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.
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.
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.
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.
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