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Torquay, part of the beautiful English Riviera, is a vibrant hub of activity throughout the year but particularly in the summer months. Its buzzing sea-front, award winning beaches, popular attractions and coastal walks attract visitors from far and wide and make it the perfect holiday destination. Popular because of its mild climate and outstanding beauty, it is full of surprises, from its Mediterranean palm trees to its connections with renowned and historical names. You will not run out of things to discover during your stay in South Devon.
We have some fantastic cottages in the Torquay area, perfect for exploring the exhilarating town. Some of our properties even boast fantastic sea views across the bay whilst others you will find nestled into the nearby hills surrounded by lush green fields and idyllic rivers. If you have little ones in tow then look out for our cottages that provide outdoor play facilities which will keep them occupied for hours. Likewise, many of our properties are dog friendly so your four-legged friend can enjoy a holiday as well.
Our properties also vary in size so you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to accommodate a big group. It’s the perfect opportunity to get the family together or to spend some quality time with your partner. Cosy up in front of the log burner or relax in the hot tub with a glass of wine for the perfect trip.
Torquay encompasses part of the stunning 22 mile English Riviera Coast and has many iconic points along the coastline that stand out. In some cases these points of interest come down to one of the most famous former residents, Agatha Christie, who, in her 85 years of life, wrote over 80,000 books. Born in Torquay, many of her years were spent writing from the sea-side town and using much of the area as both inspiration and settings for her famous murder-mystery tales. Today her family holiday home, Greenway, now under the care of the National Trust, is open for fans of her work to visit. Step back to the 1950’s when the Christie family would spend holidays nestled in the hills of the River Dart just a short distance from the seaside. There are numerous ways to travel to the property including by ferry, which is a magical way to first set eyes on the stunning property. A just as enchanting alternative is to travel from Paignton or Kingswear by steam train.
A fantastic way to explore the surrounding coastline of Torquay is to take to the South West Coast Path, offering walks suitable for all abilities. A popular route travels from Torquay Harbour to Daddyhole Plain, a 2.5 mile stretch passing several important landmarks. Take a breather at Beacon Cove where Agatha Christie would go swimming as a girl and you’ll also come across ‘London Bridge’ a cliff arch which over the years has been naturally-sculptured to earn this name. When you reach your destination at Daddyhole plain you will be 200ft above sea level and your efforts will be rewarded by breathtaking views across Torquay and far out into the mysterious sea.
The rocky headland of Hope’s Nose is one of the most famous fishing spots in Devon. A former limestone quarry, the area is now a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the forms of interesting plantation and wildlife. Ponies and sheep have been used to graze the site which leads to the very point of Hope’s Nose to maintain the plant species. Hope’s Nose along withBrixham’s Berry Head helps to define the shape of the bay
No trip to the coast is complete without a day on the beach and the area is home to 9 of the 15 stunning beaches in the English Riviera. Grab your buckets and spades and head to Torre Abbey sands, recognised by scientists as the best British beach for sand castle building, so that’ll be a great choice for the kids. The Blue Flag beach of Meadfoot is a lovely option for a slightly-quieter day to yourself. Escape the bustle of the town, just a mile from Torquay harbour and what’s great is it is a dog-friendly beach so your four-legged friend can join in the fun. Other doggy beaches include Babbacombe beach and Anstey’s cove.
Family days out
As well as so many natural gems to be discovered, there are attractions suitable for whole family days out. Experience the local heritage and history at Torquay museum and discover the medieval Torre Abbey with lots of hands-on learning opportunities and for adults and children. You can step back to Victorian times at Bygones with a realistic portrayal of the reign of Queen Victoria. The attraction is packed with 1900’s memorabilia, exhibitions of real life streets, a model railway and World War 1 trenches. When you have finished watching how previous generations lived, you can stop for a bite to eat in the Station Café.
Travel even further back in time with Kents Cavern and discover the prehistoric labyrinth of caves beneath the town. Once home to ancient humans, the caves are one of the most important Stone Age Cave sites in Europe. The intriguing guided tours will give you an insight into life during the Ice Age and how the caves have been crafted and used. Above ground you will also find a woodland trail, hands-on art and archaeological dig areas, a restaurant and gift shop. As one of the most prominent attractions in the town the caves are a major visitor centre for the UNESCO endorsed English Riviera Global Geopark.
Positioned on the Cliffside with panoramic views across the bay, Living Coast’s is a fantastic family day out. Get up close with African penguins at Penguin Beach, enjoy educational talks about many of the species during feeding time and learn about the different species you will find at the aquarium and zoo. Joint tickets are also available to allow you a visit to its sister attraction Paignton Zoo which is home to almost 2000 species from all over the world.
Just a mile from Torquay Sea Front you will find the quintessential village of Cockington, dominated by the stunning Cockington Court, providing a fairy-tale day out. The Grade 2 listed Manor House dates back to Domesday times with one of many links to Agatha Christie in the area. The beautiful building overlooks sweeping lawns, pretty rose gardens, idyllic ponds and an ancient arboretum; you could spend hours wandering the gardens and taking in the beautiful surroundings. Parts of the manor house are free to explore and you will also find a café serving local produce where you can relax with a cuppa. If you don’t fancy the stroll back to the car park in the village, from Easter to October a horse and carriage service runs through the park and village, giving a unique addition to your day out.
The simple things
Even if you don’t stray from the seafront the town is bursting with things for you to do, an early evening stroll along the 1890’s Princess Pier is a lovely idea for a romantic evening with your partner. It is also another connection to Agatha Christie as somewhere that she spent much of her youth, roller-skating with friends. If you’re a keen angler then the pier is a great place to set up during the evening sun. Torquay’s observation wheel is also a prominent feature in the shoreline, providing spectacular views from the harbour out across the sea and around the bay.
If that isn’t enough to keep you busy spend some time doing a spot of shopping in both your usual high-street stores as well as a number of independent boutiques. You will also find numerous pavement front cafes and restaurants and you can sample the local catch in one of the many fish and chips shops.