Visiting Teignmouth

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 Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum. The beaches are ideal for kids who want to go paddling, while 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 complements 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.

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