A brief history of Teignmouth

Teignmouth itself dates back to 1044 and began as two separate villages. In the 1800s, the town grew rapidly from a small fishing port to a fashionable tourist destination. The town still has a functioning port to this day and remains popular with many British holidaymakers. If you’d like to find out more about the history of the area, a visit to the Teign Heritage Centre is a must.


  • There is easy access to the town via the A381, just along from the M5 Southbound at Exeter. There is also a coast road from Torquay on the English Riviera, which runs through the village of Shaldon and across the bridge to Teignmouth.


  • Teignmouth train station has regular services to Exeter and Newton Abbot, leading to connections across London and the East. Newton Abbot mainline station has direct trains to London Paddington in under 3 hours.


  • There is a passenger ferry from Shaldon which lies opposite to Teignmouth on the mouth of the River Teign and alights at the popular Back Beach.

Schools and Education

Teignmouth has multiple primary schools and a secondary school, Teignmouth Community School. Good transport links to Torquay also give access to the renowned Torquay Boys’ and Girls’ selective Grammar schools.

Lifestyle and Entertainment

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  • Green/Blue spaces - The South West Coast Path runs along the seafront through the town. It also lies at the end of the Templer Way, an 18 mile walking trail which traces the historic line of granite being taken from the quarries at Haytor on Dartmoor, to the docks at Teignmouth. The walk follows the Stover Canal, and is one of many scenic footpaths covering South Devon. Teignmouth also has multiple beaches and a large green on the seafront which is perfect for picnics and gatherings
  • For the kids – Teignmouth Grand Pier is a great day out for family and friends. There’s something for everyone and it offers you all the traditional attractions and entertainment in the Great British spirit of the seaside. On the promenade there’s also a Dinosaur themed crazy golf, skate park and a play park named ‘The Den’.
  • Culture – Teignmouth pavilions regularly hosts a variety of local theatre, cinema and arts performances. In March, the Classical Music Festival and the Poetry Festival host events, recitals and workshops around the town. The 3 day Folk Festival in June is one of the top folk festivals in the UK and brings a great atmosphere to the town. During the summer holidays there are carnivals and regattas in Teignmouth and in September there is the Taste of the Teign Food Festival, and in November, there is a local Jazz Festival.
  • Nights out – If you’re looking for a fun, tropical-themed night out be sure to visit Halulu, one of South Devon’s trendiest cocktail bars. By day, you can also grab light bites and coffee here whilst overlooking the sea from an elevated position on the main promenade. In the heart of the town, Kub Bakes is a fantastic gluten-free and vegan café offering breakfasts, lunches and sweet treats. For live music and a bustling atmosphere, head down to the Ship Inn on back beach to watch the sunset and dance the night away!
  • Sport – Teignmouth has a fantastic outdoor lido which opens during the spring and summer months. Due to its coastal location, there’s also plenty of opportunity for watersports activities such as sailing, kayaking and jetskiing. Visit SeaSports Southwest for a whole host of water activities.

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