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English Riviera Attractions - Things to Do in Torquay, Paignton & Brixham

ENGLISH RIVIERA ATTRACTIONS

Your online guide to thing to do and local attractions throughout the Torbay area. Below you will find a list of all the most popular attractions in the Torquay, Paignton and Brixham areas. From fabulous family days out to fascinating museums there is something for everyone to do in the English Riviera no matter what the weather brings!

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Things to do in Torquay

ENGLISH RIVIERA GEOPARK & TRAILS

Explore the English Riviera Global Geopark with the Geopark Trails. You'll discover 400 Million years of unique geology all within the 22 miles of coastline, from Berry Head to Hopes Nose and beyond.

www.englishrivierageopark.org.uk

TORBAY COAST & COUNTRYSIDE TRUST

An independent charity dedicated to looking after some of Torbay's most important wildlife and heritage sites including Cockington Country Park, Occombe Farm and the Seashore Centre.

www.countryside-trust.org.uk

BABBACOMBE MODEL VILLAGE

A great family day out! A magical miniature village and railway set in 4 acres of stunning, award winning gardens. Feel like a giant as you wander through the miniature displays.

www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk

ABBEY PARK LEISURE

Overlooking the Torquay seafront, the complex offers ten all weather tennis courts, a 9 hole par 3 pitch n putt golf course and outdoor bowling green. The facilities are open to the general public all year round.

www.abbeyparkleisure.co.uk

SOUTH WEST COAST PATH

The South West Coast Path is well known for the quality of its walking experience, with its stunning scenery of high cliffs, sandy beaches, rolling countryside and picturesque seaside towns.

www.southwestcoastpath.com

ROYAL TERRACE GARDENS

Also known as Rock Walk, this stunning illuminated staircase and network of paths leads to a viewing platform which offers stunning sea views across Tor Bay.

GREENWAY FERRY

Greenway Ferry offers regular boat trips, ferry services and excursions from Torquay & Brixham. Popular pleasure crusies include the Seafari Cruise in search of seals and dolphins as well as many other trips.

www.greenwayferry.co.uk

BLUE PLAQUE HERITAGE TRAIL

With 49 blue plaques across the Tor Bay area the Blue Plaque Heritage Trail is a fantasitc way to discover some of the areas fascinating history.

BABBACOMBE DOWNS

With the highest cliff top promenade in England on a clear day you can see right across to Portland Bill in Dorset. The perfect spot to relax and gaze out to sea!

COCKINGTON COURT & COUNTRY PARK

This historic manor house now houses over 20 craft studios, a tea room, art gallery, rose garden and children's play area. All located within an award-winning country park just a mile from the seafront.

www.cockingtoncourt.org

POPPINS POTTERY

This small, friendly Ceramic Studio is a great place to visit with all the family. Choose your pottery and paint it yourself to create a unique gift or memory to treasure.

www.poppinskeepsakes.co.uk

BABBACOMBE THEATR

Arguably one of the most popular theatres in the South West. The Babbacombe Theatre offers an array of highly acclaimed variety shows throughout the year.

www.babbacombe-theatre.com

TESSIER GARDENS

Located between Babbacombe and St Marychurch, Tessier Gardens is a delightful public park gifted to the town in 1933 by Mrs H.A Tessier. A real place of peace and tranquility.

www.tessiergardensfriendsgroup.co.uk

COMPTON CASTLE

This National Trust property was home to the Gilbert family for over 600 years. Located just 5 miles from Torquay, Compton Castle is a fortified manor house set in stunning countryside.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

TORQUAY MUSEUM

Know as one of the best museums in the South West, Torquay Museum boasts any array of fascinating exhibits. A journey of discovery for all ages.

www.torquaymuseum.org

BYGONES

Take a trip back in time to the Victorian era! Bygones is a fabulous and educational attractions for all the family with its life-size Victorian street and shops, model railway and much, much more.

www.bygones.co.uk

TORQUAY'S DINOSAUR WORLD

Indoor dinosaur fun for all the family! Don't miss out on Devon's most fun and exciting prehistoric attraction! See the dinosaurs brought to life in spine-tingling detail!

www.torquaysdinosaurworld.co.uk

BABBACOMBE CLIFF RAILWAY

Surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found in the UK, the Cliff Railway provides a vital and non-exhausting way for locals and holiday makers alike to travel to and from the waters edge.

www.babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk

OURGLASS

The OurGlass working studio is situated within the beautiful Cockington Country Park. Open daily with no admission charge, you are welcome to watch the traditional manufacturing process.

www.ourglasscockington.com

ASHFIELD

A Blue Plaque on Barton Road, Torquay, marks the spot of Ashfield, Agatha Christie's childhood home. Ashfield was a large Victorian mansion where Agatha spent a happy childhood with her parents.

SIGHTSEEING TOURS

Explore the English Riviera on the open-top bus sightseeing tour! It's the perfect way to relax and leave the driving to the local experts while you enjoy a trip around the bay.

AGATHA CHRISTIE BUS

Join us aboard our original 1940s bus on a nostalgic trip to Greenway House and Garden, holiday home to the late Dame Agatha Christie.

TORRE ABBEY GARDENS

Home to an array of exotic and exciting plants, Torre Abbey Gardens, is situated behind the main building of the Abbey. A fabulous place to visit all year round!

www.torre-abbey.org.uk

KENTS CAVERN

A fabulous cave system in Torquay known for its archaeological and geological features. A geological Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

www.kents-cavern.co.uk

COCKINGTON COURT CRAFT CENTRE

Discover over 20 skilled and contemporary artists and craft makers in our Stable Yard and Seachange Studios. You can buy high quality crafts directly from the makers from craft shops.

www.cockingtoncourt.org

AGATHA CHRISTIE BUST

The only one on view in the world. The Bust was unveiled on 15 September 1990 by Agatha’s daughter, Mrs Rosalind Hicks, to commemorate the centenary of her mother’s birth.

