Treat any rating above 1 star with some scepticism. It has almost certainly been posted by someone with something to gain from enticing people to this ghastly seaside town.
If you want a nice place where nice people visit and live, then this is not the place for you. This is not in doubt.
On the other hand, if you're looking for a tattoo, somewhere to walk your pitbull (but not too far in case you lose some weight), and fancy drinking in dingy pubs (with the bonus of scrapping in the streets afterwards), then this is definitely the place for you!!
You're guaranteed a hideously backward and tacky shopping experience, and to be rubbing shoulders with some choice characters. If passing through always dress down - the closer to the vagrant look the better. You dont want to stand out from the crowd.
If ever you're feeling down about where you live fear not, you can always visit Dawlish to remind yourself how lucky you are not to live there.
Dawlish is a seaside town in the Teignbridge District Council area in South Devon situated between the Devon capital Exeter and the market town Newton Abbot and attracts thousands of visitors during the spring and summer periods.
From Exeter the town is 12 miles away by car or approximately 15 minutes travel on the train.
One can easily access all the other resorts in Devon from Dawlish on this branch line which is one of the most scenic lines in the country with regular trains to Exeter, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Totnes and Plymouth and on into Cornwall.
If visiting the town by car, there is a one way system around the main town area and parking can be a problem, it is well patrolled by the Civil Enforcement Officers who do not hesitate in issuing fixed penalty notices.
I suggest that you always use the council car park situated at the end of Brunswick Place behind the public toilets which have the Black Swan pictures on them in Barton Hill.
A lot of visitors park in the car park alongside the Railway Station which is far dearer and restrictive; this car park is operated by APCOA and is also rigorously inspected.
Commute by train is reasonably priced if travelling from local towns & city of Exeter and on arrival find you're within the town without the hassle of parking.
Dawlish became popular as a holiday resort during the last century and has always been a picture postcard favourite town due to the famous Black Swans that live there.
Various gift & craft, bargain shops.
Brunswick Place & Queen Street.
Numerous café's, fish & chip and takeaways
Including the Gays Creamery ½ way along Brunswick Place
Situated on the entrance to the Strand by foot
One stop store
Half way along the Strand by foot
Cost cutter store
Situated on the corner of Queen Street and High Street.
Alexander Road is immediately at the end of the Strand and right at the cake shop.
Close by there are more shopping facilities in the Warren, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Torquay and Paington and Exeter in the opposite direction.
Situated in Dawlish warren
Co-Op & Tesco Express
ASDA, LIDL, SOMERFIELD, TESCO & SAINSBURY'S
All in Newton Abbot
WHAT TO DO:
Sea fishing & Boat trips from the sea front
Crazy Golf on the sea front, Station Road
The Lawn (large grass area for ball games, picnic's etc)
The Waterfowl Trust, Brunswick Place
The Monkey House (kiddies play) situated in Brunswick place
Bowling Green & Club on the Lawn
Dawlish Museum situated in Barton Terrace at the top of the car park beside the Barton Surgery.
Dawlish Leisure Centre (swimming pool) is about ¾ miles from the town centre on the Exeter Road, turn left up Sandy Lane.
Dawlish Warren has a sandy stretch of coastline that extends for 3 miles north towards the estuary of the River Exe.
WHAT TO DO IN THE WARREN:
Dodgems, Crazy Golf, Go-Karts
Coarse fishing @ Cofton Holiday Park, Hazlewood and Peppermint Parks.
Public Houses in the area:
Dawlish is a typical Devon town with plenty of pubs & social clubs although in recent years lost a few. All the pubs offer real ale, ciders, lagers and beer.
1. THE MARINE TAVERN food
2. THE TEIGNMOUTH INN food - karaoke
3. THE BRUNSWICK ARMS food - karaoke
4. THE SWAN INN food
5. THE RBL CLUB open to non members on request
6. THE RAFA CLUB open to non members on request
7. THE CONSERVATIVE CLUB members & affiliated
8. THE LANSDOWNE food -live music - karaoke
9. THE WHITE HART food - karaoke - quiz
10. THE OLD BREWERY food - live music
11. THE SOUTH DEVON food - karaoke
12. THE LAFFIN PIG food
13. THE EXETER INN food
14. THE RAILWAY INN food - karaoke - live music
Although the Swan is the furthest from the front it has an excellent beer garden and worth the walk for a visit. All the pubs welcome families and make a provision for the children
A short distance along the Teignmouth Hill toward Teignmouth, the Smugglers can be found. There is an excellent restaurant, good real ales and there is a large car park for customers. Well worth a visit.
