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10 Things You Can Do In Torquay

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Get ready to explore the beauty of Torquay

From the pristine beaches to the magnificent seafront, the enchanting South Devon lifestyle and the beautiful marina, there are a number of things to do in Torquay. Although for first time travellers, there are a few things to be taken into consideration, the activities however, will never let you feel bored. Learn about the first time travelling guide.

  1. Visit Torre Abbey Sands to enjoy watching the yachts on the Torquay marina and engage into Watersports like surfing, speedboat rides, waterskiing, ringo rides, wakeboarding and more.
  2. Visit the Kents Cavern to learn about cave inhabitants and cave formations from the Ice Age
  3. Book a passenger ferry to Brixham, Dartmouth and Paignton for fishing and wildlife watching
  4. Enjoy theatre shows, musicals, open-air comedies etc. at the Princess Theatre, Babbacombe Theatre, Little Theatre or at the open-air Cockington Country Park
  5. Have a leisurely stroll along the promenade and the historic pier to marvel at the South West Coast Path of Devon, the horseshoe-shaped bay and if you want, you can visit Brixham, Paignton and beyond.
  6. Visit the Torquay Central Farmers Market that is organized on every Saturday with products sourced from around the region. The fresh cheese, organic vegetables, eggs, coffee, bread, honey etc. are the specialties
  7. Sample and taste the contemporary estate-made wines at the Bellbrae Estate where the handcrafted specialties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabarnet Shiraz, Moscato, Pinot Noir etc.
  8. When the summer tides are low, the Point Danger Marine Sanctuary can be visited for snorkeling around the limestone cliff and get up close with the marine creatures like carnivorous worms, eagle rays, brittle stars and around hundred seaslug species.
  9. Greet the animals like giraffes, tigers, lions, rhinoceros and orangutans at the Paignton Zoo where you will also find variegated plants

Learn the history of Torquay at Torquay Museum where exhibits about South Devon, Agatha Christie gallery with Poirot’s Study, sabre-toothed tiger fossils and north-west Europe’s oldest human fossil is found.

Tour Guides For First Time Travelers

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Aerial view of Torquay Harbour

Back in 1960’s, the seaside town of Torquay was nothing more than a sleepy town where people enjoyed life at their own pace with hardly any tourist showing interest in their culture or rather their surroundings. However, in course of time, surfers of Australia has made it stand as a significant choice for enjoying Watersports and beachside activities while the history buffs have found a distinct place of attraction at the cavern system, which boasts of being as old as from the Ice Age.

Before you set out to make the best out of this resort town near the English Channel, a few things you should remember –

  • The Torbay area has three luxury resorts as well as a number of caravan sites where you can stay. Know more about the hotels in Torquay.
  • There are a number of public transport options like buses and private taxis for you to explore the beachside destinations and beyond. Boat, Steam Train and ferry service can also be great choices as they are quicker.
  • For food, there are a number of beachfront gastro pubs, cafeterias, ice-cream parlors and traditional tearooms offering local cuisine as well as continental and English breakfast
  • To catch the rawest essence of the town, it is better to plan the visit during seasonal festivals that are organized every year such as Halloween, Easter, Christmas and New Year, Bonfire and Fireworks
  • The cost of the hotels increase and availability reduces during the major events like England’s Seafood Feast, Pirate Festival, International Agatha Christie Festival, Torbay Airshow, Steam Fair, BrixFest, Paignton Festival and Occombe Festival.

The best time to visit Torquay is during summer but as it is flocked by a number of hippies and hooligans during the peak season, try planning during shoulder season i.e. during spring.

