Torquay Travel Guide

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Torquay Things to Do

  • The £1 ferry to Brixham

    Of all the boat trips leaving the busy harbour area of Torquay , this has to be the best value. We jumped aboard the ferry for the 30 minute ride to the beautiful fishing village of Brixham for the small fee of £1 ..yes ONE POUND!! The boat drops you right into the heart of the action , lovely narrow cobbled streets , stalls and cafes serving...

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  • Babbacombe Cliff Railway

    Built in 1926, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has shuttled hundreds of thousands of holiday makers to and from Oddicombe Beach in over 84 years of service.We parked in the car park for the model village as its only a 5 minute walk from here to the entrance to the Cliff Railway. For a little over £5 for a family return ticket you can climb aboard and...

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  • Wildlife Sightseeing Cruise

    This short boat trip is advertised as a Wildlife Sightseeing Cruise but don’t expect to see too much wildlife. Ok you may see a few seabirds on Thatcher Rock, but I think you have to regard this trip as a cruise along Torquay’s coastline rather than a serious wildlife spotting trip.The small boat hugs the coastline for half an hour as far as...

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  • Princess Gardens and Pier

    I’m not sure if including the Princess Gardens and Pier as a ‘What to do’ tip is that relevant really because you’ll end up here anyway. Nevertheless I should include it because it’s central to what Torquay is all about.If you start out from Torquay Harbour the first thing that you’ll notice is the Big Wheel, or the Riviera Wheel as it’s known....

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  • Agatha Christie Literary Trail

    Without doubt the most famous person associated with Torquay is Agatha Christie.Born in Torquay in September 1890, the famous crime writer has sold around 4 billion books making her the best selling novelist of all time. Her books have been translated into over a hundred different languages and are the most widely published after The Bible and...

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  • Cockington

    Cockington has a separate VT page which I intend adding to regularly, but it’s worth including here as it’s only about a mile from Torquay seafront.It might only be a mile from the hustle and bustle of a major seaside town but it’s light years away from the bars and nightclubs of Torquay.Its history goes back a thousand years and it’s as near as...

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Torquay Restaurants

  • A Safe Bet

    The Harvester chain of restaurants is a well known brand in the UK and offers a family friendly environment.Main courses are predominantly grills with an unlimited salad bar to accompany your meal and the whole concept seems to be extremely popular.I’ve eaten in here a few times and haven’t been disappointed. They must be doing something right...

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  • Italian Food

    The food was ok. Gary and the boys enjoyed it, but I wasn't too impressed. It was a bank holiday and all the restaurants were overflowing. Al Porto wasn't too busy which might have been a sign. The service was also a bit slack.

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  • Very fine pub food

    I have mentioned many times on Virtual Tourist about the great value of local knowledge when choosing a place to eat and this applies whether I am in Durham or Dumaguete, Bangkok or Bangor. It was therefore with high expectations that I went to the Hole in the Wall in Torquay during a recent VT meet brilliantly organised by Malcolm aka EASYMALC as...

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Torquay Nightlife

  • Not Just a Nightspot

    There are plenty of bars around Torquay Harbour but The Offshore is one of my favourites.It’s primarily a place to sit outside and watch the world go by with a drink or three. It’s one of those places that is great for people watching.The food’s pretty decent with breakfast starting at 09.00 and continuing throughout the day and evening. There’s...

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  • A Theatre to suit all tastes

    There are a few other theatres around the bay but the Princess is by far the biggest. Consequently it hosts most of the major acts that come here with a wide variety of entertainment to suit all tastes. This ranges from popular music, comedians, ballet, musicals and everything in between.It may be the largest in Torbay but it only seats 1,500 which...

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  • Oldest Pub in Torquay

    Torquay is not short of pubs, especially around the harbourside, but my longstanding favourite has to be The Hole in the Wall.Pubs may come and go but Torquay’s oldest pub has been here since around 1540 and not in danger of closing down anytime soon.This is still a traditional pub with low beams, cobblestone floors and an array of hand pumps...

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Torquay Transportation

  • Arriving in Torquay by Train

    If you’re arriving at Torquay by train it’s worth mentioning that the town has two railway stations - Torre and Torquay - and where to get off will depend on where you’re staying.Most probably Torquay station will be your best choice, particularly if you’re staying near the Sea Front or Harbour, but there are a fair number of smaller Hotels and...

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  • Catch the Riviera Express!

    Whilst it is obscenely expensive and notoriously lacking in punctuality (every single franchise faile to meet punctuality targets last year) there is no doubt that train travel in the UK is getting considerably more comfortable. This proved to be the case when I recently travelled from London to Torquay. Generally, a change at Exeter St. Davids is...

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  • Torquay Land Train

    Although Torquay is easily walkable, everything being pretty much on the level, a fun alternative is this little land train. This runs year round following a route between the Derwent Hotel on Belgrave Road through the town centre down to Living Coasts at the harbour, then along the seafront to the Grand Hotel, up to the historic Torre Abbey and...

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Torquay Shopping

  • Shopping In Torquay

    Another example of Torquay’s capriciousness is the range of shops here. There are some very upmarket stores such as Hoopers, overlooking the harbour, which offers serious designer goods at appropriately serious prices whilst just round the corner the budget chains such as Primark and T-Max do things for a tenth of the price (or less).Most of the...

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  • PAVILION SHOPPING CENTER.

    The Pavilion shopping center used to be a theatre in Edwardian times,now it has a beautiful range of specialist shops and a restaurant above overlooking the Harbour.

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  • FLEETWALK

    Fleetwalk in the main town center is great for all your shopping needs,its great in bad weather as well as its all under one roof,lots of different shops selling unusual things and the normal clothes shops as well.

