A Quick Guide To Teignmouth
01 August 2016
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 favourite 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 is strictly catch 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!
Some of your kind words...
A brilliant stay as always. We stayed in a cottage this time which was beautiful and very well equipped. Lots of lovely little touches with a welcome hamper and lots of board games. Hubbie was well impressed with the huge TV too. Loved the courtyard and we were lucky enough to have the weather to BBQ 2 of the days. All the staff from reception to the shop to the entertainment were friendly and very accommodating of both my girls. Used the chippy which has recently changed hands and the food was still great. There is lots to do, loved the swimming, the zip wire, the park and walk in the woods and around the fishing lake. Have to be honest though we missed the caravan...... will definitely be back, hopefully in the Fernworthy van with the hot tub.
Had an amazing weeks holiday. The park was immaculate, the outdoor pool was spotless and the cleaning blocks were cleaned regularly. All the staff were very helpful and the shop on site was reasonably priced. We went with two kids (aged 6 and 7) and our dog, the kids were never bored and had an amazing holiday. We will definitely be returning next year!
My family and I stayed for 5 nights in July, aged between 13 and 40 and we all had a brilliant family stay. The teenagers loved the outdoor pool and the woods and we all loved the donkeys. I’ve been coming here since I was a child and it’s still got a lovely relaxing atmosphere and has all the facilities you could want for a camping holiday. I must say the fish and chip shop is the best we have ever had at a holiday park, reasonable prices and good sized portions. We have booked to come back again on 25th August for a week and can’t wait!
I visited when my relatives came over from Canada and fell in love. I was lucky enough to stay for a week last August for my sons 2nd birthday. It has got to be one of my favourite places to go. Absolutely beautiful, quiet, good facilities, lovely restaurants. The staff are outstanding. I can't wait to come back again this year!
Stayed in campervan for a weekend. Great campsite good location, plenty of things for all to do. Great fishing lakes all in a short walk through the woodland to the lovely Dawlish Warren and Dawlish. Couldn't fault.
Highbridge, United Kingdom
We have had a wonderful experience, the site is very clean, ALL the staff were friendly and helpful especially the bar supervisor, entertainment was second to none, we'll 100% return...
The Warren Family
I just want to say how impressed my fellow Motorhomers and Caravaners were with the welcome and service we received during our stay. Staff in the office were polite and helpful at all times. Scott the restaurant manager was most accommodating when I enquired about reserving space for 25 to 30 of us for lunch after a walk. The service in the restaurant was speedy the food hot and varied. We were very pleased with the standards. Staff in the restaurant were cheerful and polite and helped make our meal most enjoyable. We had such a good time that we will be returning again next year for our Xmas Rally.
The best holiday park we've been to in our motorhome. Our children aged 2 and 4 loved it. Great facilities, entertainment and activities in one of the best parts of Devon!
Delicious fish and chips, friendly and helpful staff and delightful woodland.
Suze - Cornwall
Good location and dog walking, we'll be back and it can't come quick enough.
David - Portsmouth.
Loved the Zumba class! Can't wait to come back!
Elise - Exeter.
A* facilities, always very clean. The pool and food offer great value for money!
Stayed in Honeysuckle Cottage, stunning views over the Exe Estuary.. fantastic place for a family holiday
Ian - Australia.
My little girls aged 2,3 and 5 loved the entertainment.. all they can remember is fun, fun and more fun!
Anonymous - Cheshire.
Quiet and relaxing in a stunning location.. Can't wait to return
Ethan R, Burnham-on-Sea
We usually camp 3 times a year and hire a caravan after the Christmas break at Cofton, and will continue to do so. We thoroughly recommend staying there. Great for families or just the 2 of you.
Jilly B, Cheltenham
Go for swimming and food at this fabulous holiday camp... facilities A-star so clean and just great value for money would defo use over and over again which I do.... I'm a regular visitor. Dip and dine always good option as the food and snacks are fantastic in the bar cafe area near swimming pool!
Excellent toilet block and lovely hot showers. The on site pub was spot on with really friendly staff..
Joan L, Bromsgrove
The superbly equipped Woodside Cottage was beautifully clean with a fantastic Hot Tub. Waking up to horses and cows in the rear field.. stunning!
So friendly and clean, it’s a home from home and we couldn’t go a year with a visit!
Bernice Procter, Swindon
I always pay a visit to Amelia's Pantry, you can just Relax, Indulge and Enjoy!
‘Wonderful facilities, especially the swimming pools! In a lovely setting, for us it is simply the best campsite we have found.’
Margaret Hayes, Leeds
We have been coming to Cofton since 2009 and have stayed at least 12 times. We love everything about Cofton: the location and scenery in and around the park, the quality and cleanliness of accommodation, the friendly welcoming atmosphere; Everything about Cofton is great!
Ethan Robinson, Somerset
‘Dog walks, cycling, lovely country pubs… It suits our every need’
Kay Hancock, Bristol