Discover historic resort that's a great place for families

Torbay Weekly

Teignmouth is Devon’s second oldest resort - after Exmouth - and has everything you could wish for if you're a family with young children seeking a traditional British seaside holiday.

As well a pier, superb seafront playgrounds, children’s entertainers, stunning floral displays, interesting back streets it not only boasts a ‘front beach’ - it has a back beach too!

The town has a rich history not least as the scene of the last foreign invasion of Britain - in 1690 - when the French razed the town to the ground.

It also has strong links with a much-loved romantic poet as well as one of our greatest marine artists  - not to mention rock superstars Muse who paid homage to their hometown with a concert on The Den in 2009!

The History Trail is an easy and enjoyable way to discover more about Teignmouth and a map is available from the excellent Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum in French Street.

The trail starts at one of the town’s two parish churches, St Michael’s on Den Promenade.

Some 200 yards offshore lies the Church Rocks Wreck - a late 16th century armed cargo vessel, believed to be Venetian, discovered by a 13-year-old local boy in 1975. Several artefacts can be seen in the museum.

Further along the promenade is the 600ft pier, built in 1865 for £8,000 and enlarged 25 years later to accommodate a new landing stage for pleasure craft and a ballroom that was demolished in 1975.

Looking back across the Den you will see the Royal Court Apartments, formerly the Royal Hotel where The Beatles stayed in 1967 while filming The Magical Mystery Tour.

The Den, scene of that Muse concert, features many activities for youngsters and there is a lot going on here at the moment, including a Punch and Judy Show and a free pop-up art gallery.

At the end of the promenade is the South Devon’s first lifeboat station, built in 1845, and now home to the inshore lifeboat.

On your right Morgan’s Quay Flats are on the site of the Morgan Giles Shipyard, famous worldwide for building luxury yachts and motor cruisers.

Head towards the Shaldon ferry and turn right along the back beach to the New Quay Inn, formerly The Newfoundland Fishery - a reminder that, as early as the 16th century local fishermen crossed the North Atlantic to fish for cod off Newfoundland.

At the rear of the inn you'll find a board displaying John Keats’ poem, Teignmouth. The poet stayed in Northumberland Place when visiting his brothers George and Tom in 1818.

Another nearby 16th century inn, the Jolly Sailor, was originally The Ferry Boat as the ferry once ran from here.

The walk ends at the former home of one of the nation’s greatest marine artists, Thomas Luny (1759-1837) whose work can be viewed in the museum.