The English Riviera
Nestled at the north end of Torbay on the beautiful coast of South Devon, Torquay is at the heart of the English Riviera. Exquisite beaches, family fun, historic attractions and the rugged grandeur of Dartmoor — you can enjoy them all from your Torquay Hotel.
Maybe you’re drawn to the English Riviera for its stunning beaches and the closest Britain comes to a Mediterranean climate. If so, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The coast of Torbay offers no less than 19 beaches of whatever type you’re looking for, whether that’s wide, sandy beaches to share with other holidaymakers or secluded coves where you can be more private.
Plenty to Do on the English Riviera
Besides the many Torquay Events you can enjoy through the year, such as the Torquay Royal Regatta, there are many permanent attractions throughout the Torbay area, and you can book your trips on this website.
The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
Offers a picturesque, exciting trip for adults and children alike, giving you a glimpse of the age of steam as you ride across viaducts and through wooded valleys. Your journey ends in the historic port of Dartmouth, with its celebrated castle and lots of quaint art galleries to browse.
The children will love a visit to Paignton Zoo, as featured on TV, which is home to nearly 300 species of animals, as well as impressive botanic gardens.
You can visit Kent’s Cavern, home to prehistoric man and recognised as the oldest human habitation in Britain.
Splashdown at Quaywest
Located in nearby Paignton, is a waterpark offering fun for all ages — is you’re daring enough, you can try the famous, near-vertical “devil’s drop” waterslide.
Torquay’s Living Coast gives you the chance to watch penguins at play, both above and below the water.
Babbacombe Model Village
Is an extraordinary structure that allows you to experience the whole of Torbay in miniature.
The oldest building in Torquay, was founded 800 years ago, and was England’s most important home to the brothers known as the White Canons. Having completed a massive three-year restoration project, during which some stunning finds were made, the Abbey is now open for visitors to explore the most ancient and hallowed parts of the building. Torre Abbey also features gardens, a museum and an art gallery.