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.
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.