The Best Hotels To Stay

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Find comfort in the best hotels in Torquay

As the crown jewel of the English Riviera, Torquay is famous for being a resort town in Devon, thanks to its wide choice of family-friendly, pocket-friendly and luxury accommodation options. You can choose your hotel near the beachfront or near the marina to make the best of shopping, gastronomic retreat, gaming, golfing and more. Some might wish to stay near the Living Coasts to spend more time with marine life or friendly penguins. Learn what you can do at Living Coast Zoo and AquariumSo here are the best hotels which you can consider for accommodation during your stay –

The Hotel Balmoral

The award-winning Hotel Balmoral stands as the leading bed and breakfast joint in Torquay where discounts on the rooms are available during Christmas, New Year and even weekend or mid-week. From the open terrace of the room, you can watch the panorama of the English Riviera. The landscaped gardens offer serenity and soft sunshine during the day. You will get 5-course meal served by the friendly staff and the Meadfoot Beach located within 2-minutes of distance.

Western Livermead Cliff Hotel

Open throughout the year, the Western Livermead Cliff Hotel is the only 3-star hotel having beach access to either side of the boundary. This family-owned accommodation not only offers private sea access but also a Lounge Bar & Restaurant facing the panoramic sea. Free parking and local cuisine is offered to the visitors. Other special features include pets’ access, complimentary WiFi, evening entertainment on regular basis and colored television on every refurbished room.

Riviera Hotel

The popular beaches within walking distance, the Riviera Hotel boasts of the view of the glistening blue sea flanking the famous beach area. All the 140 perfectly designed rooms are equipped with en-suite bedrooms having flat screen televisions and coffee and tea making facilities. According to your requirement, you will be offered rooms. The traditional cuisine at the restaurant are prepared with fresh potatoes, vegetables, cold and hot desserts etc. Bingo or Cabaret at the Show Bar and BT or Sky games at the Sports Bar will be your options.

Bay Tor Park Hotel Torquay

Tucked in the residential sector, the Bay Tor Park Hotel is perfect for those who wish to explore the countryside charm and the coastal beauty. The seafront is located a mile away. The rooms are equipped with color TV, coffee and tea makers and private washrooms. You will be offered bed and breakfast, dinner with a glass of wine, complimentary bar access, refreshment pack during lunch and daily newspaper.

Apart from the above, there is also Grand Hotel with the on-site spa and pool, The Imperial Torquay with beauty salon and the Osborne Hotel with the giant chess board in its complex. Iona Torquay is located conveniently near the restaurants, bars, shops and Princess Theatre while Torbay Hotel is famous for the on-site night entertainment, band tributes and dance shows. TLH Carlton Hotel and The Cary Arms are the other waterfront hotels perfect for family vacation with pets.

Explore The Zoo And Aquarium Of Living Coasts

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Not only as an animal shelter but also as educational coastal zoo and aquarium dedicated towards conservation initiatives and educational programs for the visitors, the Living Coasts Zoo and Aquarium can be your prime option to watch creatures in their natural habitats. From penguins to seals, fish to otters, the marine species from around the world make this a perfect spot to get up close with the animals and learn about their characteristics as well as their contribution towards nature. As members of the European, British and World Associations, this zoo has won a number of awards for their successful works on conservation and breeding. Also, learn about The Ancient Cave Of Kents.

Zones To Explore

Home to more than hundreds of birds, mammals and marine creatures, the Coastal Zoo and Aquarium has the following zones to encounter the extraordinary fauna that thrives within.

Tor Bay Seaside

A view north across Tor Bay from Brixham

On the Penguin Beach, you will find the strutting penguins having their best time in the colony while the curious otters will be seen basking on rocks. The expert keepers will tell you about the animals and their behavior. While enjoying the panorama of the Tor Bay, you can watch the animals regardless of whether it is a dry or rainy weather.


Crossroad for Penguins!

Within the 5500 sq meters of area and fifty thousand cubic meters of volume, the aviary is home to more than three hundred bird species soaring over the sea and the natural habitats. Here you can watch the tufted puffins, Inca Terns, waders and guillemots thriving with their colony.



The mangrove plants hide a wide variety of animals.

As you come down the deck, the Mysterious Mangroves will stun you with the formidable rays and enormous octopuses. From the viewing window, you can watch the gliding and diving penguins, furiously paddling auk feet underwater and their cheerfulness in wading through the waves created by wave machine. With 3 meters depth, the penguins can practice their natural behavior of diving from Tor Bay to the sea water.

