You can’t get much more of a ‘traditional British seaside’ resort than the vibrant and cheerful town of Torquay. Set at the very heart of the English Riviera on the South Devon Coast, Torquay is famous for its sandy beaches, family attractions and genteel Victorian appearance. Made famous by the legendary comedy series Fawlty Towers, Torbay is distinctly Mediterranean and is a family favourite with plenty of attractions and things to do.
Torquay was a relatively minor settlement until the mid 19th Century when the railway linked it to the rest of the UK. The improved transport connections saw Torquay expand rapidly to cater for the area’s popularity with the Victorian’s desire to explore everything and everywhere, including the furthest flung corners of Britain. After the First World War the Great Western Railway Company extensively promoted Torquay, helping the town to become a major UK holiday resort.
Things to do
From air displays to cultural events, Torquay is a seaside resort that knows how to cater for everyone’s tastes, and it certainly knows how to party, too. If you fancy a break from the relentless nightlife and days on the beach, try a trip into the geological history of the South Devon coast and explore the Kent Caverns – a spectacular natural cave featuring a wealth of geological and archaeological artefacts. For water sports, fishing and sailing Torquay has a fabulous choice of beaches, while the evenings provide fine dining, theatre, cinema and star studded shows for all the family. Make sure you also check out the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company, who offer boat trips from the town.
Food and drink
You’ll find Torquay is a stylish resort with a real continental atmosphere. Torquay restaurants bring out the West Country flavour in a diverse range of cuisine from award winning fish and chips to internationally inspired gastronomy. The Gainsborough Restaurant harks back to the elegant English style of fine dining, or you can try the Elephant Restaurant and Bar for innovative fusion dishes that blend flavours from around the world.
Something a little different
If you’ve got a head for heights, the Hi Flyer balloon is an unforgettable experience for an exhilarating flight and spectacular views over Torbay. But don’t worry about drifting out to sea; the balloon is tethered to the ground and you’ll rise 400 feet straight up into the magical silence of the skies.
See The English Riviera website for more information.