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Torquay and Exeter. Place of interest?

by gsem980

Hi guys,

I will be spending a few days in Torquay next week. Can someone please let me any good sight-seeing places to go?

And I would like to spend a night in the budget hotel there. Any good recommedation?

Thanks in advance. Ciao!

Re: Torquay and Exeter. Place of interest?

by leics

Exeter is well worth visiting. It has a lovely,ancient cathedral and is a very pleasant town to wander around. Look at the VT pages, and download the 2008 Visitor Guide here:

There are lots of pretty and/or interesting places around the Torquay area Kents Cavern (might be a bit touristy these days), the classically 'English' village of Cockington (ditto), cliffside walks, the edge of Dartmoor (wild beauty, prehistory), Widecombe-on-the-Moor (The Rugglestone Inn is a good pub), Buckfast Abbey.... You will need a car to see many/most of these though.

You'll probably be better off looking at a b&b rather than for a 'budget' hote: the area is a popular holiday destination even in October. Start by looking at the official tourist info site:

which lists all accommodation and info on places to go/things to see. Also look at

Re: Torquay and Exeter. Place of interest?

by raquelitalarga

Brixham is a lovely, small fishing town. Easy to get to on the bus from Torquay, as is an afternoon in Babbacombe (lovely cliffs, beach and the picturesque Cary Arms pub).
Don't forget Dartmoor National Park (with it's wild ponies).

Re: Torquay and Exeter. Place of interest?

by AlmostSwiss

We were just there last month.
Cockington is a cute wee village, but as mentioned above, could be touristy. Although we are out of season now, so it is much quieter than normal. For another cute thatched village, Buckland-on-the-Moor is less known and has a couple of very sweet stone and thatch cottages. Otherwise, Dartmoor is really a place for those easily amused or who have time to get out and walk for some hours.

For a budget hotel I can recommend hotels in the Premier Inn chain. These are consistently clean, easy, and fill all the basic needs of a good bed to sleep in, and a pub next door.

In Torguay area, though, we actually stayed at a lovely country inn called 'Bickley Mill' that was just near Kingskerwill, in Stoneycombe. Only 10 minutes from Torquay and had great character and good food. I think we paid £70 for a double.
Map showing Stoneycombe:,+uk&ie=UTF8&ll=50.475752,-3.584976&spn=0.077018,0.153809&z=13

URL of Bickley Mill:

Would recommend maybe popping down the coast a little to have a look at Dartmouth. Quite a lot of character.

Have a great trip.

Travel Tips for Exeter

Devon churches 4

by jayhawk2000

Halfway between Seaton and Sidmouth is the scraggly village of Branscombe, a long string of houses tumbling down a deep but narrow valley.

At the top end of the village, about a mile from the pebble beach, is this church.

Red coat Tours

by angelis

These tours are free and cover different aspects of Exeter's long and varied history. You don't need to book, just pick up a leaflet from tourist info spots, pick a tour and meet your guide at the designated spots.
Tours include;
Roman Exeter,
Medieval exeter
Ancient Churches
Forgotten Exeter
Cathedral to Quay
and last about 90 minutes.
The tours are exellent and the guides highly informative.
I particularly recommend Exeter City Walls tour, which is circular and takes in the heart of the city. 70% of the city walls remain. In some parts the old Roman and Norman fortifications can be seen where they were simply repaired or built on by succeeding generations.

Exeter, United Kingdom

by leafmcgowan

"About ..."

One of Devon's historical centers, it is the ceremonial county of Devon. Residing on the River Exe (37 miles NE of Plymouth and 70 miles SW of Bristol). The name "Exeter" comes from latin 'Exeter, Isca Dumnoniorum ('Isca of the Dumnones')' that suggests Celtic origins as this important town 'oppidum' on the banks of the 'Exe' River existed before the Roman city foundations of 50 CE. Early coins found in the area show a settlement existed here trading with Mediterranean culture as early as 250 BCE. Isca is derived from the Brythonic Celtic word for "Flowing Water" which was given to the "Exe" clearly showing the modern Welsh names for Exeter (Caer-wysg) and the River Usk (Afon Wysg) contribute to the name's origins. Romans gave the name "Isca Dumnoniorum" to distinguish it from "Isca Augusta" or mdoern Caerleon. Alot of Roman remains are left in the city including the city wall and roman baths complex even though buried from the tourist's eyes. Romans left the city in early 5th c. CE and Exeter's history vanishes for about 270 years until 680 CE when a document about St. Boniface surfaces stating he was educated at the Abbey in Exeter. Saxons came to Exeter after defeating the Britons at the 'Battle of Peonnum' in Somerset at 658 CE afterwhich it is presumed the Saxons and the Britons lived together in the city under their own laws. 876 CE (Exeter was called 'Escanceaster' at this time) was attacked and taken over by the Danes. 877 CE - Alfred the Great drove the Danes out of town until they re-sieged the city in 893 CE. 928 King Athelstan ensured the Roman defense walls of the city were completely repaired and then drove out all the Britons from the city sending them beyond the River Tamar and fixing the river as the boundary of Devonshire. 1001 the Danes were pushed out again, but plundered Exeter in 1003 CE as they were mistakenly allowed into the city by the French reeve of Emma of Normandy who had been granted the city as part of her marriage dowry to Aethelred the Unready. 1067 AD - saw a rebellion against William the Conqueror who laid siege and after 18 days accepted the city's surrender including an oath from him not to harm the city or increase its ancient tribute. William set out to construct the Rougemont Castle to ensure the city's compliance in the future. Saxon properties were then transferred to Norman hands, and after the 1072 CE Bishop Leofric death - Norman Osbern FitzOsbern became successor of the city. 1136 saw more siege. 1213 the Weekly Medieval markets came to be hosting up to three markets per week, seven annual fairs, all of which continue to this day. Business declined during the Industrial Revolution when steam power replaaced water in the 19th century and Exeter was too far from coal/iron to develop any further. Extensive canal redevelopments took place to expand Exeter's economy. The first rail to arrive was the Bristol and Exeter Railway opened up at St. Davids on the western edge in 1844. South Devon Railway extended service to Plymouth, as well as the London and Southwestern railway coming in 1860 to create alternate routes to London. 1832 the area was struck with an epidemic of 'pestilence cholera'. Exeter became rampaged by the German Luftwaffe in WWII with a total of 18 raids from 1940-1942 flattening most of the city center and a good portion of its historic structures. The 1950's saw a massive rebuilding but very little attempt to preserve its ancient heritage. By the late 1900's and early 2000's - Exeter became a significant tourist trade city in England but is not dominated by tourism. Population in 2001 was estimated at 111,076. In May 2008 there was an attempted terrorist attack on the Giraffe cafe in Princesshay. Exeter is one of the top ten places for a successful and profitable business to be based. With good transportation links, merging St. David's railway, Exeter Centeral railway station, M5 motorway, and Exeter International Airport - connectivity to the world is done here. The town is also notorious for backpackers.


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