Torquay

Travel Guide
Torquay which includes night scenes, a marina and a coastal town

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

The Imperial Torquay
The Imperial Torquay
4 out of 5
Park Hill Road, Torquay, England
The price is £70 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Torquay City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Peaked Tor Cove Beach, Princess Theatre, and Torquay Museum. Meadfoot Beach and ...
4/5Very Good! (974 reviews)
"Good having indoor and outdoor pools. Nice chandeliers. Had a Balcony room with an amazing view"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2021

The Imperial Torquay
Osborne Hotel
Osborne Hotel
4 out of 5
Hesketh Crescent, Torquay, England
The price is £92 per night from 8 Oct to 8 Oct
Situated in Torquay, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Meadfoot Beach and Torquay Museum. Peaked Tor Cove Beach and Princess Theatre are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (320 reviews)
"What a lovely hotel and such a good price We only booked a standard double room but it was huge The setting was lovely staff were very friendly Good breakfast in morning Unfortunately only stayed 1 night so didn’t use pool etc but we will be back"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2021

Osborne Hotel
Hampton by Hilton Torquay
Hampton by Hilton Torquay
3.5 out of 5
The Terrace Torquay Devon, Torquay, England
The price is £85 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Torquay City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torquay Museum and Princess Theatre. Peaked Tor Cove Beach and Torre Abbey Sands are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (43 reviews)
"Excellent hotel, great feel, good location, staff were great the only downside was there is no parking. They rely on local council parking which is terrible."

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

Hampton by Hilton Torquay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Astor House
Astor House
4 out of 5
Warren Road, Torquay, England
The price is £167 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (41 reviews)
Great little apartment, amazing views and location
"I was pleasantly surprised with the property. Looks better in real life than in photos. Perfect location, plenty of parking, easy check-in. Only issue we had was the back door was very stiff but I think that was due to heavy rain/water in between the door frame making it get stuck. Other than that, ..."

Reviewed on 23 May 2021

Astor House
Brand New! Torquay Heights Luxury Apartments
Brand New! Torquay Heights Luxury Apartments
3.5 out of 5
523 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, England
Located in Torquay City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Torquay Museum and Princess Theatre. Peaked Tor Cove Beach and Meadfoot ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"The property was great and perfectly located to reach the harbour, marina and the town centre by foot. Beautifully presented and very clean, with everything you need for a short break. We were the first guests (family of 3) to stay in the apartment. Lovely gesture of a bottle of Prosecco in the fridge. ..."

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2021

Brand New! Torquay Heights Luxury Apartments
The Osborne Apartments
The Osborne Apartments
3.5 out of 5
5 Hesketh Crescent, Torquay, England
Nestled on the beach, this Torquay aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Meadfoot Beach and Princess Theatre. Babbacombe Beach is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.
4.5/5Wonderful! (45 reviews)
Would visit again
"Lovely apartment with all the facilities we needed. Also used swimming pool, tennis court and bar. All good."

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2020

The Osborne Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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