Teignmouth lies on the north bank of the River Teign Estuary and is connected to the village of Shaldon on the other bank by the Shaldon Bridge and the Teign ferry.
The Teign ferry service (Tel: 07880 713420) over the estuary to Shaldon is said to date to the 10th century and the black and white design of the boat is Elizabethan in origin.
Teignmouth's population of around 15,000 people increases in the summer with the influx of tourists to this still popular resort. Besides the beach and Georgian houses along the promenade, Teignmouth has a fine Victorian era pier with amusement arcade jutting out to sea.
Other attractions include the Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum (Tel: 01626 777041), which is undergoing restoration with a new government grant, the annual summer Teignmouth Folk Festival and Teignmouth golf course (Tel: 01626 777 070) on Haldon Moor. A good place to eat and drink, and enjoy live bands, is New Quay Inn near the station.
Teignmouth still functions as a working port mainly handling the local clay and timber.
Teignmouth is connected by local bus and train to Exeter and Torquay. The train takes 30 minutes to Exeter and 20 minutes to Torquay. Bus times are an hour to Exeter and 30 minutes to Torquay.
Teignmouth Tourist Office
Tel: 01626 215 666
Located on "The Den"
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