Local Area Information

About Dawlish

Dawlish is a great seaside town with everything you need to enjoy your holiday. It has an abundance of shops, bars, cafes, takeaways, a theatre, launderette, charming gardens and exciting crazy golf. Why not pack a picnic and soak up the sun at the sandy beach, perfect for swimming, exploring the rock pools and building sandcastles with the younger guests.

The town started life as a little fishing village, and has grown over the years into the quintessential seaside holiday destination. The pretty beach has a backdrop of the red sand stone cliffs that are so associated with the West Country. Another claim to fame is the population of elegant black swans that make their home in the area. The railway line runs directly beside the sea, guaranteeing a scenic arrival should you chose to travel by train.

There is plenty to see and do for all ages. The Dawlish Warren Blue Flag nature reserve and beach is ideally located close to the centre of town. It incorporates mile upon mile of clean, sandy beaches with a delightful wildlife reserve that is packed full of fascinating birds, mammals, insects and reptiles. Go-karting, mini golf and traditional seaside amusements will keep children engaged and amused for hours. Add in the level shopping area and a well-appointed 18-hole golf course and fun for all the family is guaranteed.

The Dawlish carnival in August is a highpoint in the town calendar, attracting visitors from miles around, and the annual Air Show showcases a thrilling array of aircraft that loop and swoop above the spectacular coastline.

Dawlish is famous for its scenic railway route along the sea front, part of the Riviera Line, as seen on the TV programme ‘Coast’. It runs along the coast under the distinctive red cliffs, a few yards from the shoreline and cutting through a series of dramatic tunnels and coves. It runs right along the coast from Exeter to Teignmouth and is well served by national (London to Paignton) and local trains.

All the local resorts are easily accessible by train from Dawlish so you can leave the car at home and enjoy a day out, and stunning scenery, while you travel to Teignmouth, Torquay, Exeter or beyond from Dawlish station.

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