1.5 miles away in Dawlish Warren there 4 pubs
1. The MOUNT PLEASANT restaurant has marvellous panoramic views over the coast & Exmouth. Serves good food & real ales.
2. THE WELCOME family pub / restaurant, carvery & good meal deals and real ale
3. LEESE BAR all pints inc' real ale priced £2-60 throughout the year
4. THE BOATHOUSE family pub / restaurant, good meal deals and real ale.
There is self catering accommodation in the town, holiday cottages & apartments that have been modernised with all the facilities you expect. Plenty of B & B Houses and The Langstone Cliff Hotel between the Warren & Dawlish.
Within a mile of the town there are holiday camps with static caravans, luxurious lodges and camping pitches in Dawlish Warren.
LADYSMILE / OAKCLIFF PARK
Also at the Warren there various B & B and holiday apartments.
I am happy to say that I am regularly able to visit this peaceful town as my dad now lives there. I remember going on holidays there as a child with my parents and as my Aunty lives there we used to visit her too. As we lived close by we never stayed over but in 2006 we took the plunge and had a holiday there and rented out a caravan on one of the Holiday Camps.
** The Beach **
The beach isn't at all sandy its more of a stony kind of sand, which isn't very pleasant on your feet, however its still very nice to look at or sit beside. There are deck chairs available and a small café/shack which sells tea/coffee, cold drinks and ice creams. The beach is situated right next to the railway station and is very easy to locate (as are most things in Dawlish as the town is very small). You can actually walk form this beach right along to Dawlish Warren as there is a footpath that will lead you there, I wouldn't recommend this walk for small children as it isn't very child friendly and will take approximately 40mins.
** Amusements **
There is only one amusement arcade that I am aware of in Dawlish, however it is fairly large and has a good variety of games etc. This arcade is visible from the train station.
** Cafes and Restaurants **
Being a seaside town there are many traditional fish and chips shops as well as cafes. There aren't many restaurants but most of the pubs sell traditional British food at affordable prices. You will see many shops and bakeries selling Devonshire cream and ice creams, which are extraordinarily delicious and the variety to chose from is endless.
** Holiday Camps **
You will find many holiday camps around Dawlish and Dawlish warren all as good as each other, most serve great food and provide excellent family entertainment. Even if you are not staying with the camp, most will allow you to use the facilities.
** Overall Opinion of the town **
This town is great for families but I would say that its not great for nightlife, if you want a relaxing day trip or holiday then this is the place to come. Overall the prices for most of the activities in Dawlish are reasonable if not excellent and you will always be able to find something to do. The town is also famous for its "Black Swans". Although its fairly quiet you have the hustle and bustle of the nearby towns, which are easy to get to by train and only take 10/15 mins.
Dawlish is a delightful little seaside town on the North East coast of Devon.
It is one place I've visited what seems like every year since the dawn of time, but I haven't really. My first memories are with my dad and older sister going there on a day coach trip every year during the Summer holidays.
The beach itself is pretty shingly, but the nearby Dawlish Warren is mainly sandy.
It's a great train trip either stopping or going along the sea wall at Dawlish despite the occasional rock falls that have happened in recent years, and I love sitting on the beach and watching the trains going past in and out of the tunnels from or to Teignmouth. The station itself is right next to the sea.
It has a putting green, and a river/stream flows directly into the sea next to it, which flows next to a small park where during the Summer often there appears some kind of tent or show. For many there are 2 main attractions to Dawlish the Black Swans and Gays Creamery - which makes its own clotted cream, ice cream, cakes, pastries and a lot of other delicious products.
Oustide the holiday season you may find the odd car park offerinf free parking, but even in high season it's still reasonably priced (unlike many other seaside locations).
For a holiday, this is an area that you will find real enjoyment, but for activities you'll find it somewhat wanting.
