Like Torquay, Teignmouth also has that relaxed holiday ambience generated by its people and buildings, such as the Georgian crescents found in the town. Teignmouth is a true historic seafishing and industrial port and also a classical seaside resort. Both industry and fishing are now much reduced, but watching the ships and pleasure boats passing the Ness between Shaldon and Teignmouth is always enjoyable.
Teignmouth boasts a promenade, a Victorian pier, a swimming lido, plenty of shopping, a theatre, very safe main beach, great walks, a railway station and parks.
Add to this the great selection of restaurants, such as the Crab Shack, and local pubs touching the water front, beach huts sitting proud on the “spit” and the ambience is complete. Teignmouth is easy to reach by car, just 15-20 minutes from Exeter by car or by train. You can even arrive by boat provided you can find a mooring.
For fishermen Teignmouth is a true haven, with a large beach front, and an estuary that sees a good number of bass and flatfish caught by locals every year. Float fish off the spit on a full tide with sandeel, spin in the estuary or beach cast into the surf (watch the surfers however when an easterly is blowing).
A little history
Teignmouth has a rich history and dates back as far as the 11th century when the town was originally two separate villages. Even by the 14th century Teignmouth had developed into a significant port, and was subject to foreign attack from the sea. The Victorians boosted the towns popularity as a seaside resort and in recent years has seen a lot of changes making it a very popular town with both tourists and locals.
Where to Stay?
Teignmouth doesn’t have the same amount of accommodation as Torquay but there are a number of new developments that provide some great self catering accommodaiton such as this Teignmouth property.
Teignmouth is opposite the very popular Shaldon and can be reached by the small ferry or across the Teignmouth bridge. To see more about Shaldon please see this link.