Torquay Attractions - South Devon Tourism -  English Riviera -
Torquay Attractions - South Devon Tourism -  English Riviera -

The Palace Hotel – Torquay’s Luxury Leisure and Conference Hotel

Here in Torbay, you’ll find that families, couples and children of all ages will love the area and find plenty to see and do. Below are but a few local attractions guaranteed to entertain. Further details may be obtained from Torquay’s Tourist Information Centre or from a member of staff when staying at The Palace Hotel. With so much to choose from amongst South Devon tourism attractions, the English Riviera really can cater for all of your Torquay leisure needs.


Bygones Victorian Museum allows you to step back in time and experience life as it was in another era. It is very much a hands-on experience; an authentic replica of a Victorian street, complete with period shops and models, is just one of the historic scenes. The time warp continues with a replicated First World War trench, which captures the sights, sounds and smells of battle; while the Anderson shelter lets visitors experience the terror of an air raid. There is also an absorbing model railway, and the Fantasyland of Myths and Giants is a firm favourite with children of all ages.


Babbacombe Model Village is one of the South West’s most popular visitor attractions. Experience the delights of the English countryside in miniature, with a superb collection of painstakingly crafted dioramas and models. There are beautiful thatched cottages and Tudor buildings; a replica Stonehenge; miniature railways and quintessential English villages have been recreated in minute detail – and with some humour. A location that offers fun for the whole family.


Cockington Country Park is an attractive and peaceful oasis in the heart of Torquay. Accessible from the seafront and from Scadson Woods, it is criss-crossed with a 6-mile long network of footpaths and bridle paths, and commands superb views of Torbay.


Kents Cavern is one of Europe’s most important examples of Palaeolithic caves, and contains one of Britain’s earliest recorded dwellings. The Cavern has been attracting visitors for decardes and is full of intriguing geological features. With guided tours and special events, including ghost tours, Kents Cavern offers a great day out for the family at any time of year.


Living Coasts, Torquay's Coastal Zoo, is a unique, world class aquatic visitor attraction, focusing on the conservation of coastal and marine life around the globe.


Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a well-established zoo, and is regarded as one of the finest in the UK. It offers a great family day out, with a host of fascinating creatures living in faithfully replicated environments, as well as informative and enlightening talks given by the keepers on how the zoo cares for these magnificent, and endangered, animals.


Splashdown Quaywest Waterpark is a wet and wild fun day out for the whole family. Since it opened in 1988, on the beach at Goodrington Sands in Torbay, it has evolved into a firm family favourite, with a host of outdoor activities from the exciting to the sedate. There are 8 water slides and flumes, a swimming pool and toddlers play area – something to suit all ages.


The Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company offers steam train journeys on a superbly preserved stretch of line, running from the Torbay town of Paignton, along the spectacular coast, through Churston and the delightful South Devon countryside, and terminating in the pretty town of Kingswear some 7 miles away. It is a great way of experiencing the joys of vintage steam transport, while taking in the beautiful scenery.


Princess Theatre
Torbay Road
Esplanade Road
08712 240 240
Babbacombe Downs
Central Cinema
Abbey Road
01803 380001