Situated on the banks of the River Teign in Devon is the charming town of Teignmouth, a typical Devon town that is as picturesque as any.
The town played a part as a very significant port in medieval times, and still holds claim to being the last place in mainland England to have been invaded by a foreign power after a French fleet took on the town in 1690. This historically interesting and very attractive town may have a population of fewer than 15,000 people but it has plenty to offer the visitor.
The mild Devon climate and glorious coastline offer much in the way of relaxation, and the industrial past of the area – it was here that Brunel built his famous broad gauge railway – are of great interest to historians. Today Teignmouth is a very nice coastal town with some charming pubs and shops, and the historic Teignmouth Pier is redolent of the heyday of Victorian holidaymaking.
Babbacombe Model Village, Hampton Avenue, Torquay TQ1 3LA (01803) 315315
Five miles from Teignmouth, the world is small!
Babbacombe Model Village was opened in 1963 and is now billed as one of Europe’s premier model villages. It’s easy to see why.
Landscaped gardens, 13,000 miniature people, and model railways, bring to life an imaginary area of English countryside. There’s even a naturist beach!