Teignmouth at the mouth of the Teign Estuary offers a magical mix of seaside fun and beautiful coastal estuary landscapes. Enjoy a seaside holiday in the shadows of the impressive red sandstone cliffs at Teignmouth, and take a walk along the promenade to the town’s Victorian pier. Teignmouth is a popular destination complete with sea fishing spots, its own museum and the Teignmouth Golf Club, and the Grand Pier itself featuring souvenir stalls and an arcade.
The Teignmouth Lido, a heated outdoor swimming pool, is a popular attraction in the summer months. Visitors will also love The Den, an award-winning park including sports facilities, adventure golf, a children’s play area and food stalls. Hop aboard the daily ferry service between Teignmouth and Shaldon across the River Teign or take a scenic walk via Marine Parade up to the Ness, the spectacular sandstone headland at the river mouth from which you’ll enjoy fantastic sea views.
Teignmouth events include the lively Teignmouth Carnival with its music festival and procession in July, and the town holds a folk festival in June.
Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum
The Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum explores the maritime history of this area, and there’s some great exhibitions on shipwrecks! There’s a mystery story here as well, reflecting on the strange journey of Donald Crowhurst in his yacht the Teignmouth Electron. He left Teignmouth in October 1968 on his single handed race around the world, but along the way mysteriously sent in two logs, and stopped off at South America. His yacht was finally found abandoned in the Mid-Atlantic in July 1969, with no sign of Crowhurst onboard. The story is explored at the museum!
Teignmouth was once famous for shipbuilding, particularly at the Morgan Giles shipyard. Learn more about this shipbuilding company here at the museum. Also of great interest are the exhibits and information on nearby Haldon Airfield. It was an important aerodrome on the early aviation scene, training many pilots during the 1930s, both men and women. There’s an exhibition on bathing machines as well, rather popular in Victorian seaside resort Teignmouth in the days of segregated bathing. Read Fanny Burney’s first experience of bathing at Teignmouth in 1773, taken from her journal. After her initial ‘shock’ she seems to have rather liked it!
Teignmouth Beaches & Pier
Teignmouth has an excellent selection of family friendly beaches with great amenities and all the usual seaside entertainment. Teignmouth Town Beach is a long sandy beach stretching all the way from the mouth of the River Teign to Dawlish. You’ll find the historic Victorian Teignmouth Grand Pier on this beach which today has a go-kart track, some fairground style rides, a reconstructed deck and beautiful old Castle Pavilion. A quieter Teignmouth beach popular for fishing is River Back Beach located on the estuary side of the town. More beaches feature around Shaldon across the water.