Dawlish is tucked away in a quiet corner of South Devon, bounded by the Exe Estuary to the east and the Teign estuary to the west. During your visit, enjoy views of the sea, and head out to one of the many beaches in South Devon, UK.
You don’t come across Dawlish by accident, as it’s not on the main road to anywhere! To get here you turn off the main Devon highways at Exeter or Newton Abbot, but it is very much worth the detour, as there are many interesting things to do in Dawlish.
Dawlish nestles into the valley of the Dawlish Water River on the south coast of Devon. As it flows through the town, the river becomes known as ‘The Brook’ and is home to the famous black swans of Dawlish.
Behind the town the Dawlish Water valley rises steeply up to Ashcombe and Haldon. This is true Devon countryside with its narrow winding roads and high hedges running through fields, woodland and small hamlets with their thatched cottages.
The seaward side the town is bounded by the sea wall of Brunel’s famous ‘Atmospheric Railway’, which provides a seaside promenade well over a mile long to Dawlish’s close neighbour, Dawlish Warren, where you can visit absolutely breathtaking beaches. To learn more about Dawlish and its history, visit the Dawlish Museum during your stay.
There are many dining options in the area for you to discover and enjoy. We’re always delighted to offer recommendations on the best place to eat. Simply let us know what you are looking for and we can offer well-informed suggestions that only the locals knows about. Many of the area's highly sought-after restaurants get booked up relatively quickly so be sure to let us know what you’re looking for in advance. Some of our top recommendations include:
Dawlish warren is just 2 miles from Lyme Bay House, and consists of miles of stunning beaches, perfect for hiking and enjoying a beautiful sunset. Dawlish Warren is also home to one of the area’s best golf courses and a number of gift shops, so you can bring something home to your loved ones.
Hop on a train from our bed and breakfast in South Devon to Dawlish Warren using the Atmospheric Railway, or take a hike down the footpath which runs alongside the railway.
Get out and take advantage of the opportunity to see black swans, introduced from Western Australia. These swans live amongst other exotic waterfowl in Dawlish.