Surrounding Area: Teignmouth
Teignmouth is an historic port on the mouth of the Teign estuary. It has all the attractions of a seaside town, including a Victorian pier. Teignmouth is a working harbour, with many vessels including large ships, fishing boats and pleasure craft, entering and leaving the port. It also benefits from excellent road/rail links including easy access to the A380 dual carriageway to Exeter and the M5 Motorway into Torbay. In addition, Teignmouth boasts a main line railway station with a frequent and fast service to London Paddington.
Teignmouth is a town of two different characters. Along the seaward edge of the town is ‘the Den’, a large open space with lawns and flower beds that runs along the length of the town – between the promenade and an elegant crescent of Georgian buildings. The Den is where most of the town’s holiday activities take place.
As well as a pier, there is a theatre, model railway, children’s play areas, tennis courts, bowling greens and a miniature lighthouse that marks the entrance to the harbour.
The estuary side of the town has a very different atmosphere. Boats rest peacefully in the busy harbour, ferries take people across the estuary mouth to the quaint picturesque village of Shaldon, just across the water. The estuary is a lively place, with waterside inns, boats for hire, fishing boats, yachts and beach huts – set against the stunning backdrop of Shaldon and the rolling fringes of Dartmoor, which can be seen in the distance.
The rest of the town is a thriving mixture of shopping areas, interesting old back streets, pedestrian precincts and open public spaces.
The town has a very relaxed feel to it, as you wind your way through narrow streets that suddenly open up into an open area, with more narrow streets and alleys beckoning you to investigate them. The town is an ideal place to explore – find a pavement cafe and just watch the world go by.
Aerial View of Teignmouth