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 blue flag, sandy beach where dogs are allowed all year round. The seawater here is clean and bathing is safe, but apart from the beach there are a lot of things to do, even when the sun doesn’t shine.
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.
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.
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, a folk festival in June, a sea shanty festival in September and the world-renowned jazz festival in October.
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 visitsouthdevon.co.uk, 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.
Places to eat in Teignmouth
Teignmouth Devon is well stocked with good pubs and bars, from the traditional riverside Ship Inn to the Halulu cocktail bar on the seafront. Over the water at Shaldon, the London Inn and Ferry Boat Inn offer a warm family and dog friendly welcome. There is also a local brewery (Red Rock) producing real craft beers, and a vineyard at Old Walls in Bishopsteignton which has a visitors centre, cafe and shop.
Devon is well known for its fresh produce and amazing seafood, and Teignmouth is no different, in fact it has two working fishing boats and a mussel farm in the estuary. We have a wide range of restaurants.
Our favourite seafood restaurant is the Crab Shack on the back beach (booking is essential) . There are good Italian restaurants (Franco’s and L’invidia), a Greek restaurant (Trade Winds), three good Indian restaurants (we like the tiny Teign Indian Cuisine best), Chinese takeaways and fish and chip shops. There are three street food huts on the back beach, one of which won the best in Devon in 2019.
For your cake and coffee needs look no further than Carole’s Cupcakes on Regent Street. Further afield, try the Ness, Lollie Bean and Ode in Shaldon, and the Elizabethan Inn in Luton. See our post on the best places to eat in Teignmouth for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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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.