Teignmouth, nicknamed the “Gem of South Devon,” is known for its sandy beaches and lovely Georgian architecture. Canoe along the coast, walk down the town’s attractive promenade and watch local fishermen pull in their daily catch.
See the Grand Pier, which originally opened in 1867. Admire the pier’s Georgian and Victorian architecture, as well as the picturesque views across the bay. The pier offers traditional seaside entertainment, including a children’s roller coaster, ten-pin bowling and arcade games.
Teignmouth Town Beach is a long expanse of golden sand stretching from the mouth of the River Teign to Holcombe. The sheltered waters off the coast are ideal for sailing, kayaking, swimming, paddleboarding, Jet Skiing and other watersports. Take the kids to the Den, a popular park on the seafront. The park features a large children’s play area with fountains as well as a golf course, soccer fields and lovely floral displays.
For something a little quieter, head to River Beach on the estuary side of town. Also known as “Back Beach,” this spot is an excellent place to watch the sunset. With locals catching sand eels and fishermen mending their nets, the beach exudes an old-fashioned atmosphere.
Discover the history of Teignmouth and Shaldon at the Teign Heritage Centre. Permanent exhibits are displayed across two galleries, showcasing various local art and artifacts dating from the town’s early history to the present day. Be sure to see the remains of a 16th-century Venetian vessel, the museum’s restored Victorian Bathing Machine and old pier slot machines.
Don’t miss the Teignmouth Farmers Market, which takes place in the Triangle on the last Saturday of every month. The market offers a variety of local produce grown, raised, caught, baked or brewed within 30 miles (48 kilometers) of the town.
With its rail station a few yards from the coast, taking the train is one of the most scenic ways to reach Teignmouth. Alternatively, take the bus or ride a boat from nearby Torbay or Dartmouth.
Accommodation in Teignmouth
Those wanting to stay in Teignmouth are advised to make reservations for a place to stay, as currently there is only a handful of Expedia-rated Teignmouth hotels available.