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Shaldon Village

A picture postcard scene

Welcome to our local village of Shaldon. We're little more than a mile from the village centre, its winding streets, and impressive beachfront.

Ness Beach

You won't be short of places to eat, drink, shop, and be active in Shaldon, thanks to the village's wide range of eateries, independent businesses, and tourist attractions.

Shaldon's highlights

Ness Cove headland

The Ness

Ness Cove Beach is accessed via an original smugglers' tunnel. You'll be rewarded by stunning views as you descend the steps onto the secluded beach.

Ness Cove Beach is Seaside Award and Marine Conservation Society-recommended. Dogs are permitted all year round on the beach, too.

Plus, for those looking to explore a little futher afield, you can pick up the nearby South West Coast Path and take in the views from the headland.

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Lemur

Shaldon Wildlife Trust Zoo

Set in peaceful woodland gardens on the Ness headland, the zoo is a tranquil setting and home to many threatened species of animal.

It's primates galore at Shaldon Zoo, where you'll find monkeys, lemurs, capuchins, loris, tamarins, marmosets, and more.

Bird lovers won't be short of feathery friends to spot, either.

You may also spot a yellow-footed tortoise or the striking blue dart frog!

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Botanical gardens

Homeyard's Botanical Gardens

The gardens were created in the 1920s and 30s by William Homeyard for his wife, Maria, after inventing a popular cough syrup. Using their fortune, they bought Ness Cottage, which lies at the east end of the gardens.

When William died in 1927, Maria not only continued to landscape the large private garden, but also built 54 homes on the hillside above the village.

Maria died in 1944 with no heirs, and Teignmouth Town Council bought the gardens in 1950. Since 1989, Friends of Homeyard's has been restoring the gardens, including significant works that were carried out in 2015.

Admission is free and the gardens are open all year.

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