Nestling below Haldon hills to the north, Teignmouth lies along a stretch of red sandstone coast at the unspoilt estuary of the river Teign, born on high Dartmoor. Wide spaces and rolling fieldscapes delight the eye with breath-taking panoramas from high ground. Lyme Bay's well-spaced arms protect smaller bays peering out over the English Channel between Portland and Start Point.
Teignmouth claims record-breaking hours of sunshine and its remarkable geographical position ensures reasonable weather for much of the time. Dartmoor National Park's eastern approach or the city of Exeter can be reached by road in 30 minutes whilst Plymouth is about one hour's drive.
Public transport links nearby Torbay and the market town of Newton Abbot.
When Isambard Kindom Brunel pushed his Atmospheric Railway down the coast in the 1840s, Teignmouth became the second health resort in Devon. Humble occupations in salt production and fishing gave way to the demands of visitors. The wealth of affluent Victorians was significant to the re-invention of Teignmouth that had suffered a devastating invasion by the French in 1690. The 19th century saw a flurry of new business and buildings. The majority of commodities were brought in under sail and waterway traffic increased. Boat building contributed to the local economy. Clay and granite quarried nearby and barged down-river were important out-going cargoes.
Between 1940 to 44, a number of air raids claimed the lives and homes of many people. Post war regeneration re-shaped the town that now displays an interesting mix of architectural styles. Georgian cottages line narrow streets whilst Victorian structures are seen at their best along the seafront. A diminutive Orangery of 1842 is found in Bitton Park. Many of the impressive residences built on the hillsides have been converted to apartments in modern times. Enthusiasts discover extraordinary variety in seven churches and numerous public houses.