Torquay
Torquay
Tor Bay
Devon TQ1 TQ2
 
 
The south-west coast of England between Torquay, Paignton and Brixham is known as the English Riviera due to its mild climate and plentiful beaches.
 
The Victorian seaside town of Torquay at one end of Tor Bay is considered the capital of the English Riviera and is a popular destination during the summer.  At this time Torquay receives over 200,000 visitors.
 
Elegant Victorian hotels and guest houses cover the hills overlooking the sea and boats line the harbour.  Cabbage trees known locally as ‘Torbay Palms’ (introduced from New Zealand in 1820) flourish in the mild Devonshire climate giving the resort a real Mediterranean feel.
 
Beaches, Harbour and quaint Beach Huts
Torquay has nine main beaches and a large, busy harbour. Bordering some of the beaches are brightly coloured beach huts, available for hire from the local authority.  Each hut comes complete with 2 deckchairs.  To find out more about these quaint structures including hire, go to  Web:   Torbay Beach Huts   External Link
 
Cliff Railway
A delightful cliff top garden walk leads to Babbacombe Down and the two beaches of Oddicombe and Babbacombe. Babbacombe Cliff Railway provides easy access to Oddicombe Beach.
 
Meadfoot Beach
Meadfoot Beach is a mixture of rock, stone and sand.  The western end has a sandy beach, café and beach huts.  The eastern end is rocky and a great place to explore rock pools.  There are plenty of parking spots set into the coastal road.  This beach is a bit of a hidden gem, popular with locals.
 
Visitors will find plenty of places to stay all along the edge of Tor Bay.  To the west of Torquay is the adjoining town of Paignton and at the far end of the bay, BrixhamPaignton is the start of the scenic Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, a very popular attraction.  Torquay is only 16 miles (26 km) south of Exeter and 38 miles (61 km) north-east of Plymouth.
 
Agatha Christie
Torquay’s most famous resident was the crime author Dame Agatha Christie and there are many reminders of her.  The Torquay Museum has a gallery devoted to her life and work, and visitors can walk the Agatha Christie Mile where each location associated with Agatha Christie is marked with a unique plaque.
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Hotels.com here:    External Link
 
Fawlty Towers & the Monty Python Flying Circus Team
The town is also famous as the location of the fictional ‘Fawlty Towers’.  This world-famous comedy series was based on the real-life eccentric proprietor of the Glenagles Hotel.  In 1971 John Cleese and the Monty Python Flying Circus team stayed at the hotel while filming around Torbay.
 
Although most of the team moved to another hotel, John Cleese stayed on observing the owner’s bizarre behaviour and taking notes.  He even got his wife Connie Booth to come and stay and together they wrote the Fawlty Towers series.
 
The opening shots of the series were actually filmed at Grange Country Club at Bourne End, Buckinghamshire which was unfortunately destroyed by fire. The original Gleneagles Hotel in Torquqay has also disappeared and been replaced with residential apartments.
 
If visitors want to see the original site of the Gleneagles Hotel, it can be found off Babbacombe Road, near Kents Cavern, on Asheldon Road (Torquay TQ1 2QS).
 
Prehistoric Caverns, Medieval Abbey, Model Villages and Edwardian Pavillions
Torquay caters to all age groups and there is plenty to see and do.  Some places to visit include the prehistoric Kents Cavern, Torre Abbey Historic House & Gallery, Babbacombe Model Village, picturesque Cockington Village and the Living Coasts Marine Zoo.  The lovely Edwardian Torquay Pavilion is full of interesting specialist shops and around the harbour there are numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
 
Torquay Harbour is sheltered by two Piers. The old Princess Pier to the west a popular promenade complete with seating, and Haldon Pier to the south is more of a working wharf and home to the Living Coasts attraction.
 
Torquay Tourist Information Centre
Torquay is easily accessible from London by rail, coach and car.  The Torquay TIC near the harbour, is an excellent source of information and will arrange local accommodation for visitors.
 
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Expedia here:    External Link
 
Getting There  
- By Local Transport
For information on local bus services visit Web: Torbay Public Transport     External Link
Stagecoach Dayrider bus tickets bought from the bus driver provide significant savings.
 
Two bus routes operated by Stagecoach Devon pass through Torquay -  service between Newton Abbot and Brixham, and the service between Exeter and Paignton - while other routes operate within the town. For route Information and timetables, go to Web:   English Riviera website    External Link
 
- By Rail 
Torquay has two railway stations. Torquay station is situated near the sea, close to Torre Abbey Sands. Torre railway station is situated a little inland adjacent to the road leading to Newton Abbot. Not all trains stop at Torre.
 
From London to Torquay – From London Paddington station take the First Great Western train to Paignton. Journey time is approximately 3 hours.
For timetable, fares and bookings go to  Web:   National Rail Enquiries website    External Link      
 
- By Car
Torquay is connected to the UK motorway network by the A380, which traces the outskirts of the town as Hellevoetsluis Way and Hamelin Way, leading to the A38 and then on to the M5 at Exeter.
 
The A3022 branches from the A380, leading into Torquay as Riviera Way, to the seafront as Newton Road and then Avenue Road, and then on to Paignton as Torbay Road.
 
The A379 runs past the harbour to the Babbacombe and St Marychurch areas of Torquay, and then north along the coast to Teignmouth.
 
Google Maps - Torquay