Torquay

Torquay, Devon

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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.

History

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. 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.

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.

See The English Riviera website for more information.

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Events

2nd Aug 2019 - 4th Aug 2019

31st July 2020 - 2nd Aug 2020

Torbay Steam Fair, Churston, Near Brixham, DevonTorbay Steam FairTorbay Steam Fair is now one of the biggest events on the English Riviera events calendar and attracts visitors from far and wide. Situated just outside Brixham on the main A3022, this 3 day event is a must for all the family. Come and view the wonderful working steam engines, vintage, and classic…
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What's Nearby

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  2. Living Coasts Torquay

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  3. Aztec Spa

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  1. Paignton Sands

    Paignton Sands is the ideal holiday beach. This long stretch of red sand and shallow sea…

    2.53 miles away
  2. Goodrington Sands Paignton

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    3.27 miles away
  3. Splashdown Quaywest

    Make a big splash at the UK’s largest outdoor waterpark!

    Choose from 8 tumbling,…

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  4. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

    With over 2,500 animals across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds – you are in for a…

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  5. Labrador Bay

    Labrador Bay ViewPoint is one of the most stunning coastal locations situated about 1.5…

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  6. Berry Head Nature Reserve

    Berry Head National Nature Reserve guards the southern half of Tor Bay. One of the main…

    4.73 miles away
  7. Ness Cove Beach

    Ness Cove at Shaldon nestles in between magnificent red cliffs and is accessed via an…

    4.97 miles away
  8. Shaldon Approach Golf

    Shaldon Approach Golf is an 18-hole course with hole distances of 60 - 120 yards (7 holes…

    5.04 miles away
  9. Shaldon Beach

    A mix of shingle and sand, the beach gently shelves towards the estuary mouth with views…

    5.14 miles away
  10. Berry Pomeroy Castle

    Set in beautiful woodland, the English Heritage castle is romantic and reputedly the most…

    5.37 miles away
  11. Teignmouth River Beach

    Located on the estuary side of town, this charming beach takes you back to days gone by.…

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  12. Broadmeadow Sports Centre

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