Torquay has a sophisticated charm which stems from its origins as a fashionable haven for visitors in the last century. For more then one hundred years Torquay has attracted the rich and famous.
Torquay has been a popular holiday destination for the British public since Victorian times. The famous seven hills which surround the town create a stunningly backdrop for the vibrant waterfront and bustling town. The palm tree lined seafront, Italian style white villas set high on the surrounding hillsides and fabulous yachts moored in the modern marina help to create a truly relaxing, continental and stylish atmosphere easily comparable with anything you'll find on the French Riviera.
Torquay's waterfront is the centre of life in this lively town where you will find the palm tree lined promenade, seafront gardens, a busy harbour and an international marina. There is also an abundance of pavement cafes, restaurants, bars and nightlife, good quality shops and a host of family attractions to suit every interest. Just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of this popular town centre you will find superb sandy beaches and spectacular views from cliff top coastal paths.
Torquay is one of the most stylish resorts in Britain and every year thousands of visitors still enjoy this truly first class location with its sophisticated charm, modern attractions and plentiful amenities.
The town also has a number of interesting
heritage sites including Torre Abbey, and Kents Cavern.
Torquay is also the birth place of the world's greatest mystery writer,
Dame Agatha Christie.
Follow the Agatha Christie Mile which takes in 10 local landmarks
associated with the famous author.
One of the areas most popular family attrations is Living Coasts. Set up by Paignton Zoo this fabulous coastal zoo is home to an array of marine life including seals, puffins and penguins. Living Coast offers a wonderfully entertaining and education day out for all the family.
Visit our Attractions page for details of other fantastic family attractions in the Torquay area.
Situated in the north east corner of Torbay, Torquay Marina gives access some of the UK's best sailing waters. Torquay Marina is one of the finest on the south coast, with its modern facilities and first class service you are always guaranteed a friendly and professional welcome. Its east facing location east facing and sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds.
Torquay Marina is a haven for yachtsmen from all over the world, with its safe access in all weather conditions and at all states of the tide. The marina is east facing and therefore sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds. Ideally located for all of Torquay's amenities and also conveniently situated for exploring the beautiful South Devon countryside.
Babbacombe Model Village
Set high on the cliffs, Babbacombe and St Marychurch offer their own unique attraction. The focus of life in St Marychurch revolves around Fore Street with its charming array of select shops. In Babbacombe, the views from the Downs are stunning and the gardens are perfect for a morning or evening stroll.
At Babbacombe, as well as the model village, you will find superb fish & chip shops and the famous Babbacombe Theatre which runs a fabulous summer show each year.
Babbacombe Model Village is one of Devon's premier attractions. This fabulous miniture village and railway is set 4 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens. With hundreds of varieties of plants the gardens will impress even the most enthusiastic of gardeners.
You will find thousands miniature buildings, people and vehicles. But best off all from Easter to September at dusk you can experience the "minilluminations", when the model city is illuminated by thousands of tiny lights, which create a breath-taking atmosphere.
Maidencombe is a unspoilt picturesque 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.