Torquay Things to Do

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  • 1. Boat Trips

    UPDATE FEB 2016 I’M SORRY TO REPORT THAT THIS TRIP IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, BUT THE SHIP HAS GONE TO A GOOD HOME - THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL NAVY IN PORTSMOUTH. I’M KEEPING THIS REVIEW FOR THE...

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  • 2. Torre Abbey

    The Torre Abbey barn acquired a new name in 1588, when it was used to imprison the crew of the Nuestra Senora del Rosario, part of the Spanish Armada. Sir Francis Drake, who knew that the Rosario was...

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  • 3. Beaches

    I haven’t done a scientific survey but Torre Abbey Sands has to be the most popular beach in Torquay and it would be easy to see why. For starters, it’s the closest main beach for the town centre,...

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  • 4. Cockington

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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...

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  • 5. Harbours

    Although the Inner Harbour has the most to offer both visitors and locals alike, the Outer Harbour isn’t without interest either. Protected by two piers, the Outer Harbour can accommodate larger boats...

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  • 6. Babbacombe Model Village

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Babbacome model village first opened in 1963, but it is continually being updated and improved. When I was there, staff were just putting the finishing touches to a model of Paignton Zoo. The village...

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  • 7. Princess Gardens

    The ornately-sculptured fountain which acts as the centrepiece for the Victorian Princess Gardens, between the Pavilions and the Princess Theatre, was a slightly-redesigned copy of the fountain...

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  • 8. Kents Cavern

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The entrance to Kents Cavern doesn't look very promising. Well, it looks like semi-detached house with an extension. But inside the caves are genuinely very old, and of great geological and...

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  • 9. Living Coast

    4 out of 5 stars

    Living Coasts is a combination of a small zoo and aquarium, situated on a prime location overlooking Torquay harbour. According to the guidebook, the idea came from a firm of architects following an...

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  • 10. London Inn - Wetherspoons

    I suppose I really should begin this tip with an explanation and here it is. Residents of the UK will be very aware of the Wetherspoon group of pubs, and I have written many other tips in relation to...

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  • 11. Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    I love Golden Age Detective Fiction and my husband is a science-fiction fan, so when we found out that Torquay Museum not only had a permanent gallery about Agatha Christie, Torquay's most famous...

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  • 12. Babbacombe

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Babbacombe is just a couple of miles from Torquay Harbour but has a completely different feel to it, and in some ways could justify a separate entry into the VT data base. For now though I’m going to...

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  • 13. Riviera Centre

    Whilst the Torquay Town Council weren't spending money on the upkeep of the characterful and historically important Torre Abbey they did manage to find funding for this concrete monstrosity - about 15...

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  • 14. Agatha Christie 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...

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  • 15. 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...

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  • 16. Pavillion

    The wonderful Edwardian Pavilion on Torquay promenade was built in 1912 as a theatre and dancing hall, the writer Agatha Christie met her first husband here at a dance in 1913. This gorgeous...

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  • 17. D-Day Slipways - Hards

    These two innocent looking slipways in Torquay harbour have caught a lot of media attention over past few years. It was from here 1000s of British & American soldiers departed for the D Day assult...

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  • 18. Abbey Park

    If you like to be beside the sea but the idea of getting sand between your toes doesn’t appeal why not take a look at Abbey Park. Situated on the opposite side of the road to Torre Abbey Sands and...

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  • 19. War Memorial

    I have written many, many tips on Virtual Tourist about war memorials in the UK and I make no apology for doing so. I was in the forces myself and feel that htese monuments are as worthy of the...

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  • 20. Marinas

    I read comments about mooring being expensive in Torquay. It's important to keep in mind that there are two marinas in Torquay: a private one and a council run one. The visitors pontoon in the town...

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  • 21. Walking

    Torbay's "Measured Miles" initiative is joint effort by the Torbay Council and the local NHS Trust to encourage people, visitors and residents, to choose the healthy option of walking around the bay...

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  • 22. St John the Apostle Church

    St John's Church is an Anglican Parish Church and is a fine example of Victorian Church Architecture influenced by the Pre-Raphelite Movement. The church is a delightful building with many interesting...

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  • 23. Tourist Information Centre

    The main Tourist Information Centre for the whole of Torbay is situated in Vaughan Parade on Torquay’s harbourside. It stocks a large amount of literature which covers everything from what to see and...

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  • 24. Harbour Bridge

    This is a new pedestrian bridge opened in 2003, which means for the first time it is possible to walk all the way around the inner harbour. What is quite unique about this bridge is the cill just...

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  • 25. Mallock Clock Tower - Memorial

    Made of Bath stone the clock tower, known as the Mallock Memorial, was built in 1902 and is named after Richard Mallock, who represented Torquay in Parliament from 1886 to 1895 and who died in 1900....

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