Teignmouth is a coastal town in South Devon. It is situated on the north bank of the estuary mouth of the River Teign in an area of the South Devon coast that is famed for its red sandstone cliffs. It has a population of approx 14,000.
In 1690, it was the last place in England to be invaded by a foreign power, when a contingent of the French fleet anchored of Torbay attacked the town. The town grew from a fishing port associated with the Newfoundland cod industry to a fashionable resort of some note in Georgian times, with further expansion after the opening of the South Devon Railway in 1846.
Today, its port still operates and the town remains a popular seaside holiday location.
- From the north there is the B3192 which is off the A380 (Telegraph Hill) which is a winding route going through the mostly forested areas. These are particularly colourful in the sutumn.
- From the east the A370 from Exeter takes a longer and more scenic route along the Exe estuary going through Kenton, Starcross and Dawlish.
- From the west the A381, again off the A380, at Kingsteington has some panoramic views up the Teign Estuary towards Teignmouth.
- From the south the B3199 from Torquay via Shaldon (which is situated on the opposite bank of the Teign estuary overlooking Teignmouth).
1 Teignmouth station is located near the centre of town on the line from London Paddington to Penzance in Cornwall. Alternatively it is on the Riviera Line serving Exeter, Starcross, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Torre, Torquay and Paignton.
Teignmouth station itself is served by Crosscountry and Great Western Railway trains. The journey from Exeter is famous for its beauty as it hugs the red sandstone cliffs with great views out to open sea. It is worth getting the train to Exeter just for the journey.
Most of Teignmouth can easily be reached by foot. Taxis can be found near the train station. Buses leave from the centre of town for Exeter, Torquay and Newton Abbot.
The beach and promenade stretch the entire length of the town and there is a Victorian pier and promenade.
There is a children's play area and mini golf on the grass area by the beach front called 'The Den'.
- 1 Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum, 29 French St, TQ14 8ST, ☎ . Small museum showing history of Teignmouth and Shaldon.
- 2 Teignmouth Arts Action Group Centre (TAAG Centre), 4/5 Northumberland Place, TQ14 8DD, ☎ . M-Su 10AM-5PM. Community Arts Centre with gallery showing local artists. Also workshops and courses available (booking required, fees variable). Free.
The South West Coast Path, which passes through the town, is a great way to see the coast in this part of Devon.
- 1 Pavilions Theatre (formerly Carlton Theatre), Den Crescent, TQ14 8BG, ☎ . Small local theatre.
- 2 Teignmouth Lido, Eastcliff Walk, TQ14 8TA, ☎ . Outside heated swimming pool. Located at the seafront. Qualified lifeguards on duty at all times. Children under 4 go free. Reduced rates after 2PM. Adult £4.00, Children £2.50.
- 3 Teignmouth Golf Club, Haldon Moor, TQ14 9NY, ☎ .
- Fishing - There is some excellent sea fishing to be had from Teignmouth, indeed it is famed for its flounder fishing. There is also a chance of bass, mackerel and there is some good game fishing to be had with both salmon and seatrout running up the river Teign.
Every summer Teignmouth hosts a folk festival, jazz festival and carnival.
- The Colosseum, 15 Regent Street, TQ14 8SJ, ☎ . Monday to Saturday 6:30PM- 9:30PM; Lunch bookings only Sunday: Pre-bookings minimum 8 people. Cosy/elegant family-run Italian Restaurant.
- The Owl and Pussycat, 3 Teign Street, TQ14 8EA, ☎ . M-F: Lunch 10AM-2:30PM, Dinner 6PM-9:30PM; Sa: Lunch 10AM-2:30PM, Dinner 6PM-10PM; Su: (bookings essential) Lunch noon-3PM Dinner 6PM-9:30PM. Courtyard garden.
- Naz Indian Cuisine, 9 Somerset Place, TQ14 8EN, ☎ . Excellent Indian restaurant.
- Twenty Six Cafe, 26 Regent Street, TQ14 8SJ, ☎ . Daily 9AM-5:30PM plus F and Sa evenings. Award-winning cafe and bistro serving French and international cuisine.
- Ship Inn, Queen St, Back Beach, Teignmouth TQ14 8BY. Good pub looking over the back beach. Outside seating. Great to see the sunset. Serves food.
- Brass Monkey, Hollands Road, TQ14 8SR, ☎ .
- [dead link]The Bay Hotel, 15 Powderham Terrace, TQ14 8BL, ☎ . 17 bedrooms.
- Thornhill Hotel, Mere Lane, TQ14 8TA, ☎ . Licenced Georgian hotel on the town's seafront.