Teignmouth is another classic holiday resort that is situated on the mouth of the River Teign in South Devon, midway between Exeter and Torquay. Like many of the other Devon resorts, it mostly developed during the Georgian and Victorian period and so there are a number of buildings from that time. It also has a traditional pier that is 700 foot long that has welcomed visitors for 130 years and a long sandy beach to cater for all of the family to enjoy.
Historically, Teignmouth was a small port that was attacked and partially destroyed by the French in 1690 and French Street in the town is named after that event. The arrival of the tourists was made possible by the development of the Great Western Railway by Brunel and this stretch of the railway line once used the atmospheric system that was later replaced with the normal steam trains.
Famous visitors to Teignmouth included the poet John Keats and Charle Babbidge (who lived here for a few years) the Victorian pioneer who originated the idea of a programmable computer.
The town has a good museum in French Street and has a number of other interesting attractions and events including an annual jazz festival.