Teignmouth

View of Teignmouth looking across the harbour towards the Ness

Teignmouth is an ancient coastal town with a colourful and interesting history. The surrounding  countryside was settled by the Romans who built villas and planted vineyards. In medieval times the town was a tiny fishing village, the early inhabitants were also occupied in salt.

The town was once fortified and there were skirmishes with, among other people, the French who in Napoleonic times burnt down part of the town.

Teignmouth is blessed with a mild climate and superb scenery. Its dramatic red cliffs and lush green vegetation form a striking contrast of colours. From the extensive level promenade fine views are enjoyed. On a clear day Portland Bill, on the Dorset coast can be seen. The red cliffs which extend beyond Exmouth, include the enigmatic Parson and Clark rocks at Holcombe and the Ness which is the large red cliff on the south side of the mouth of the river Teign. View of Teignmouth from Shaldon
Teignmouth seafront on a summers afternoon The town was put on the map by Isambard Kingdom Brunel who built his wide gauge single track atmospheric railway connecting us with Exeter and Newton Abbot and thereby the rest of the country. The town became a famous Victorian watering place with crowds of Victorian 'nouveau riche' taking the waters from bathing machines on the beach and pleasure steamers plied from the pier.

One of the dolphins which were often seen off Teignmouth

Bitton House and the Orangery

View of Harbour by Shaldon Bridge

Teignmouth has a thriving port, shipping clay to various parts of the world. Granite from Dartmoor used in the building of London Bridge was transported from Teignmouth.

We have delightful scenery all round us with moorland, coast, estuary and attractive countryside in all directions and Dartmoor National Park is only 12 miles away via Bovey Tracey.

There are good schools in Teignmouth, numerous clubs and organisations with excellent community college, library and museum. There is a selection of churches and of course a good choice of pubs.

Parson and Clerk rocks at Holcome Head, near Teignmouth
Where is Teignmouth?

Teignmouth is situated about seven miles from the market town of Newton Abbot, seven miles from Torquay and about  twelve miles from the city of Exeter. We are on the Penzance to London mainline railway. The M5 motorway terminates at Exeter and is easily accessible from here.


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