Dawlish in South Devon is a smallish town with many hidden surprises. There is a railway station that overlooks the main recreational area, & trains can be seen from the street passing the bridge on the way to Teignmouth & beyond. Dawlish seafront is quite charming with a long wall going out to sea, which people can stroll along. The sea barriers with the red lobster pots are still there, & you get take boats trips to starcross 7 round the bay, but to Dawlish. In the centre of Dawlish is a park that has a small river or stream running through the middle, with lights hung across the water which are quite pretty when lit at night. There are benches to sit down upon or the wall, & lots of tulip flowerbeds during the summer. There is a variety of wild fowl upon the river, including Black Swans & their chicks. You can see the newborn chicks under a kind of heat light inside a brick maternity building, through a glass window. They look really cute, & there is a notice telling you why they are there. Cross from the park & over a bridge there are some shops & a number of cafés, but you have to cross over a busy road to get to them. One of the cafés (I have forgotten the name) that had yellow sunshades & window blinds was one of the places I visited for lunch. You order your food at the bar & they bring it to you, depending on what day you go service is a lot quicker wkdays then wkends. There is also an ice cream parlour next door, & there are hundreds of coaches during the summer which pull up. There is an arcade in Dawlish, which has two life-sized horses riding Wild West style; 50p is the cost of a go. There is also a Bingo section, plus the usual slot & computer games. There are also those funny copper penny games where if you put in enough coins, you get a deluge of coppers that fall into the tray. My friend wiped out all the tokens in one machine once, & won a mini bear; wow, not! I can never understand those grabber machine?s
, won a doll once and while the grabber was bringing her over, the body fell off, so I only won the head! There is some gift shops which sell anything from glittery shell fridge magnets to more expensive things like beach shoes, its the 'rubber ring hang outside job'. There is a butcher in Dawlish & a surf board shop, for all those insane buggers still waiting for that big wave to come along. On Friday if you catch a Stagecoach bus to Dawlish Warren there can be found a market held in a field along side a car boot sale, if the weather is nice then its an excellent morning out & you can catch the same bus back to Dawlish. Dawlish I think would suit elderly people or very young children, its quiet apart from the screech of the seagulls which I miss already. There is also a clotted cream & fudge shop which is vert intresting.
I've been going to Devon for the last five years and i'm totally in love with the place,particually a little place called Dawlish. Iwas told about this place by my family,and now I look forward to going back at least once a year. Now it's not the best place in the world but it's ideal for a quiet holiday. Also it's handy for visiting places like Torquay, Exeter, Newton Abbot or Paignton. There's a lovely beach for the little ones or a coastal path for the older ones who enjoy walking. In the town centre there's a river running through and down to the sea, on the river there are Black swans and many different types of ducks who will always be very happy to let you feed them bread. There are plenty of cheap B+B's to stay at(the Ocean's being one I'd recommend which overlooks the sea). But most importantly little shops that sell real Devon ice cream(with clotted cream and a flake) it tastes great but does'nt do your figure any good. A reason in itself to go there and try it. Most definately a place to visit.
Now that christmas has gone it's time to think of holidays. For some it's going abroad, for others that means staying in Britain. If you are staying in Britain some where for you to think about is a little town in Devon called Dawlish, It's situated halfway between Torquay and Exeter. It's a lovely place with a small river running through the middle. Living on this river theres a vast array of all different breeds of ducks aswell as beautiful black swans.Dawlish is situated right on the coast so you could literally step off the beach straight into woolies and do some shopping. Or you could use Dawlish as your base to explore the surrounding areas, such as Torquay the English riviera, Exeter with it's cathedral Newton Abbot for it's shops and market or you could take a fifteen minute drive to Dartmoor and take in some breath taking scenery. Dawlish is not the place if you've got teenagers (they find it a boring place), but if your kids are young and you enjoy fresh air, peace and quiet and plenty of country-side then give the Devon tourist board a ring, get some brochures and see for yourself.
