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Welcome to Torquay


Torquay, The English Riviera

Welcome to The English Riviera where a warm welcome awaits! It’s no wonder this resort was voted the top trending holiday destination in 2021! With its iconic palm trees, busy harbour, international marina, sandy award winning beaches and wonderful array of continental style cafes, restaurants and cocktail bars, the scene is set for the perfect Devon seaside holiday or short break.

It’s fabulous location means you are close by to the local fishing port of Brixham, the market town of Totnes, the coastal villages of the South Hams, the rugged wilderness and beauty of Dartmoor, the historic cities of Exeter and Plymouth and much much more.

Torquay offers the perfect destination. If you enjoy nature Torquay a designated UNESCO site. Torquay is full of history with perhaps it’s most famous resident being Agatha Christie. There is so much we could write about it, but why not come and see for yourself!

Torquay Attractions

We highly recommend the following most popular attractions and numerous activities in Torbay.

Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway

Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway

Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway runs from Paignton to Dartmouth, running over seven miles it is a beautiful ride along the coast. The scenery in superb which climaxes in the most breath-taking views of Dartmouth and it’s famous Britannia Royal Naval College, where the Queens first met Prince Phillip, is a wonderful spectacle.

Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway

Greenway House

Greenway House is an estate on the River Dart, near Galmpton. It is famous for being the home of the crime author Agatha Christie, she once called Greenway ‘the loveliest place in the world’. Explore the house, gardens and woodland.

Greenway House

Bygones Victorian Experience

Bygonnes

Wander back in time starting Queens Victoria’s reign, with a life size Victorian street with over 20 life size Victorian shops! Then continue your travels onto the World Wars including a World War I trench, before finishing off your tour in the swinging 1950’s & 1960’s!

Bygonnes 

Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo is the third largest zoo in the country. Home to thousands of amazing animals and plants including lions, tigers, giraffes, gorillas and much much more. You can visit the desert, cross the savannah, explore the forest and trek through the tropics. A must if visiting with children.

Paignton Zoo

Kents Cavern

Kent’s Cavern

Kent’s Cavern is one of the most important Palaeolithic caves in Northern Europe and the oldest recognisable human dwelling in Britain. It holds beautiful and spectacular geological formations and significant prehistoric finds, some over 700,000 years old.

Kents Cavern

Village of Cockington

Cockington

Only a mile from Torquay seafront, the Domesday Book village of Cockington has hardly changed through the centuries. Come and explore this special village, its historic manor house and the 460 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland around. It is completely free to enter and you can lose yourself here for a whole day!

Cockington Country Park

Riviera Centre Indoor Beach

Riviera Centre

Torquay’s premier indoor leisure centre. The waves leisure pool features a giant flume and a wave machine to add an extra splash of fun! There is also the Lifestyle fitness suite and the Aqua Lounge with a soft play area and restaurant.

Riviera Centre 

Woodlands Leisure Park

Woodlands Leisure Park

Woodlands is the largest theme park in Devon and a fun filled family day out for everyone. With one of the largest and best indoor play areas in the South West, amazing water rides, a zoo farm and much more, there’s fun to be had rain or shine.

Woodland Leisure Park

Quaywest Water Park

Splashdown

Get Wet and Go Wild at Splashdown water park! With twisting tyre rides and slippery waterslides, do you dare to go down the Devil’s Drop! It is the place to visit on a hot day!

Splashdown

Oldway Mansion

Oldway Mansion

Oldway Mansion is a well known local landmark. A beautiful building with lovely grounds, it is well worth a visit. There are 60 free car parking spaces and 2 Coach parking spaces.

 

Torre Abbey in Torbay Torre Abbey

History comes alive at Torbay’s most historic building. Built in 1196 you can trace the 800 years of development from monastery, imposing home of wealthy families, to Mayor’s official residence of modern day.

Torre Abbey

Goodrington Park Wild Bird Habitat

Goodrington Park

Goodrington Park is a natural habitat for swans, geese and wild birds. This is ideal picnic area and safe for  families. Young’s Park, Goodrington Beach and Splashdown offers family fun with bumper boats, swan pedalo’s, crazy golf, quad bikes, lovely cafes/pub and beautiful walks, not to mention the long sandy beach.

