Things to do in Teignmouth

Teignmouth – the gem of south Devon

There are plenty of things to do in Teignmouth Devon. Teignmouth is one of Devon’s oldest seaside resorts, and Woodlands is only a five to ten minute walk away from the town centre. Teignmouth has a stunning coastline, fantastic views and large areas of sandy beach where dogs are allowed all year round. But apart from the beach there are a lot of things to do, even when the sun doesn’t shine.

Tourist attractions in Teignmouth include amusements on the pier, crazy golf and tennis courts. The town museum is award winning, and the harbour area and back beach has a charm of its own.

Teignmouth high street is not full of chains but has some great independent shops, pubs and restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets, and we would be very happy to recommend some of our favourite haunts. We are also lucky to have the Teignmouth Pavilion Theatre which hosts live performances and comedy as well as a cinema.

Teignmouth Golf Club is situated on the High Moor of Little Haldon. At 800ft above sea level the views over the  Teign estuary and coast are astounding. The course is a par 69 from the white tees and a par 71 from the yellows measuring 6105 yards, with small fast greens, 11 of them with slopes.  It has been designed to be a fair test of golf for all standards of player and visitors are always welcome. 

We have a selection of maps and guidebooks to help you choose from the wide variety of activities that take place in all seasons and weathers.

The nearest village to Teignmouth is Shaldon, just over the River Teign. Shaldon and Teignmouth have the oldest working passenger ferry in the UK that can take you there.  Shaldon is a very picturesque village which has a zoo, more drinking establishments, footpaths, cafes and another couple of wonderful sandy beach, one accessed by a smugglers tunnel through the cliffs.

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Teignmouth events and activities

Teignmouth Devon is developing a big reputation as a resort for cultural events. Music events are the main theme, with a classical music festival in March and a folk festival in June.

There is also a wider and growing thriving arts scene here. In the last week of July Teignmouth Carnival offers a week of mainly free family fun, and, after the Shaldon Water Carnival, Regatta week takes over for Teignmouth in the first week of August, and then finally the Shaldon Regatta over the late August Bank Holiday week.

There’s also an airshow in Teignmouth in the Summer. There are lots of activities to do in Teignmouth whatever the weather. For details of these south west events please see the very informative website, or the Teignmouth Oracle Facebook page.

Not surprisingly Teignmouth is also a big centre for watersports. We can offer weekend packages for deep sea fishing, or learning to dive at Teignmouth’s well-regarded dive school. The water sports centre on the back river beach offers short or long courses in sailing, canoes, windsurfing, powerboats etc. Finally, the sea safari offers short and long tours around the beautiful coastline where sitings of dolphins and seals are common.

Shaldon and Teignmouth

Just across the mouth of the river Teign is the beautiful Devon fishing village of Shaldon. You can reach it by crossing the river on the oldest passenger ferry in the country or by walking across the historic Shaldon bridge.

Shaldon is an unspoilt village with a thriving community atmosphere, right on the seafront with it’s own two sandy beaches. Shaldon beach is in the village and ideal for swimming, sailing, rowing, paddling, paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking.  At high tide, large container ships enter the narrow estuary mouth to dock in Teignmouth – they are quite a sight! Ness Cove beach is accessed through a Victorian ‘smugglers’ tunnel’.

Shaldon isn’t as commercial as many of the more famous south Devon towns and villages, but it has a range of excellent food establishments and is perfect for a relaxing holiday to experience Devon village life firsthand.

things to do in teignmouth
things to do in teignmouth

Things to do near Teignmouth

Teignmouth is incredibly well connected; we are only ten minutes from the M5 and on the main railway line from London, so ideally situated for exploring Devon and other parts of the southwest.  

From here it is easy to explore Dartmoor as well as take a trip along the cost by car, train or even open top bus in the summer, to other well-known seaside resorts like Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and Exmouth.  There’s much to explore in our historic towns here, such as Dartmouth and Totnes, and the cathedral city of Exeter with its great shopping, river walks, cultural events and historic buildings, is only a short train ride away.

Teignmouth also offers itself as a useful base for exploring much of the south west and the steam railway.  There are many National Trust houses and gardens nearby, such as Greenway, Agatha Christie’s house on the River Dart, Killerton House and Compton Castle and if you like steam trains you can take one that goes between Buckfastleigh along the river Dart to Totnes. Haytor, the start of the Templer Way walk to Teignmouth can be seen from the estuary side beach.

For rainy days there are cinemas in Newton Abbot, Exeter and Torquay. Within a few miles of Teignmouth are the cycle trails and cycle hire at Haldon Forest and along the Exe Estuary, centres for horse riding and pony trekking, golf courses at Teignmouth and Dawlish Warren.

Stay with us at Woodlands Teignmouth

Relax and enjoy the amazing view from our private gardens and conservatory.  Woodlands is the ideal base to explore all the things to do in Teignmouth and beyond.


star rating  We had a lovely stay at Woodlands. Only a short stroll into the town and yet so peaceful.
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July 13, 2023

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July 7, 2023

star rating  House like a film location! - This house is like a film location. The stairs, the veranda, the conservatory! you could set a regency film there or a 1930's drawing room comedy.
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July 7, 2023

What is Teignmouth famous for?

Teignmouth is famous for being a beautiful year-round English coastal holiday destination in south Devon.  Teignmouth is an estuary town with two beaches, historic Georgian buildings, an arts quarter with many exhibits and galleries, a mainline railway station, friendly local people and a pier.  The town is surrounded by lush Devon countryside. You won’t find a more beautiful location for a holiday.

Things to do in Teignmouth

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