Destination: Torquay

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Known as the English Riviera, fun seaside town

Torquay

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Introducing Torquay


Torquay, often referred to as 'The English Riviera' and certainly has a continental feel about it, with a lively harbour, palm tree lined promenades, gardens and Italianate villas. It's also renowned for a great nightlife, offering many fine restaurants with great views out to sea, before you head to a theatre or club. Paignton is a town down the coast from Torquay and offers long sandy beaches and is little more family friendly than Torquay.

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Region: South West England

Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day

More Information: www.englishriviera.co.uk

What's nearby? Devonshire, Dartmoor, Exeter

What transport do you recommend? Torquay can be reached by train and walked around easily however the surrounding area requires a vehicle.

Did you know? Torquay was the inspiration and setting for John Cleese's 'Fawlty Towers' sitcom.

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What can I see in and around Torquay?


Agatha Christie Mile

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The famous crime writer Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and the Agatha Christie Mile takes in 10 landmarks associated with her, while being also giving you some excellent views as you walk.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Torquay Museum

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Torquay Museum includes a permanent exhibition on Agatha Christie where you can learn more about the famous author's life and even step inside Poirot's study and lounge. At the Torquay Museum, you will also find fascinating exhibitions about the region's archeology, geology and people.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Babbacombe

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Babbacombe offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Torquay harbour, with an 'olde worlde' charm. You'll also find the Babbacome Historic Cliff Railway, which transports you up and down the 240ft cliff face. A short walk from Babbacombe will take you to the Victorian-style predestrianised precinct of St Marychurch.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Babbacombe Model Village

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Babbacombe Model Village is famous for its miniature landscaped gardens, and has become one of Europe's Premier Model Villages, with thousands of miniature buildings, plus railways, vehicles and even a hydroelectric dam.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Cockington Court

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Cockington Court is a 17th century manor house, located just 1 mile from Torquay seafront. It houses craft studios where you can watch artists at work, before enjoying a delicious cream tea looking out on beautiful grounds.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Exeter City

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Exeter was the Roman headquarters for the South-West, with an attractive quayside, which reminds you of a maritime past, while playing host to a range of summer events including the annual Dragon boat race. St Peter's Cathedral, built in 1133, is a beautiful medieval cathedral with fine examples of decorated Gothic architecture.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Dartmoor National Park

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Dartmoor National Park offers you purple, heather clad moorland, wide open landscapes, rushing rivers and obscure stone tors, as well as picture postcard villages with narrow rambling lanes lined with thatched cottages and historic market towns.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

South Devon Steam Railway

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The South Devon Steam Railway is a 7-mile train line built in the late 19th in century in Buckfastleigh, which passes through some of Devon's most beautiful countryside. Down the line you'll discover sleepy Staverton, where time really has stood still, and on to historic Totnes.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Brixham

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Brixham is a busy fishing port and pretty harbour, where you can find stalls selling fresh seafood such as whelks, mussels, cockles, prawns and crabs. You can also take fishing or angling trips from here.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Dawlish

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Dawlish is a fascinating resort town nestled between the steep surrounding hills. There are several popular beaches here including Dawlish Warren - a wildlife haven with its own visitor centre.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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