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Torquay Local Customs

  • Torbay Palm Tree

    Cordyline AustralisThe Torbay Palm Tree or Cabbage Tree is not actually a palm, but is in fact a lily, originating from New Zealand. It is one of the easiest exotic plants to grow, is very tolerant of wind and coastal exposure and can reach heights of up to 5 metres in the right spot. When mature these plants produce large panicles of fragrant...

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  • HMS Torquay

    (F 43) - Whitby-class Frigate HMS Torquay was in July 1954, and participated in the Suez operation in 1956, whilst in 1958 she was diverted to Tobruk following the assassination of the Iraqi Royal Family. In various dates between 1967 and 1985 the ship served as a navigation training ship based in Portsmouth. In 1977 the Torquay attended the 1977...

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  • The Pier That's Just There.

    Whilst other resorts have their "Pleasure Piers" here in Torquay the Princess Pier was designed as a purely functional groyne as part of the harbour defences when it was erected in 1890. In 1894 a wooden deck was added along with a few benches and at some later date a sort of pierhead consisting of kiss-me-quick type stuff was built which became...

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Torquay Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't get cut off by the Tide

    On the whole the beaches of Torbay are very safe but it always pays to know the state of the tide, particularly if you intend walking around and below headlands.Visitors, particularly youngsters, frequently get cut off by an incoming tide and need to be rescued.There are signs, such as this one at Livermead Head, that warn of the dangers, but...

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  • 20p FOR A WEE!!!

    The toilets at cockington are situated in the main car park but make sure you have a spare 20 pence piece on you as you have to pay for a wee.Mind you i'd pay anything if i was bursting.Also car parking costs ?2.oo for up to four hours and ?4.oo for over four hours.

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  • A Certain Element.............

    Over the past decade a certain "element" has been attracted to and moved in to the town, and drugs are very easy to get hold of & theft has very much risen.Enjoy your time here, the typical holiday maker would probably not be aware of the growing problem. Just use your common sense do not leave anything visable in your car etc.

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Torquay Tourist Traps

  • Las Vegas It Ain't!!

    I suppose the "Amusement Arcade" became a feature of English seaside resorts simply because the summer weather can often be so miserable and crafty entrepenurial types realised that if you provide a big space with a roof then people will gravitate towards it. Then if you put in a few slot machines and other amusements which seem to be cheap but...

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  • Torquay Museum

    Take a journey into the town's interesting past - find out more about local wildlife, famous people and Torquay through the ages. Don't miss the Agatha Christie Exhibition, including photographic material; look at life in the area during Christie's childhood; displays featuring films based on Christie novels; TV series Poirot and Miss Marple.In the...

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  • Bygones @ St Marychurch, Torquay

    Shopping as our grandparents used to shop. Recollections of journeys on the romantic steam trains our parents knew. Escape into the magic lands of fantasy where every generation loves to go. Stroll back in time & revive the nostalgia of over 20 life-size Victorian shops & shop windows filled with thousands of original items form candles to...

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Torquay Off The Beaten Path

  • Compton Castle

    Situated in the village of Compton about 5 miles from the centre of Torquay, Compton isn’t hard to find but it does involve driving through narrow lanes.Of the three main National Trust (NT) properties in the area (the other two being Greenway and Coleton Fishacre), it has to be said that Compton Castle is the least exciting to visit.Having said...

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  • Hope's Nose

    The crescent-shaped Tor Bay stretches from Berry Head at Brixham around to Hope’s Nose at Torquay.Berry Head and Hope’s Nose are both limestone headlands and both Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).In both cases the limestone flora is enough to make them ‘special’ but at Hope’s Nose there’s another reason - the make-up of the limestone...

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  • Meadfoot

    About a mile from Torquay harbour is Meadfoot Beach.This shingle beach was formed from Devonian slates and shales and runs from the foot of Daddyhole Plain at Triangle Point towards Ilsham Valley.If you can manage to ignore the luxury, but incongruous Kilmorie apartment block (I can only guess at how planning permission was granted for that), this...

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Torquay Sports & Outdoors

  • Torquay United Football Club

    Torquay United are one of the 92 professional football clubs from England and Wales that make up the Premier League and the Football League, and currently play in League Two, which is the fourth tier. Torquay United was originally formed in 1899, although their breakthrough came after the merging of Ellacombe, Babbacombe and Torquay Town.Torquay...

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  • Ten Pin Bowling

    The Ten Pin Bowling alley in Torquay is quite big and also has a large bar, pool tables and fruit machines, downstairs there is also a lazer quest centre.Prices Time of Visit Adults Juniors(under 16) price per game Monday - Friday £2.65 £2.20 10.00am - 6.00pm All Other £3.50 £2.75 Times Shoe Hire £1.00 Family Rate 2 adults and 2 children,2...

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  • CRICKET.

    Another great thing to see in the warmer months is cricket on the lawn in front of Cockington Court,you can even take a picnic.

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Torquay Favorites

  • History of Torquay

    At Torquay’s “Kents Caves” were found the first modern human remains although there is little evidence of any permanent occupation until the eleventh century records in the Domesday Book, but it is known that visits were made by Roman soldiers and there was a small Saxon settlement here called 'Torre'. In 1196 Torre Abbey was founded here and by...

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  • The Torquay "Hard"

    During World War II, as part of the Operation Overlord plan to retake Europe from Nazi Germany, a total of 68 sets of concrete slipways were built at various English south coast towns between Falmouth and Felixstowe. These were known as "Hards" and were built to facilitate the loading of landing craft by troops and tanks for the initial amphibious...

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  • The Rocks

    Between Torre Abbey Sands and Corbyn's Head Beach there lies a group of rocks and rock pools.It's good fun to go walking, jumping or hopping around the rocks and looking for crabs or other sea life in the rock pools.Be careful not be cut off by the tide!

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