Our guide to self-catering Teignmouth & Shaldon holidays

Teignmouth graces the north banks of the River Teign and has remained a favourite South Devon resort since the Victorian era. With timeless charm and sparkling coastal scenery, Teignmouth and Shaldon are an ideal base for those on family getaways in this pretty part of South Devon.

Teignmouth is perfectly positioned on the coast of South Devon, not only does it provide plenty of seaside pursuits such as fishing, beaches and amusements, but it is also a great base from which to explore the surrounding area. With Torquay and Paignton along the coast in one direction, and the city of Exeter just a short train journey in the other, there is plenty of opportunity to discover Devon.

Things to do in Teignmouth & Shaldon

We’re very fond of Teignmouth & Shaldon so we know the best things to do in the area. If you want to fill your itinerary, here’s a few of our suggestions. What visit to a seaside town isn’t complete without a trip to the beach? Teignmouth Main Beach is the most popular beach in town and it’s easy to see why. The crazy golf course and traditional pier are on hand to keep the kids entertained while pleasure boat cruises and deck chairs will help to keep the adults busy. Other beaches in the area include Shaldon Beach and River Beach. Shaldon Beach boasts exquisite natural scenery that will wow any onlooker. There’s also water sports like fishing and sailing to try. If you prefer a bit of peace and quiet, River Beach is the one for you. Relax by their stunning coastal views or take a beach stroll as you relish in the beautiful English weather.

If you’re ready for a day of exploration, head to Ness Cove. Follow the secret tunnel from Shaldon Car Park and you’ll discover this beautiful, tranquil beach that is a hidden gem in South Devon. If you fancy popping across to Teignmouth, you can catch the ferry across from here. While the beach isn’t accessible for wheelchair users due to the steps leading onto the beach, dog walkers are more than welcome.

Teignmouth & Shaldon Attractions

There are plenty of attractions in Teignmouth & Shaldon. Whether you’re a couple or a family, you’ll be sure to find something to keep you occupied. Teignmouth Pier is one of the best places to visit. With children’s rides, amusements and a go-cart track, you’ll find plenty of fun and games. You can also stop by the beach if you want to enjoy some summer sunshine. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, then why not visit Shaldon Zoo. Let’s face it, most of us are animal lovers and getting up close and personal is a great way to spend your holiday. Home to several endangered species, spy the monkeys, owls and tortoises in their pretty woodland home alongside many other animals that make this visit truly magical.

For some local history, the Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum will be right up your street. Located in a converted 18th century house, get an insight into the areas maritime history as well as an understanding of the town and residents.

Restaurants in Teignmouth & Shaldon

There are few restaurants that can make your mouth water more than The Ness. You only have to mention the name to locals and their eyes light up. This local bar and restaurant boasts spectacular sea views all the way to Dawlish as well as being close to Shaldon Beach. Serving stunning sea food alongside a menu to suit all ages and tastes, you’ll find the restaurants character as enchanting as its food. Booths are made from upturned boats while the nautical interior is a natural fit for the outdoor setting.

For a tasty seafood snack by the beach, Crab Shack on the Beach is a must visit. With their own fishing boasts to catch fresh seafood, the staff ensure that only the finest meat is served daily. Even if you don’t enjoy seafood, there’s a meat and vegetarian option so no-one goes hungry. If that doesn’t tickle your taste buds, grab some traditional pub food at The Coombe Cellars. Enjoy a meal on the patio or relax indoors and be tempted by the fine wine and ale.

Teignmouth Pier

When it comes to family attractions in Teignmouth, Teignmouth Pier is still amongst the best. Teignmouth Pier has jutted proudly from the quaint seaside town since 1867, and remains a hub of life and activity during the summer months. The pavilion’s shops, amusements and rides continue to attract families holidaying in the area year after year, and there are children’s...

Teignmouth Main Beach

Teignmouth Town beach is the most central Teignmouth beach, and by far the most popular. Running from the River Teign’s mouth all the way to Dawlish, this lengthy stretch of sand is a favourite with those on Teignmouth beach holidays, and it’s easy to see why. Lifeguards operate between May and September, and dogs are allowed at each end of...
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