Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6XA

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Cockington Village

Cockington Village, nestled in the heart of Devon, is a picturesque and historic hamlet that exudes quintessential English charm. It's a quaint village with thatched houses and a historic manor house close to Torquay in the English Riviera. Cockington stands as a timeless treasure steeped in history, offering visitors a glimpse into England's rich cultural heritage. With its enchanting architecture, scenic landscapes, and vibrant community spirit, it continues to captivate the hearts of travellers from around the world, inviting them to discover the beauty and charm of rural England.


It's thought that the village was founded around 2,500 years ago during the Iron Age with evidence of two hill forts on either side of Cockington valley. One fascinating aspect of Cockington Village's history is its association with the Cary family, who played a significant role in shaping the area's landscape and character. The Cary family, prominent landowners in Devon, acquired Cockington Manor in the late 14th century and held it for several centuries. During the Elizabethan era, the Carys transformed Cockington Manor into an impressive Elizabethan mansion, reflecting their wealth and status. The manor became a center of local power and influence, with the Carys overseeing the management of the estate and the surrounding lands.Throughout the centuries, Cockington has evolved from a small agricultural community to a beloved tourist destination renowned for its preservation of traditional English architecture and culture.

Things to Do

Visitors to Cockington Village are treated to a myriad of attractions and activities that showcase its rich heritage and natural beauty. Stroll along the cobbled streets lined with thatched-roof cottages, explore the lush countryside trails, or take a leisurely amble through the sprawling Cockington Country Park. Art enthusiasts will delight in the village's thriving artisan community, with galleries and craft studios showcasing the talents of local painters, potters, and sculptors. Families can enjoy traditional games in the gardens or participate in workshops to learn age-old crafts such as pottery and glassblowing.

Food and Drink

Cockington Village boasts a selection of charming tearooms, cafes, and pubs where visitors can indulge in delicious homemade treats and locally sourced fare. Savour traditional Devonshire cream teas complete with freshly baked scones, clotted cream, and strawberry jam, or sample hearty pub classics like fish and chips or pie. Many establishments offer outdoor seating with idyllic views of the surrounding countryside, providing the perfect setting for a leisurely meal or afternoon tea.

Something a Little Different

For those seeking a unique and immersive experience, Cockington Court offers a variety of special cultural events throughout the year. From workshops to music concerts, there's always something happening in this vibrant community. Visitors can also participate in hands-on workshops and demonstrations led by local artisans at Cockington Country Park, learning traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, woodcarving, and textile weaving. 



Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Torrquay, head along the seafront from the town to Livermead Hotel and turn right at Cockington Lane. Follow the road all the way to Cockington Village. You can also take the journey on foot, taking just 20 mins from the town centre. 



Public Transport Directions

Train: The closest train station is Torquay. From here it's a 20-minute walk to Cockington Village. 

Bus: Take the number 62 bus from Torquay. 




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