Exhibits Of Living Coast Zoo And Aquarium

The following exhibits of the zoo and aquarium will definitely keep you busy –

  • Penguin Beach
  • Waders Estuary
  • Auk Cliff
  • Mysterious Mangroves
  • Fur Seal Cove
  • Otter Rapids
  • Local Coasts
  • Octopus Odyssey

At these exhibits you will get to experience the animal encounters that will create lifetime memories. You can feed the African and Macaroni Penguins fresh fish or watch the seals as they become excited for their regular feeding time. The otter experience is all about watching them frolicking around and learning about them from up close. At Mangroves, you can also feed the majestic rays. The zookeeper experience and junior keeper experience will be fun for both you and your kids. There is also the Penguin Dive experience for those who have diving certificate. In this experience, you will dive in the marine water along with the penguins, swim beside them, feed them fish and more.

Apart from the animals, the site is also significant for the native and exotic plantation around the natural habitats such as South American flora at Fur Seal Cove, African flora at Penguin Beach, UK flora at Waders Estuary and grasses and shrubs at Otter Rapids.

What You Can Do At Torre Abbey?

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Torre Abbey in Torquay (Great Britain), exterior view

Dating back to the year 1196, the Torre Abbey started with a sheltered apex on the rich fertile land in close proximity with the sea. The Torre Abbey had every facet to establish the monastery for the Premonstratensian monks and in the course of time, it had become a monument acknowledged as an Ancient Scheduled Monument. From interactive displays to art exhibits, heritage rooms to galleries, interpretative videos to talking portraits –there are lots to see. As an added bonanza, you will also learn about the Georgian Cary Family, its emergence and downfall during more than hundreds of years.

What To Expect In Torre Abbey?

Featuring more than six hundred artworks dating back to the eighteenth century till date, the collection of Torre Abbey is sure to keep you hooked. Besides, the expansive gardens will definitely give you some tranquil moments after you have been acquainted with the historical aspects. Have a look –

Choir Of Resident Artists

Incorporating original songs and sounds, stories, local history and film

The residential Choral engineers of the Torre Abbey are part of the creative choir community which is led by the native composers namely Steve Sowden and Hugh Nankivell. New music and theatrical performances are created and staged regularly by the community. You can expect original stories, songs, film presentation and historical interpretation here.

800 Years Gallery

19th-century paintings in the permanent exhibition

Once used as servants’ bedrooms on the top floor of main house, the 800 Years Gallery is enough to make you understand about the historic development since the old days till the 21st century. Learn more about historical and economic growth of Torquay in twenty-first century. Here you will find interactive mix of displays related to portraits, historical objects, artwork and information panels which speak on behalf of the Torre Abbey history since 1196. 4 color coded sections focus on the part of surprising stories such as the hologram talking knight.

Art Galleries

Sculptures of Frederick Thrupp

TorBay & The Sea focuses on Torbay’s relationship with the sea as well as the naval and military heritage. British maritime art at the Call of the Sea Gallery, pencil sketches at the Burne-Jones Gallery, and Green and Pleasant Land Gallery are also among the popular galleries in the Torre Abbey. Dartmoor Gallery, Frederick Thrupp Gallery and Behind the Scene Gallery are also notable.


Torre Abbey Garden

Agatha Christie Potent Plants

The award-winning Torre Abbey garden has everything from dahlias to roses, herbaceous perennials and orchards set in the stunning landscape of the ruins. The Palm House has variegated sub-tropical and tropical plants, plumeria, pineapple, passionflower and bananas while the Arid House has collection of succulents and cacti.

The medieval garden with wattle fence, willow tunnels and turf seats look fascinating while the Walled Garden boasts of organic plantation and herbaceous perennials around the ruins. The best attraction however is the Agatha Christie Potent Plants where some of the poisonous and benign plants are planted such as sources of morphine and cyanide.

Besides, exploring the gardens and galleries at your own pace, you can also attend the family-friendly activities like dressing up in medieval attire, workshops, plant conservation programs etc.