Goodrington Park 

Babbacombe Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village

Feel like a giant as you step through the small entrance and let the vast miniature world open up before you. Explore four acres of award winning gardens showcasing hundreds of model scenes, vehicles & people.

Babbacombe Model Village

Vue Cinema Paignton

Vue Cinema

A Multiplex cinema complex showing all the new releases located on Paignton beach front!

Vue Cinema 

 

Princess Theatre Torquay

Princess Theatre

Located on the promenade is Torquay’s main theatre, the Princess Theatre. It runs a full and varied programme of theatrical shows and musical numbers as well as the yearly pantomime – oh no it doesn’t, oh yes it does!

Princess Theatre

 

There’s Loads More Fun to be Had!

Boat Trips
There is a wide variety of boat trips around the Bay, which are bookable from various firms by the harbourside and piers. Most beaches also hire small boats and pedaloes.

Sailing and Yachting
These are unequalled in Torbay, and the regattas in August are a superb spectacle. The Royal Torbay Yacht Club is at Beacon Terrace, where you can learn to sail.

Fishing
Sea Fishing is permitted from Haldon Pier, Princess Pier or the many rocks that surround the bay. Fishing trips are readily available from one of the many vendors on the Pier’s. Mackerel, bass, pollack, bream, conger and whiting are all caught in the bay.

Paddle Boarding and Kayaking
Paddle boarding and kayaking is a must if you come to the coast. These can be hired on Torre Abbey beach from Wesup https://torquay.wesuphq.com/

Golf
There are two crazy golf courses in the Bay, Pirate Golf in Paignton and Jungle Golf in Torquay.
There is also two beautifully situated 18 hole course’s. Torquay Golf Club https://www.torquaygolfclub.co.uk/ and Churston Golf Club https://www.churstongolf.com/. Visitors requiring temporary membership should apply to the Secretary.

Swimming & Beaches
Along the 22 miles of the English Riviera coastline there are 20 beaches from wide sandy stretches to hidden rocky coves.

Sports Galore
There’s racing, riding, pitch and putt, bowling, squash, tennis, paragliding, water-skiing, windsurfing and more all available to experience and enjoy, right on your doorstep.

Walking
With over 22 miles of walks along the South West Coastal Path. Dartmoor is also close by.

Follow this link to see what events are going on in Torbay in 2022! https://www.englishriviera.co.uk/whats-on

Explore Further Afield

Torquay’s excellent location is unprecedented. We recommend using Torquay as a base and go and explore outside the area.
Wander around the harbours of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. You could even catch the ferry over from Torquay to Brixham (seasonal). All three towns have some unique shops and an abundance of cafes and restaurants.

Slightly further afield, is the national park of Dartmoor. Dartmoor has it all, you can ramble across the wilds of the park, go letterboxing or rock climbing, see the famous Dartmoor Ponies, visit places of interest such as Widdecombe in the Moor, Haytor or even Dartmoor Prison! It’s great granite Tors and heather covered moorland, deep wooded gorges, beautiful reservoirs and tumbling rocky rivers, Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles, the largest, and wildest, area of open country in southern England.

Totnes and Dartington Hall are less than 30 minutes away. Totnes is an Elizabethan river town with an ancient castle. The beauty of Dartington Hall with it’s glorious gardens and world famous arts and music activities makes this an essential place to visit.

The South Hams is an area of exceptional beauty and contrast with river estuaries, rolling hills and thatched cottages surrounding the lovely old towns of Dartmouth, Totnes, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Modbury and Ivybridge. The South Hams has some of the most beautiful, safe, clean and best managed beaches you’ll find anywhere.

Exeter is the regions capital and it’s not hard to see why. This university city offers everything from a thriving high street, to a stunning waterfront area along the river, to cultural diversity we definatly recommend the underground passages of Exeter! Exeter shines with colourful character and offers a delightful mix of high quality attractions, restaurants and shops, in a setting of architectural splendour.

Plymouth is Britain’s Coastal City! Stepped in history this is the city where old meets new. The historic area of the Barbican and Hoe has some of the most important history in our heritage. Sir Francis Drake and his Spanish Armada set off on it’s historic voyage from here. The city centre itself offers an abundance of shops, restaurants, nightclubs an indoor entertainment venues.