From the age of 6 to 14 I visited the holiday village of Dawlish Warren every summer on an annual family holiday. We stayed in a variety of places each year and always had something different to explore. In the early eighties, we stayed at "Warren Holiday Centres", which is a large site off the main road. It has a yellow smiley face character, which, as soon as you see this from the road, puts you in a good frame of mind straight away! Each year, we stayed in a different type of accomodation, preferring the chalet-style bungalow self-catering option. The site is well catered for families, has entertainment at night, a park and a wildlife area for the kids and a lovely brook which you can feed the ducks your leftover bread. My claim to fame is that I once fell in that brook and lived to tell the tale!! As a child, I was rather sad, and encouraged by my dad, I used to actually like "train spotting!" Aaargh, I am almost sorry to admit it, but Dawlish was, and still is to some extent, a haven for railway enthusiasts. You can even stay in the old station at Dawlish Warren, if you wish, or in some old railway carriages by the side of the line. The line is arguably the most picturesque in the UK, as it carves through cliffs and tunnels, running by the side of the sea. In the Winter, the line is one of the most trecherous, though, as the waves crash against the side of the carriages! As I got older an more independant, we used to stay in "Sea Wall Cottages" in Dawlish, just up from the station. This was an excellent base, as you could pop into town or on the beach within 2 minutes. The town had, and probably still has, all the things you would expect from a seaside town, bingo, amusements, clotted cream and scone shops, a river walk and the slowest Somerfield (and tiniest) you have ever seen! On the river are the Black swans (and many many ducks), which leads to the museum and out of town. Neighb
ouring Dawlish Warren is much cleaner nowadays than it was - the flood defences have been strengthened and much posher facilities have been installed, again, it's just great for families. The beaches are the cleanest I've ever seen, and go on for miles. On a good day, if you time it right, you can walk along the sea wall and back from Dawlish to the Warren, the sea air is just magnificent. I think you can still climb Langstone Cliff, which gives completely wonderful views of the surrounding area. I have promised my wife I will take her when Lucy (now 2) is a little older, I want to re-live my childhood memories!
This is a ideal place to visit the beasch at dawlish warren is great, its neat, clean sea and sand, and dog are allowed. This is ideal for touring as it is near Torquey etc. The town at dawlish is nice and with in dawlish there is a golf cource and sports centre. This place is ideal for tents and caravan as they have very good site which are really cheap. If the weather is fine i would rather go there than abroad. This is a place eye highly recommend.
I haven't been to Dawlish/Dawlish Warren for a few years but it was always somewhere we'd visit in summer on a Sunday afternoon for a stroll, or for our Geography field trips at school (apparently there was some good coastal erosion to be found there!). Just up the coast from Teignmouth and about 30-40 minutes in the car from Torquay, Dawlish is a pretty, small town. If you catch the train down to the South West you pass through/near the town and the views are spectacular out over the bay. From memory Dawlish is one of the few places (maybe the only place) in Britain where they have black swans and they also have good floral displays. There are amusement arcades and some shops. Dawlish Warren is a Nature Reserve and just a little furthur up the coast from Dawlish. It offers numerous caravan parks for the tourists (do a search on the internet for Dawlish and you should get back 5/6). The beach is long, 2 miles of golden sands and rock pools, backed up by the protected sand dunes. There are yet more amusement arcades, shops full of the usual touristy knik naks and places to eat and drink. The promenade is long and flat for those with pushchairs/wheelchairs. For those visiting for the day there's a large car park within easy walking distance of the beach.
If you ever thought about going to Devon then try Dawlish or the surrounding areas. The beaches are very clean, it is usually quite warm, and the people are really friendly. There are lots of places to visit using Dawlish or Dawlish Warren as your base. Babbacombe has a model village and a little museum called Bygones which has amongst other things old toys that you can look at and old fruit machines to play on with old pennies. The kids will love pressing all the buttons in the train section, and there is so much more to see. There is also a little tea room where you can buy Devon Cream Teas. If you have a car then take a drive to Paignton Zoo, it is an excellent Zoo which has recently undergone some renovations. The elephants are my favourite, the animals all look happy and well cared for. South Devon has some lovely countryside and just driving around the country lanes or taking a long walk can be relaxing. There are theme parks, castles etc within driving distance and there are plenty of cafes, pubs etc. There are train stations at Dawlish and Dawlish Warren, and Coaches run there regularly.