Located in an area of South Devon known as the English Riviera, Torquay boasts miles of sandy beaches, with a whopping 22 situated within easy reach, including the popular Torre Abbey Sands, Watcombe Beach, and Anstey Cove.
With so many wonderful beaches to choose from you’re bound to find the beach that suits your needs. There’s a wide range of water-based activities to try including diving, sailing and surfing, or if you prefer to keep your feet dry, the area offers some fantastic walks, featuring stunning views across the vast stretch of coastline along the South West Coast Path.
If the sea is a bit chilly for you and you still fancy a swim check out Waves Leisure Pool where the water is heated to 29 degrees Celsius and you can enjoy the flume and wave machines in this water haven.
Living Coasts is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the town with the penguins always proving to be favourites with visitors. There is more to see than just the penguins with other animals including seals, otters and octopuses to name a few. Living Coasts operates in partnership with Paignton Zoo which is just a short drive away from Torquay and houses over a further 2,000 animals.
On the outskirts of Torquay you’ll find Babbacombe Model Village where 4 acres of lands have been converted into a miniature village. Enjoy looking at the collection of cars, boats and people as you immerse yourself into miniature world. The owners have hidden some characters around the village, so pick up a ‘Spotter Activity’ sheet and get into finding them.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Torquay is Kents Cavern, which is thought to have been formed over 2 million years ago. The attraction has won several awards for its excellence in recent years and is a great place to explore whatever the weather. There are several other attractions that are well worth a visit too, including Bygones, Torre Abbey and Cockington Village and Country Park.
if you prefer to keep your feet dry, the area offers some fantastic walks, featuring stunning views across the vast stretch of coastline along the South West Coast Path
Torquay has a great range of eateries serving food from a wide variety of cultures. One of our favourites is the Orange Tree Restaurant serving English European dishes, which has also received several awards for their food quality.
Many visitors are drawn to Torquay due to the weather that the English Riviera is famed for. The region receives above average winter temperatures and also has the most hours of sunlight in the whole of the South West giving you plenty of time to enjoy the many beaches in the area.