Eating Out

There are many culinary delights to be found in Torquay. The world renowned fishing port of Brixham is close by, so locally fresh caught seafood is a speciality at most restaurants.
Below is just a handful of amazing restaurants that we personally enjoy, we do recommend that you
pre-book your favourite restaurant to avoid disappointment.

The Elephant

Torquay first Michelin star restaurant for over 15 years! This seaside eatery uses locally sourced produce.

Tel: 01803 200044

The Elephant 

The Orange Tree Restaurant

The Orange Tree

Featured in Michelin and Good food guides. Great treat for a special meal out.

Tel: 01803 213936

The Orange Tree

Amici

Great family run Italian with a wide variety of dishes from pasta to pizza to salads.

Tel: 01803 201770

Amici

On the Rocks Restaurant

On the Rocks

Locally sourced food, limited dishes but well worth a visit. Seafood is a speciality.

Tel: 01803 203666

On The Rocks 

Rock Fish Cafe

Rockfish

Great fish and chips at Mitch Tonks café overlooking the harbour. Also a takeaway.

Tel: 01803 212175

Rockfish 

Pier Point Cafe

Pier Point

Next to the Princess Theatre overlooking sea; indoor and outdoor seating; fabulous views and good food.

Pier Point

 

The Shack Restaurant

The Shack

Highly rated home made burger restaurant and Sunday carvery.

Tel: 01803 294400

The Shack 

Prezzo

Famous Italian restaurant known for it’s pizzas.

Tel: 01803 389525

Prezzo 

Bistrot Pierre

French cuisine with a balcony and fabulous views of the Bay.

Tel: 01803 221213

Bistrot Pierre 

 

Visto Lounge

Modern yet relaxing eatery, great views of the Bay with a fabulous Tapa’s and Breakfast menu.

Tel: 01803 211009

Visto Lounge 

Las Iguanas

Mexican and Latin American with amazing cocktails.

Tel: 01803 308378

Las Iguanas 

Angels Tea Room

Angels Tea Rooms

The best tea room is Devon! This is a must you won’t be disappointed! Outside terrace with sea views.

Tel: 01803 324477

Angels Tea Rooms 

 

Riverford Field Kitchen Organic Farm

Riverford Field Kitchen

Buckfastleigh (30 minute drive away). An organic dining experience. Need to book in advance. There’s also a farm tour great for kids with tractor rides and pick your own fruit and veg.

Tel 01803 762074

Riverford Kitchen

Coppa Dolla

Broadhempston (30 minute drive away). Home of the 2 in 1 pie! A family run business with 30 year old family recipes, in a traditional country setting this is the perfect place.

Tel: 01803 812455

Coppa Dolla Inn

Ullacombe Farm

A lovely café with an onsite farm shop and butchery located in Bovey Tracey. There is an outside play area and it is always decorated during the main holiday. More than that the food is outstanding we recommend trying the wide variety of brownies!

Tel: 01364 661341

Ullacombe Farm


Torquay Takeaway Delivery Service

 

Chinese

Yum Sing

Closed Sunday & Monday
01803 326181

Yum Sing

Upton Cantonese*

Closed Monday
01803 293314

Upton Cantonese

China Tang

Closed Monday
01803 213344

China Tang

Indian

Bombay Express*

Open Thursday to Sunday
01803 380060

Bombay Express

Simla Spice

Open 7 Days a Week
01803 295556

Simla Spice

Mahabharat

Open 7 Days a Week
01803 215541

Mahabharat

Pizza & Grill

Pappa’s*

Open 7 Days a Week
01803 299008

Pappa’s

Tor Grill

Open 7 Days a Week
01803 21500

Tor Grill

Aroma Grill

Open 7 Days a Week
01803 392743

Aroma Grill

Thai

I Am Thai*

Closed Wednesday
01803 473341

I Am Thai

Jasmines Thai

Closed Monday
01803 446028

Jasmines Thai

Junjaow Thai

Open 7 days a Week
01803 213631

Junjaow Thai

Burgers

Fat Cow

Open 7 Days a Week
01803 211075

Fat Cow

Meat 59*

Closed Sunday & Monday
01803 431221

Meat 59

The Shack

Closed Monday & Tuesday
01803 294400

The Shack

Fish & Chips

Hanburys*

Closed Sunday
01803 329928

Hanburys

Drakes

Closed Monday
01803 323302

Drakes

Saltwater

Open 7 Days a Week
01803 414142

Saltwater

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