With bustling shops, a pretty seafront and plenty of things to do, Teignmouth is one of the more popular towns and places to visit in South Devon. It’s also just a short trip up the road from Cofton Holidays, making a family day out very easy. Here is our rough guide to Teignmouth, with a list of favorite activities and places to visit:
Places to Visit in Teignmouth
There are many places to explore in the resort, but perhaps we should start with the seafront, which has a lovely beach, while Teignmouth Pier (or the Grand Pier, to be exact) has been standing strong since 1867. Sort of. Actually the history is chequered, from the glory days when steamer cruises ran from the pier to local tycoon Arthur Denby, who wanted to move the whole thing to Paignton. He failed, much to the relief of locals (in your face, Arthur). These days, it’s a little worn in places but still packs plenty of fun, games and traditional amusements.
Not far away, visitors will also find a trip down memory lane with Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum. Run by friendly and knowledgable locals, it has plenty of curious facts and artefacts alike for an interesting couple of hours. And before the kids announce “borrrriiing!” junior pirates and soldiers will find plenty of swords, pistols and other naval weaponry on display.
Top Things to do in Teignmouth
If it is action and activities you want, there are also stacks of things going on in the town. And while we don’t have space for the lot in this blog, a handful come highly recommended. First up, for a round of crazy golf, Teignmouth has a corker of a course. Adventure Golf Teignmouth has the usual stamp of nutty holes, and even a few dinosaurs thrown in for competitive dads and siblings.
For fans of watersports, the town is especially good. You could hire your own from , or equally get on the waves with kayaks, sailing boats or SUP boards with Seasports Southwest, who run highly acclaimed day sessions and short courses for all ages and abilities. Or, should you fancy getting out under your own steam Teign Boat Hire can provide craft for your own family cruise.
Of course, the other great thing about Teignmouth is that it has a huge amount of seafront where beach games and other activities won’t cost you a bean. There are some wonderful Teignmouth walks in the area, for example, with the favourite perhaps being the Teignmouth to Dawlish Railway Walk.
The Teignmouth fishing scene can be interesting too. Two spots are especially popular with locals. The tide rip where the River Teign meets the sea is a classic spot for bass (but do note that all bass fishing strictly is catche and release at present!). Otherwise, many spots can produce mackerel, school bass or small flatfish. If you keep walking left on the seafront, beneath the railway, you’ll eventually reach a raised ledge that is well worth a shot for mackerel and garfish on a summer evening.
Top Takeaways, Pubs and Restaurants in Teignmouth
Unsurprisingly, the best of the food you’ll find in Teignmouth is right from the sea. If you fancy splashing out or going for a romantic dinner, The Crab Shack on the Beach tops the Teignmouth Tripadvisor reviews table for its seafood alone. Should you prefer a steak, or Mediterranean dishes, Fresco Teignmouth is also highly rated by locals. Last but not least, The Colosseum is also a great place for a taste of Italian cuisine in the town.
Cafés and take aways in Teignmouth are many too, for the more budget conscious or those who fancy the old school pleasure of a bag of fish and chips as the sun goes down. The locals will have heated debates over the best chippy in the town, but Finn McCools often gets the nod for fish and chips, while Yelland’s is a friendly, quality café for lunches, light bites and a decent latte.
Last but not least, for those staying out later, there are some great pubs in Teigmouth. The Blue Anchor is one of the best when it comes to real ales and good atmosphere, especially for beer festivals and sports events. Also worth a mention is the Bronx Bar, however, who not only serve great beers and smokehouse/ grill type treats but regularly host live jazz and blues evenings.
Caravan Parks and Campsites near Teignmouth
Looking for the best of places to stay near Teignmouth this year? Look no further than Cofton Country Holidays, where we have the perfect option for every family and every wallet. You could save pounds and pitch a tent, bring the caravan or even splash out on one of our holiday cottages (the newest of them have their own hot tubs!). With fantastic facilities, including our own swimming pools and fishing lakes (please don’t get the two mixed up), it’s little wonder guests tend to come back to us time and again. Do keep an eye on our special offers section and Facebook page for all the latest Devon holiday deals, news and events!