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Torquay
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Torquay PromenadeTorquay & The English Riviera
Cockington, Babbacombe and Maidencombe
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Torquay is famous for its Palm tree lined seafront, Italian style white villas perched high on the surrounding hillsides and fabulous yachts moored in the modem marina help to create a truly relaxing, continental and stylish atmosphere that our visitors just love to soak up. For well over a hundred years, the fashionable town of Torquay has attracted the rich and famous.

Today, thousands of visitors still enjoy Torquay's sophisticated charm, which combined with modem attractions, and amenities have produced a truly first class resort. There is an abundance of pavement cafes, pubs, restaurants and nightlife, good quality shops and a host of family attractions.

Enjoy-the superb beaches and spectacular views from cliff top coastal paths or simply stroll along the elegant seafront promenades.

Torquay also boasts a number of heritage sites including Torre Abbey and Kents Cavern while literary associations include the world's greatest mystery writer, Dame Agatha Christie. Torre Abbey was reopened on July 5th having received a heritage lottery grant for refurbishment.

Follow the Agatha Christie Trail and discover the Torquay that inspired her ever-popular detective stories.

Today, Torquay is one of the most stylish resorts in Britain. Its elegant Victorian terraces, white villas and famous seven hills provide the backdrop to popular, modern facilities such as the Riviera Centre and a busy shopping centre.

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Torre Abbey
Torre Abbey - Torquay

Torre Abbey was founded in 1196. Monks to Spanish Armada sailors had lived here. It is now used as an art gallery, showing oil and watercolour paintings. Torre Abbey now is the official residence of the Mayor of Torbay. T

he most notable residents were the Cary family who lived there for 268 years , from 1662 up until 1930. The Carys, helped to develop modern Torquay. They built a secret chapel under the roof of the west wing. In 1779 they converted the former Abbots Hall into a chapel and this then served as the parish church for local Catholics until 1856.

The early monastic 'Tithe Barn' is one of Britain's most complete early medieval barns. In 1588 the barn was used to house 400 Spanish prisoners from the Spanish Armada and so it is now aptly named 'The Spanish Barn'.

Spanish Barn
Spanish Barn - Torre Abbey
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Day trips aroung the bay and to Dartmouth
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The Riviera Centre & Torre Abbey Meadows

The Riviera Centre is situated within Torre Abbey Meadows. No matter what the weather our pool offers great fun for all the family! With wave machine, flume, water activity centre, sloping access and heated to a lovely 30 degrees the pool is warm & welcoming

  • Waves Leisure Pool - AKA The indoor beach
  • The Bay Brasserie - Food all day every day
  • Neptune’s Galley Café-Diner
  • Lifestyle Health & Fitness Suite
  • Conferences & Events - Open for holding events

Torquay's Waterfront

Torquay's waterfront is the focus of life in the Town. Here you'll find the palm lined promenade, a lively harbour and an international marina. Yet within minutes of the town centre there are beautiful beaches easily accessible on foot, by car or by bus.

Beacon Quay Torquay has all the facilities of a modern resort with the style and elegance of a time gone by. No wonder its popularity has never waned.

For visiting Yachtsmen there is a choice of two marinas. The main MDL marina offers over 400 pontoon berths, complete with shoe suppor, toilets and showers, as well as secure car parking. The new Torquay Town pontoons, provide safe pontoon berths within the harbour.

Living Coasts - Torquay

Living Coasts is one of south Devon's most popular family attractions. Situated on the coast line with fabulous views of Tor Bay this unique coastal zoo gives a fascinating insight into marine life.


Developed by Paignton Zoo; Living Coasts is home to a wide array of marine wildlife from puffins to penguins, fur seals to ducks.

It is a thoroughly entertaining and educational day out especially for youngsters. With much to do from feeding times to watching the animals swimming underwater through the special glass windows, Living Coasts is a wonderful family day out.

Torquay Princess Pier

Babbacombe

Perched high on the cliffs, Babbacombe and St. Marychurch offer their own unique attraction. Life in St. Marychurch revolves around Fore Street with its charming collection of select shops.

In Babbacombe, the views from the Downs are spectacular and the gardens are ideal for a morning or evening stroll, along the clifftops. Babbacombe is also the home of the Model Village, three superb fish and chip shops and the Babbacombe Theatre which runs a summer show each year.

Babbacombe Model villageBABBACOMBE MODEL VILLAGE A World of Miniature Marvels! A miniature world that captures the imagination of all ages! Sound & animation, along with some very British humour, all help to bring this world to life. Adults & children love the additional attractions such as the crazy mini-golf, 4D special effects cinema and the character trails to see who can find the hidden gems.

Babbacombe Model village

Maidencombe

An unspoilt coastal hamlet boasting a sheltered beach and magnificent coastal walks with panoramic views. The manor of "Medencumbe" is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and one of the oldest buildings is the "Courthouse", parts of which date back to the 14th Century.

The coastal farm and woodlands are managed under the "Countryside Stewardship Scheme" to protect wildlife, encourage traditional farming and allow public access and enjoyment of the area. Maidencombe is a delight to stay in and an ideal base from which to explore south Devon.

Cockington - TorquayCockington

Only a mile from Torquay seafront, Cockington is a journey into a bygone age. In an idyllic village setting you can wander around thatched cottages, watch the blacksmith at work in the forge, enjoy a cream tea and stroll through acres of gardens and woodland. In the heart of the estate stands Cockington Castle, a 17th Century Manor house. At the Court you'll find craft demonstrations, a Norman church and an organic garden.

Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern is located just a mile away from the bustling harbour town of Torquay and is a thoroughly fascinating and educational day out for all the family.

Take a guided tour around Britain's most important Stone Age Heritage site. These prehistoric caves, at over 500,000 years old are the oldest recognisable examples of human dwelling in the UK. See spectacular rock formations and wonderful prehistoric finds which give a fascinating insight into human habitation some 500,000 years ago.


TORQUAY BEACH GUIDE

Beach life in Torquay is always close at hand. A string of nine beautiful beaches and coves stretch out along the palm lined coast, only minutes from the resort centre. Our high standards of water quality and beach facilities mean that many carry coveted awards, including no less than three European Blue Flags - more than any other resort in the UK! So, whether you're looking for peace and quiet or fun and games, the perfect spot is never far away!

Torre Abbey Sands

TORRE ABBEY SANDS Beach

Beach Details: Torre Abbey

Beach Type: Sand     Access: Easy

Ample Parking - No Dogs Allowed - Shallow Waters - Safe Swimming, with care - Warning Flags - Life Saving Equipment - First Aid Post - Toilets - Refreshments - Deck Chair Hire -Telephone - Watersports Operate - No dogs during summer season (1st May to 30th Sept)

Torre Abbey Sands is Torquay's main beach. This is a large sandy beach, ideal for families, right on the Promenade. The sand is soft, but there are also some rocky sections. The waters are shallow and safe, and it's a great beach for families. Water sports also operate. The main railway is nearby.

Disabled Facilities

Easy Disabled Access to Beach - Toilets nearby


Corbyn Sands

CORBYN SANDS Beach

Beach Details: Corbyn Sands

Beach Type: Sand/Shingle     Access: Easy

Parking ¼ mile from beach - No Dogs Allowed - Safe Swimming, with care - Warning Flags - Life Saving Equipment - Toilets- Deck Chair Hire - Beach Chalet Hire - Cafe - Guide dogs only - Watersports Operate

Surrounded by rocky cliffs and traditional beach huts, this sandy beach is a favourite family beach. Corbyn can be reached via the regular bus service or the main railway which is nearby.

Disabled Facilities

Easy Disabled Access to Beach - Toilets nearby - Steepish slope from the promenade to the cafe and beach

Maidencombe Beach

MAIDENCOMBE Beach

Beach Details: Maidencombe

Beach Type: Sand/Shingle    Access: Easy, steep in places

Ample Parking - Dogs Allowed - Safe Swimming, with care - Warning Flags - Life Saving Equipment - Toilets - Refreshments Deck Chair Hire - Telephone - Dogs allowed

After a short walk from the car park the path opens up over a delightful little cove, surrounded by red sandstone cliffs. Good access to the coastal paths giving excellent views of the rugged coastline. Lots of rock pools at low tide.

Disabled Facilities

Difficult Disabled Access to Beach - Toilets nearby (summer only)

 

Babbacombe

BABBACOMBE

Beach Details: Babbacombe Beach

Beach Type: Sand/Shingle     Access: Moderate

Attractions: Popular fishing point - off breakwater
Limited Parking - No Dogs Allowed - Safe Swimming, with care - Life Saving Equipment - Toilets - Refreshments - Deck Chair Hire - Telephone

Over the last 15 years Babbacombe Beach has become one of the South West's leading diver training and scuba diving venues.
Babbacombe is a delightful small beach operated by a private company. An interesting place to explore with rock pools, cliffs and walks. The beach attracts diving groups and fishing enthusiasts.

Disabled Facilities

Moderate Disabled Access to Beach - Toilets nearby

WATCOMBE - Seaside Award

Beach Details: Watcombe

Beach Type: Sand/Shingle     Access: Moderate, steep in places

Limited Parking - Dogs Allowed - Safe Swimming, with care - Life Saving Equipment - Toilets - Refreshments - Beach Shop - Deck Chair Hire

Disabled Facilities

Difficult Disabled Access to Beach

ODDICOMBE - Blue Flag/Seaside Award

Beach Details: Oddicombe Beach (Babbacombe)

Beach Type: Sand/Shingle     Access: Moderate, cliff lift

Parking ½ mile from beach - No Dogs Allowed - Safe Swimming, with care - Warning Flags - Life Saving Equipment - First Aid Post - Toilets - Baby changing facilities - Refreshments - Beach Shop - Deck Chair Hire - Beach Chalet Hire - Telephone

Disabled Facilities

Moderate Disabled Access to Beach - Toilets nearby

ANSTEY'S COVE, Torquay - Blue Flag/Seaside Award

Beach Details: Anstey's Cove

Beach Type: Shingle/Rock    Access: Moderate, steep in places

Parking ½ mile from beach - No Dogs Allowed - Safe Swimming, with care - Warning Flags - Life Saving Equipment - First Aid Post - Toilets Refreshments - Beach Shop - Deck Chair Hire - Beach Chalet Hire

Disabled Facilities

Difficult Disabled Access to Beach - Toilets nearby

MEADFOOT BEACH, Torquay - Blue Flag/Seaside Award

Beach Details: Meadfoot

Beach Type: Pebble/Sand     Access: Easy

Ample Parking - Dogs Allowed (Kilmore End) - Safe Swimming, with care- Life Saving Equipment - First Aid Post - Toilets - Baby changing facilities - Refreshments - Deck Chair Hire

Disabled Facilities

Easy Disabled Access to Beach - Toilets nearby

 
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