Teignmouth is a wonderful little historic port in South Devon. The working port is a wonderful place to sit, watching the boats coming in and out whilst you sip a tea or a local beer and let the day drift by.
A history in salt production and the fishing industry gave way to tourism in the mid 1800’s when the railway made its path through Teignmouth. This centuries old tourism industry makes the community welcome to anyone who ventures to its coastal shores. This beautiful community of beaches surrounded by red sandstone cliffs is one of Devon’s most popular holiday getaways.
A sand and shingle beach provide a great spot for simply watching the oceans water lap against the shore or to explore the Jurassic Coastline or Portland Bill on a sunny day. There are plenty of restaurants and shops around the area, as well as miniature golf and a children’s playground making it a great location to relax for the day with your family. Other outdoor adventures include trips to neighboring communities for a day of salmon fishing. Any adventure is found in close proximity to any guest house or Teignmouth self catering cottage.
Those seeking activities on dry land have several choices. Restaurants serving both ethnic and regional cuisine are many, as well as pubs which have anything from a family friendly atmosphere with adjoining playgrounds to pubs with lively bands playing inside.
Teignmouth Orangery is a pleasant area on the grounds of Bilton house which was constructed in the early 1840’s. Its grounds are lush with plant life and beautiful for simply strolling around its premises. Peruse areas from the same period on Teignmouth’s Pier. A visit to its historical railway station is another great way to understand the impact of the railroad on the community with many locomotives housed in the original buildings. The railway had a significant impact in the area and its increase in tourism in the mid 1800’s.
As the only historical pier in the area, the present day pier is a fun location for families with many children’s rides, a go kart track and plenty of quaint shops to get lost in. Castle Drogo allows those who cross its moat to understand a more recent history. The work of architect Edwin Lutyens has the appearance of a centuries old structure however was constructed in the early 1900’s. This is known as the last castle constructed in England. Also impressive are the gardens which are full of various types of flowers and plants.
Simply taking in the day to day activities along the coastal areas of Teignmouth’s older part of town is an educational way to observe the day-to-day life of Teignmouth while watching fishing boats coming to shore unloading a catch or taking in multi colored huts on its coastal areas.
The weather in the West Country typically includes warm wet summers and cool wet winters. Though the area does receive wet weather it typically has more sunny days the you would expect given its southerly location. If you are visiting a self catering Teignmouth cottage in the winter, a good jacket is recommended, but it really is a fantastic time to explore the surrounding countryside.
Exeter Airport (EXT) is the closest airport to self catering Teignmouth accommodation, and is connected to the airport by bus and train. Air Southwest provide a great range of services from across the UK.