Teignmouth – A Traditional Devon Seaside Resort



As we looked down at Teignmouth beach we heard the comment

“Why is the sand red?”

We are so used to golden sandy beaches that the red beach was a complete surprise.  The answer became apparent as we walked east to the red sandstone cliffs.

It did not really matter that the sand was red, it still made lovely sandcastles and everyone on the beach was having a great time.


teignmouth harbour beach


Teignmouth is the second oldest seaside resort in Devon and it still has a delightful slightly old fashioned feel to it.

As well as the main beach, there is also a harbour on the banks of The River Teign.  On the opposite bank is the village of Shaldon and it can be fun to take the small ferry across the estuary to it.

It is fascinating to wander around the nearby narrow streets.  Some of the houses back directly onto the harbour beach.  All sorts of boating activities take place here.  We watched a group of children learning how to canoe.

teignmouth from pier


When the railway came to the town, the area around the sea front developed.  Near ‘The Den’, the gardens at the sea front, there are well maintained Georgian and early Victorian buildings.

The Den has a large children’s playground, adventure golf course and skate park.

As you walk away from The Den, you come to a pedestrian area, Triangle Park, full of little shops and cafes.  Take care if you eat on the outside tables, the seagulls sometimes swoop down and steal unguarded food!

Between The Triangle and the railway station you will pass The Teign Heritage Centre – a small local history museum.  We chatted to the very helpful volunteers who told us about the restored Victorian Bathing Machine in the entrance and the different exhibitions.

teignmouth pier 1

The Grand Pier, which juts out to sea by The Den, opened in 1867 and has been modified over the years.  It is run down and shabby but Papa Joe and I had a feeling of nostalgia as we explored it.  As well as the modern slot machines and simulator rides there were some old fashioned things to try.



teignmouth riveria line

Once you walk through the arcade and out onto the pier you  have a lovely view of the main town and may catch a glimpse of a train traveling under The East Cliffs.   At the foot of the cliffs is The Lido, an open air swimming pool.  Alongside the Lido is a footpath that leads up over the railway to gardens on top of The East Cliff.




Looking to the west from the pier you can see the lighthouse at the mouth of the River Teign.  Along the promenade is the mile long Teignmouth activity trail, beginning at the lighthouse and ending at Sprey Point. There are 10 markers with facts about Teignmouth along the trail.  You can download the activity sheet here

Teignmouth is about a half hour drive from Exeter and Torquay and has good bus links with both towns.  It is about 30 miles from Dartmoor National Park

Getting There Teignmouth, South Devon
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