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Torquay Holidays

If you’re looking for somewhere special to spend your next family break, a holiday in Torquay ticks all the boxes. A bustling seaside resort since Victorian times and informally known as The English Riviera, Torquay lies on the South Devon coast and promises much more than the average traditional seaside staycation with its stunning beaches, historic architecture, harbour, marina and family attractions. Read More

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Did you know? A local’s guide to Torquay holidays…

One of three towns forming Torbay, Torquay makes a great base from which to explore the neighbouring towns and beaches of Paignton and Brixham, and a short ferry trip from the harbour will see you across the bay in under half an hour.

Torquay Attractions

For non-beach days, Torquay has an array of fantastic attractions that are sure to keep visitors of all ages entertained while on holiday. Take a fascinating step back in time with a tour around the ancient caves at Kent’s Cavern or wander the beautiful grounds of the 12th Century Torre Abbey. Children (and grow-ups) will love the Model Village in Babbacombe where a remarkable 4 acres have been transformed into a miniature world of tiny villages and satirical scenes or pack a picnic and head over to Cockington Country Park with its woodland walks and sprawling cricket lawn.

Did you know that Torquay also boasts one of only 13 cliff railways or funiculars in all of Britain? The Cliff Railway in Babbacombe has been shuttling visitors from Babbacombe Downs to Oddicombe Beach since 1926 and is a superb way to take in the spectacular views of the sea. The railway’s café is a lovely spot to enjoy a light bite, so you’ll be able to make an afternoon of it, and if you’re looking for the perfect place to capture some of those wide sea views, there’s none better that the gardens at Babbacombe Downs.

Beaches in Torquay

Whether its sandcastle building or wild swimming, Torquay’s beaches are as varied as they are plentiful. Stretching along the seafront opposite the historic site, Torre Abbey Sands is the town’s most popular beach and is perfect for families. Easy to reach from almost anywhere in the town centre, it’s also an excellent place for swimming, SUPping and kayaking.

Some of Torquay’s other fantastic beaches include Meadfoot, Oddicombe and Maidencombe. Lesser known but still well worth the effort of contending with its steep path and steps, the small shingle beach at Anstey Cove is a delightful place to escape the crowds in summer and boasts beautiful views of the sea and surrounding area.

Restaurants in Torquay

All that fresh sea air seems to build an appetite and if you’re looking for somewhere to refuel, Torquay’s restaurant scene bursts with variety. No matter the time of day or the occasion there are places to pop into for a quick bite with views over the marina, and ones to make an evening of it with swanky décor and a gourmet menu. Our favourites include Pier Point next to the Princess Theatre on the promenade, The Michelin star Elephant, Rockfish, No. 7, Old Vienna and Green Leaf Café.

  • Is Torquay worth visiting?
    Well-loved by visitors from all over the globe, Torquay’s popularity dates back to the Victorians when it really came into its own as a desirable holiday destination. TripAdvisor has officially recognized Torquay as the UK's top seaside resort owing partly to its array of fabulous attractions – and bearing in mind that these awards are based on millions of reviews and ratings by holidaymakers themselves, that’s no mean feat!
  • What is Torquay known for?
    Possibly Torquay’s most famous past resident is that of crime writer Agatha Christie who was born in the town, with many of her novels centered around Devon. Christie fans are also able to visit her holiday home at Greenway, walk the Agatha Christie Mile, and follow the Agatha Christie Literary Trail. Nearby Cockington Village with its chocolate box thatched cottages and fab tea rooms is well worth a visit and you’ll be able to stroll the grounds of Cockington Court, a former manor house of the Mallock family who were silversmiths from Exeter and who were its last owners between 1654 to 1932 . Torquay’s beautiful promenade which weaves its way past beaches, gardens, the marina and the harbour, is a wonderful way to take in some of the best sea and town views.
  • Is Dartmoor close to Torquay?
    About a half hour drive from Torquay, Dartmoor National Park is an amazing place to visit for a day out. There are tors to climb (the most famous of which is Hay Tor), where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views over the landscape, and pubs to hunker down in for a delicious lunch after windswept walks. In the summer guests can pack a picnic and while the day away in places like Becky Falls and Bellever Forest or enjoy a stunning walk up to Avon Dam.
  • Can I get active in Torquay?
    Whether you’re a water baby or a landlubber, Torquay bursts with opportunity for outdoor adventure. Watersports companies around Torquay like WeSup are an easy and safe way to get out in the sea, offering everything from lessons to equipment hire. So for surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, coasteering, or sailing there is no better place. A UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark, the area surrounding Torquay has a wealth of stunning walks and coastal paths to enjoy. There are clifftops to amble and rock pools to investigate so whether you’re looking to hike the South West Coast Path or to stroll one of the beautiful nearby beaches, there are many options to choose from.

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