WAVES LEISURE POOL

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

THE LITTLE THEATRE

A great night out with something to entertain everyone, from well-known classics, thrillers and comedies to ground-breaking works which offer challenges to audiences and performers alike.

LIVING COASTS

A coastal zoo owned by Paignton Zoo as part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, which includes Newquay Zoo. It is a registered charity, and is based around sea birds and other coastal wildlife.

www.livingcoasts.org.uk

AGATHA CHRISTIE MILE

The Agatha Christie Mile takes you to some of the places that were inspirational in her life and works, with seven unique plaques to find along way.

THE RAINBOW FUN HOUSE

The Rainbow Fun House offers 13000 sq ft of action packed adventure with Death Slides, Rainbow Slides, Helter- skelter Ball Pools, and a new Master Blaster room and so much more.

www.rainbowfunhouse.co.uk

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

A late 19th Century structure, was completed shortly before novelist Agatha Christie’s birth in 1890. The church has a marble font in which Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was baptised on 20 November 1890.

TORQUAY LAND TRAIN

A great way to get around Torquay and see all the sights! Great fun for all the family. The train runs all year round with various tickets options available.

www.torquaylandtrain.co.uk

Things to do in Paignton

OLDWAY MANSION

Oldway Mansion is a beautiful house surrounded by lovely gardens. It was built as a family home for the Singer family, well known for their sewing machines. It is now used for weddings and events.

PIRATES BAY

Experience the adventure of Pirates Bay - A landscaped 18 hole course situated on Paignton Seafront. It's great fun for all the family.

www.piratesbaygolf.co.uk

GEOPLAY PARK

A fabulous childrens play area located on the Paignton seafront with large climbing frames, scrabble nets, trampolines, zip wires and swings as well as sand and water play areas. Suitable for toddlers to teens!

GREENWAY FERRY

Greenway Ferry offers regular boat trips, ferry services and excursions from Torquay & Brixham. Popular pleasure crusies include the Seafari Cruise in search of seals and dolphins as well as many other trips.

www.greenwayferry.co.uk

PALACE THEATRE

The Palace Theatre is set in the heart of Paignton and is really has a community feel to it. The Theatre is proud to work with local community groups to establish itself as a place of entertainment and learning for all.

www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk

PAIGNTON ZOO

With more animals than anyone else in the South West you're in for a really wild time. There are also indoor play areas, the Jungle Express train and uniquely, six habitats that mimic the animals' natural environment.

www.paigntonzoo.org.uk

OCCOMBE FARM

Occombe is a working farm on the edge of Paignton, South Devon. Our local farm shop, cafe and nature trail are open to the public all year round and entry is free.

www.occombe.org.uk

Elberry Cove is a wonderfully, peaceful pebble beach surrounded by picturesque wooded hillside. The tranquil crystal clear waters are perfect for bathing. It was one of Agatha Christie’s favourite bathing spots.

PAIGNTON PIER

Voted as one of Devon's Top Attractions! The Pier which was first opended in 1879 offers many indoor and outdoor attractions for all the family as well as stunning views of Torbay.

www.paigntonpier.co.uk

BATTLEFIELD LIVE

Battlefield Live is a fast paced combat game! Move over Paintball! Battlefield Live has no bruising, no messy paint no cheating and no hidden costs. Ideal for familys, groups, parties, stag and hen party.

www.battlefieldlivetorbay.com

PAIGNTON PLEASURE CRUISES

Paignton Pleasure Cruises have been running pleasure cruises and fishing boat trips in the Torbay area for over 60 years. They offer a variety of crusies, tours and trips.

www.paigntonpleasurecruises.co.uk

APOLLO CINEMA

Apollo Cinema is located on The Esplanade, Paignton. For viewing times and ticket prices please visit their website.

www.apollocinemas.com

DARTMOUTH STEAM RAILWAY

Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company. Enjoy one of the finest heritage steam railway journeys in Europe and glorious boat trips on the River Dart.

www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk

Things to do in Brixham

THE SM

Let us take you back in time as we bring Brixham’s smuggling history to life! “An audio visual experience like no other!

www.smugglersstory.co.uk

BRIXHAM ART & CRAFT MARKET

the market is colourful and a-buzz with atmosphere showcasing some of the best art and craft in the Southwest. The market consists of about 20 harbourside stalls with something for everyone.

www.brixhammarket.co.uk

BRIXHAM FISH MARKET TOURS

Come along and watch the auctions in action, with over 40 different types of fish being landed, bought and sold in the market. A fascinating insight into this busy fish market.

GREENWAY FERRY

Greenway Ferry offers regular boat trips, ferry services and excursions from Torquay & Brixham. Popular pleasure crusies include the Seafari Cruise in search of seals and dolphins as well as many other trips.

www.greenwayferry.co.uk

BRIXHAM BREAKWATER

Brixham Breakwater stretches half a mile offshore and was built to protect the outer harbour. It makes for a lover walk with stunning views and is also great for fishing!

THE GOLDEN HIND

The Golden Hind at Brixham is a full sized replica of one of the most iconic ships from the age of exploration being a feature of this picturesque harbour since 1964.

www.goldenhind.co.uk

COLETON FISHACRE

Coleton Fishacre is a National Trust owned property set in 24-acres of beautiful gardens. Located in Kingswear the property boasts many Art Deco influences.

BERRY HEAD NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE

Berry Head National Nature Reserve guards the southern half of Torbay. Enjoy the stunning views and superb local food at our new Guardhouse Cafe, visit our brand-new Visitor Centre or one of our events.