Interestingly made up of two distinct sides, a popular holiday resort and a working port, the town of Teignmouth has long been a destination for those looking for a traditional English seaside experience. With an elegant seafront with long, sandy beach on one side, and the so called ‘Back Beach’ that looks across the River Teign on the other, the appeal of this place is well deserved.
It’s fair to say that Teignmouth has a touch of elegance from a bygone era, with its fine collection of Regency and Georgian residences, a large lawned area known as the Den, the promenade behind the beach, and the Victorian Pier. These days crazy golf, an excellent children’s play park, and fish and chip takeaways give Teignmouth broad family appeal, along with a thriving town centre with shops and art galleries. The excellent Teignmouth Pavilions is a fabulous arts and live performance venue, and the Teign Heritage Centre tells the story of the town’s interesting history very effectively.
A lovely experience is to watch the sun go down from the Back Beach, or during the daytime it’s possible to catch the passenger ferry, England’s oldest, from here to the charming village of Shaldon on the other side of the river.