling. Further afield there are some scenic footpaths that will take you all the way to Dartmoor if you want to push yourself physically. Make sure you also check out the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company, who offer boat trips from the town.
Food and drink
Teignmouth and the nearby village of Shaldon offer a surprising range of internationally inspired cuisine. For a genuine Italian experience try the Coliseum, a real hit for its pizzas, while the Oystercatchers Café does a hearty breakfast in comfortable family friendly surroundings.
Something a little different
Teignmouth’s Grand Pier is a magnificent Victorian structure and compliments the town with fine views across the bay. Situated in the middle of the sea front, it offers you all the traditional attractions and entertainment in the Great British spirit of the seaside.
A long sandy beach from the mouth of the River Teign east towards Dawlish. Free summer...0.06 miles away
Located on the estuary side of town, this charming beach takes you back to days gone by. Local...0.21 miles away
A mix of shingle and sand, the beach gently shelves towards the estuary mouth with views over...0.6 miles away
Shaldon Zoo offers a perfect place to visit for young and old alike. The Trust is home to a unique...0.62 miles away
Ness Cove at Shaldon nestles in between magnificent red cliffs and is accessed via an original...0.73 miles away
Devon by Bike provides safe, flat, traffic-free, cycling holidays in Devon. We arrange B&B...1.12 miles away
A small cove situated at the base of the cliffs between Teignmouth and Dawlish. A small isolated...1.66 miles away
Situated to the north of the Teign Estuary, Little Haldon is particularly important for its large...2.12 miles away
Rock pools to explore, occasional sightings of dolphins, brightly coloured painted beach huts,...2.32 miles away
Within a short walk from the town centre, Dawlish Town Beach is ideal to escape the hustle and...2.81 miles away
The family beach resort with shops, amusements, go-karts, adventure golf, pubs and accommodation. A...4.23 miles away
This is a great beach for all ages! Sand castles and paddling for the young and a wide variety of...4.26 miles away