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TorquayUnited Kingdom

This popular resort area is the heart of Devon’s English Riviera, known for its palm trees, limestone cliffs and clear blue waters. 

Torquay is comprised of rocky coastline dotted with beaches bordered by red cliffs. The town has a mild microclimate, with semitropical plants throughout its parks and gardens. Relax on sandy beaches, learn about the town’s interesting literary connections and enjoy lively concerts and evening theatrical productions.

Visit one of the town’s most famous attractions, 12th-century Torre Abbey. The abbey was transformed into a country home by the wealthy Cary family and now houses a museum and art gallery. Check out the impressive drawings by William Blake. Wander around the surrounding gardens, which include a special Potent Plant plot of species used to make poisons featured in author Agatha Christie’s crime novels.

The town’s quite popular main beach, Torre Abbey Sands, takes its name from the nearby abbey. Explore some of the 20 other beaches along the town’s 22 miles (35 kilometers) of coastline. Don’t miss tranquil Beacon Cove, said to be Agatha Christie’s favorite bathing spot.

Visit the mysterious Kents Cavern, a subterranean network of caves. Touted as the oldest recognizable human dwelling in Britain, the underground maze of rock galleries and chambers can be explored on a guided tour. Look for the bear-like skull of ursus deningeri embedded in the rock of the cave’s Water Gallery.

Be sure to visit Cockington, a charming village of thatched cottages just outside Torquay. Check out the village’s picturesque church as well as its archetypal English pub designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. On the outskirts of town is Cockington Court Craft Centre, a 17th-century manor where you can watch craftspeople at work. The manor is surrounded by a beautiful 460-acre (186-hectare) country park, where walking trails meander through lush fields and woods.

To reach Torquay, drive about 20 minutes from Newton Abbot. The town is well connected to cities throughout the U.K. by National Express coach. Alternatively, take the train with direct service from Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol or London.

Where to stay in Torquay

Torquay City Centre, Torquay, England, United Kingdom

Torquay City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(384 area reviews)

Torquay City Centre is a destination visitors seek out for its great bars, beautiful seaside views and captivating waterfront views. You might also want to check out attractions like Princess Theatre or Torre Abbey Sands while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Torquay City Centre
Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens featuring a park

Babbacombe

4.5/5Wonderful!(47 area reviews)

Seaside views and restaurants are notable features of Babbacombe. You might consider stopping by Babbacombe Cliff Railway while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Babbacombe

Top hotels in Torquay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
BELGRAVE SANDS HOTEL & SPA
BELGRAVE SANDS HOTEL & SPA
4 out of 5
2 Belgrave Rd, Torquay, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £128 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Located in Torquay City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torre Abbey Sands and Princess Theatre. Babbacombe Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (211 reviews)

"Fab hotel and location! Very clean and taking Covid rules very seriously. Let us keep car in car park for all of the day we had checked out meaning we could stay in Torquay to make the most of it with free parking! Would stay again"…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2020

BELGRAVE SANDS HOTEL & SPA
The Imperial Torquay
The Imperial Torquay
4 out of 5
Park Hill Road, Torquay, England
The price is £89 per night from 21 Oct to 22 Oct

Located in Torquay City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Living Coasts and Princess Theatre. Babbacombe Beach is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) away. Torquay ...

4/5Very Good! (973 reviews)

"Beautiful views of the sea, with direct access to the south west coast walk. Rooms are light, spacious, comfortable and clean. Hotel staff doing a reasonable job of navigating COVID-19 safety measures, however there were occasional queues at reception, the bar and most of all for breakfast in the ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2020

The Imperial Torquay
Astor House
Astor House
4 out of 5
Warren Road, Torquay, England
The price is £145 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Located in Torquay City Centre, this beach apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Torre Abbey Sands and Princess Theatre. Babbacombe Beach is 2 mi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (33 reviews)

"Great location, just a short walk to the local shops and restaurants. Easy to park on the street right opposite the building. Lovely view from the balcony."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2020

Astor House

Popular places to visit in Torquay

Princess Theatre
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Princess Theatre

4/5(38 reviews)

See a stand-up show, musical or other live production at this much-loved coastal theater, located close to many of Torquay’s most popular attractions. 

Babbacombe Beach
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Babbacombe Beach

4.5/5(152 reviews)

This unspoiled cove was once the home of fishermen and smugglers. Now it’s a popular beach on the English Riviera coastline.

Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens
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Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Visit this miniature world, which has been growing since 1963. See buildings, people and animals recreated with a touch of British humor.

Torquay United FC
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Torquay United FC

Catch an event at Torquay United FC during your trip to Torquay.Amble around this quaint area's beautiful beaches or experience its entertainment choices.

Meadfoot Beach
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Meadfoot Beach

5/5(4 reviews)

Walk along a scenic coastal path from Torquay Harbour to reach this well-maintained beach, a favorite with water sports fans. 

Torquay Golf Club
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Torquay Golf Club

On a clear day, catch glimpses of Portland Bill while practicing your drive on this old-fashioned parkland course that is sheltered from sea breezes.

Top things to do in Torquay

UK OFF ROAD TOUR - 7 day shared driving experience
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UK OFF ROAD TOUR - 7 day shared driving experience

£1,599
Per adult
OFF ROAD TOUR - Full day shared driving experience
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OFF ROAD TOUR - Full day shared driving experience

£130
Per adult
OFF ROAD TOUR - Half Day Single Driver driving experience
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OFF ROAD TOUR - Half Day Single Driver driving experience

£149
Per adult
OFF ROAD TOUR - Full day Single Driver experience
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OFF ROAD TOUR - Full day Single Driver experience

£299
Per adult
OFF ROAD TOUR - Half day shared driving experience
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OFF ROAD TOUR - Half day shared driving experience

£80
Per adult
Hot Air Balloon Flight from Tiverton
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Hot Air Balloon Flight from Tiverton

£141
Per adult

Reviews of Torquay

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 47.36842105263158%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.789473684210526%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.3157894736842106%
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4/5 - Good

Jac

16 Mar 2020

Really enjoyed the area, particularly the coast path.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Feb 2020

Despite not venturing too far away, we had a relaxing weekend without any worries. We visited Teignmouth and also Dartmouth over the weekend. Being out of season there were not many of the touristy shops open.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

Out of season but does look a little tired now. There are lots to do & very pretty in the summer as the coast is beautiful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Jan 2020

Would highly recommend Abbey Sands Hotel, couldn't fault anything

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Jan 2020

Beautiful place and location

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan 2020

The town was a good little town and had lots of different shops!

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