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Dawlish is a quiet seaside holiday resort near the mouth of the River Exe.

The town is worth a wander around as there are pleasure gardens in the town centre, complete with the rather famous Black Swans, and the lovely Regency buildings along The Strand that reflect the town's development. Buildings of note in the narrow streets include the The Strand Mill in Brunswick Place, old cottages, and Manor House and Brook House, both built around 1800.

The resort prospered when the railway arrived in 1846 and you can find out more about Dawlish by visiting the town museum in Barton Terrace which is open Wednesday to Sunday during May to September.

Dawlish has a small shopping centre with most facilities and a railway station, often in danger of being washed away as the railway line follows the coast to Teignmouth. In 2014 the storms in January and February undermined the railway and the tracks fell into the sea cutting off the mainline service. Only by a great effort was the line restored in time for the Easter holiday period. There is now talk of re-opening the alternative line to Plymouth from Exeter via Okehampton.

Dawlish is very much a family resort with a pier and all the fun of a seaside holiday ! There are sand and shingle beaches just a short walk from the town centre. Just north of Dawlish is Dawlish Warren, a popular holiday spot with it's Blue Flag beach and sand dunes. You can get here by train,it's just one stop from Dawlish, or walk along the seawall between the railway track and the sea. Dawlish Warren has amusements, a golf course, nature reserve and holiday parks offering self-catering accommodation.

Every year the town hosts the very popular Dawlish Airshow in August. This is a popular event and if you are coming one of the best ways is take the train as parking gets difficult.

Holidays at Dawlish

Tourist Attractions in and near Dawlish to Visit



Stuart Line Cruises 3.1 miles Take a boat trip.

Exmouth Model Railway 3.3 miles See the 00 scale trains run.

World of Country Life 5.1 miles Family fun for all.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Powderham Castle 4.4 miles A nice stately home set an estate of 3500 acres.

A La Ronde 4.9 miles A 16 sided house built in 1798.

Ugbrooke Park 5.4 miles An impressive house, rebuilt on the site of a medieval house, on an estate.



Teignmouth Museum 2.6 miles Step back in time and discover the local history.

Exmouth Museum 3.7 miles Find out about Exmouth's past.


Out & About

Dawlish Warren Popular beach and wildlife area.

High Land Of Orcombe 4.1 miles Walk on National Trust land.


Theatres, Cinemas and Venues

The Carlton Theatre 2.7 miles Enjoy one of the performances.


Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Shaldon Wildlife Trust 3.3 miles Visit the small zoo.

Days Out around Dawlish.

Explore the South Devon seaside holiday resorts of Teignmouth or Exmouth and drop into Torbay for a few days.

Towns Near Dawlish To Visit - straight line distance:

Teignmouth (2.51 miles) Shaldon (3.27 miles) Starcross (3.29 miles) Exmouth (3.78 miles)
How to get to Dawlish
Dawlish, on the A379 from Exeter or Teignmouth, a nice drive from Exeter down the River Exe.

Dawlish Tourist Information Centre

  • The Lawn
    EX7 9PW
    Tel: 01626 215665
Langstone Cliff Hotel
Mount Pleasant Road, Dawlish Warren Dawlish EX7 0NA

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Gresham House Inn
1 Commercial Road Dawlish EX7 9HU

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The Blenheim
1 Marine Parade Dawlish EX7 9DJ

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Lammas Park House
3 Priory Road Dawlish EX7 9JF

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Holiday Cottages
44 Devondale Court
Dawlish Warren Dawlish EX7 0PN
Sleeps 4
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Mia Casa
Dawlish Warren Dawlish EX7 0PH
Sleeps 6
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Dawlish Weather
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