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9. The Lawn, Dawlish

The Lawn is a focal point for visitors and local residents alike. The stream that runs the length of the Park is home to many species of ducks and several black swans.


The Lawn, Dawlish, EX7 9PW


  • toilets
  • pay and display car park
  • Adventure golf course
  • large stream
  • floral displays
  • bowling green


The site is flat with many level pedestrian access points. All paths are wide, level and hard, and can accommodate wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters.

Historic interest

The Lawn was formerly a swampy estuary. About 1800, Mr. John Edye Manning came into possession of this land and proceeded to reclaim it by raising the level, principally with the earth excavated in making Queen Street and Park Street. In the Georgian era the town began to develop as a resort; at the beginning of the 19th century the Strand and Brunswick Place were laid out around a lawn, and the river, Dawlish Water was straightened. 

Hiring of public open spaces

The Lawn is available to hire by community groups and fund raising organisations.