Teignmouth Beach

Teignmouth, on the mouth of the River Teign estuary makes an excellent base for a day out at the beach. This traditional South Devon seaside resort has some fine examples of Georgian architecture along with a Victorian pier. It is also situated on the South-West coastal path and the area is popular with walkers. 

 Set at the mouth of a sheltered estuary the area is popular with kayakers and other water-sports enthusiasts. Teignmouth is home to two beaches; Back beach (or River beach) and the Town beach. 

 The Town Beach offers a vast expanse of golden sand with plenty of room for building sandcastles, playing beach games or just sitting in the sunshine and enjoying the views.  The clean waters are home to plenty of sea life. Dolphins have occasionally been spotted offshore. 

 The Victorian Grand Pier was built over 150 years ago. It suffered extensive storm damage in 2014 but is being restored.  The pier has an amusement arcade and fine views back towards the town. Along the seafront, young children might enjoy the award-winning Den play area. 

 The River Beach, known locally as the Back Beach, on the sheltered estuary side of the town makes a good place for a stroll. Come here to admire the pretty fishing boats, or to watch some fine sunsets.
Dogs are allowed on the River Beach at any time of year.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not permitted on the main beach between the slipway at Eastcliff and the lighthouse at the point (1 April to 30 September). Dogs are permitted from the lighthouse at the point around to the back beach and between Eastcliff and Holcombe.

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  • Swimming/bathing


  • Pier

Nearest town



TQ14 8AY

OS grid ref.

SX 9429 7283


Parking is available

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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