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!
Paignton and 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 views of Dartmouth and it’s famous Britannia Royal Naval College, where the Queens first met Prince Phillip, is a wonderful spectacle.
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.
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.
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 4 acres of award winning gardens showcasing hundreds of model scenes, vehicles & people.
Wander back in time starting Queens Victoria’s reign, with a life size Victorian street, then travel onto the World Wars including a world War I trench and finish off your tour in the 1950’s & swinging 1960’s!
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!
Woodlands Family Theme 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.
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.
Cockington Country Park
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!
Oldway Mansion is a well known local landmark. A beautiful building with lovely grounds, it is well worth a visit.
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.
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.
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! .
Other theatres in the Bay include Babbacombe Theatre, The Little Theatre and The Palace Theatre.
Central Cinema, Torquay https://www.merlincinemas.co.uk/?forcechoice=true
Vue Cinema, Paignton https://www.myvue.com/cinema/torbay/whats-on
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.
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/
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.