The pretty harbour town of Teignmouth is an ideal day trip for the whole family to enjoy. Discover some of the best things to do in Teignmouth…
One of the most vibrant seaside resorts in Devon will be immortalised on film on 9 February, when compelling drama The Mercy premieres in the UK. Colin Firth portrays amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who set off from Teignmouth on a round-the-world yacht race in 1968 and changed his and his family’s lives forever.
If you take a day trip to Teignmouth, you’ll walk in the footsteps of not only a British movie star but also the holidaymakers who’ve flocked there since Georgian times. What’s the secret behind this pretty harbour town’s enduring appeal? We believe that it’s the combination of beautiful coastal landscapes and brilliant visitor attractions.
So let’s explore some of the best things to do in Teignmouth…
Relax on Teignmouth Town Beach’s Golden Sands
You might assume that golden sands and turquoise waters can only be found abroad, but the reality is that you don’t need to travel any further than South Devon! The region boasts many beautiful beaches, and Teignmouth Town Beach is a shining example.
You’ll be amazed by the vast stretches of sand – there’s certainly no danger of the beach being overcrowded! Sunbathe, enjoy a paddle (the waters are recommended by the Marine Conservation Society, thanks to their excellent quality), look for crabs in the rock pools or take a pleasure boat cruise. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a dolphin!
Indulge in Seaside Treats on The Grand Pier
For over 150 years, Teignmouth’s Grand Pier has enabled holidaymakers to enjoy stunning views of the town beach, headland and sea. This elegant Victorian attraction is one of only two piers left in the South West; its owners work hard to protect it from the elements and preserve it for future generations. The iconic Grand Pier harks back to the British seaside holidays of yesteryear while also providing plenty of entertainment for modern families.
Try your luck in the recently updated amusement arcade then watch your kids competing on the go-karting racetrack. Afterwards, cool off with some indulgent South West ice cream as you take a leisurely stroll along the deck.
Let Your Kids’ Imaginations Run Wild at The Den
A stone’s throw from Teignmouth seafront is an unmissable park. The Den is so well kept and popular that it’s earned a prestigious Green Flag Award, making it one of the leading outdoor spaces not just in Devon but the whole of the UK. The park has beautiful flower displays, pretty picnic spots and games such as adventure golf.
The highlight of your time at The Den will surely be seeing the smiles on your little ones’ faces as they discover the huge, multi-coloured playground. It features swings, slides and a pirate ship that’s bound to fire up their imaginations! What’s more, the sea-themed wet play area is open throughout the summer season. Youngsters love the jets and sprays!
Enjoy First-Class Culture at Pavilions Teignmouth
Pavilions Teignmouth, an exciting new arts venue and community centre, prides itself on its wonderful range of events. There really is something for everyone – live music, a comedy club, plays, drama workshops, creative writing sessions, yoga classes and the latest films!
Experience the Taste of the Sea
With numerous restaurants Teignmouth is fast gaining itself a reputation as a foodie’s hotspot. Being beside the sea means that menus are full of locally caught sea food. Teignmouth is also surrounded by countryside meaning the local producers are able to supply an array of quality produce, including beers, cream and jams.
Be sure to try some South Devon crab on your to visit Teignmouth. It’s landed in the harbour and served the same day, along with freshly caught, mussels, lobster and fish.
Easy to Reach from Our 4* Devon Holiday Park
Teignmouth is less than a 15-minute drive from our 4* holiday park in Dawlish Warren, a similarly picturesque seaside resort. There are plenty of buses and trains too.
If you’re looking for an easy day trip for the whole family, visiting Teignmouth is a terrific choice.