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Torquay

Torquay HarbourTorquay is often referred to as the 'Queen of the Riviera', and it is here the Riviera ideal really comes to life.

For centuries a popular destination for coastal holidays, Torquay was the birthplace and home of internationally- renowned crime writer Agatha Christie, and is steeped in history, from the awe-inspiring caves of Kents Cavern, to the World War II slipways at Beacon Quay. With so much culture, history, and an amazing nine beaches to choose from, Devon's Torquay really is the perfect place to relax on holiday. With over 500 Hotels in Torquay, many of which have a spectacular sea view, there is no shortage of accommodation options.

The town is famed for its situation among seven green hills, from where grand Victorian villas and terraces gaze out to sea. Palm-lined promenades lead to the lively harbourside and marina, where pavement cafes and boutique shops abound, in addition to a range of top class restaurants.

 

As the jewel in the crown of the English Riviera, Torquay has a real cosmopolitan vibe and sipping a cool drink on a long, hot summer's day, it's possible to imagine yourself a thousand miles away.


Today Torquay has shrugged off the traditional seaside town image, to reinvent itself as a cosmopolitan playground popular with tourists the world-over. With great road, train and air links, the town is an escapist paradise, accessible to all. Why go abroad when the English Riviera is on your doorstep? And by visiting us, you won't be leaving huge carbon imprints, just footprints in the sand...

Paignton

Paignton PierFamous for its long, sandy beaches, paddler-friendly waters and a colourful, bustling pier, Paignton remains a popular, traditional seaside resort.

The lively seafront of Paignton, Devon, and that of nearby Goodrington, offer a host of attractions from the waterslides of Quaywest to crazy golf on Paignton Green.

Paignton hotels offer easy access to the beach with facilities to suit all tastes. During the summer months you will find the area hosts many festivals and fairs, in addition to the many yearly exhibitions and events which are held on the green.

If you crave peace and relaxation, you can pick a spot on one of the secluded beaches, inlets and coves that stretch along the coast towards Brixham.

 

Fun away from the beach...

Away from the shores, there's no shortage of things to do and visitors are spoilt for choice!

Take the steam train along the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway to Kingswear, visit the endangered species at Paignton Zoo, or indulge in some history at the 500 year old Kirkham House or at Oldway Mansion, once home of Isaac Singer of Singer sewing machine fame.

And at the end of the day..

An evening stroll along the seafront, under the soft light of the beach front illuminations, is a perfect way to wrap up your day. With all the essential ingredients for a magical family holiday, Paignton is the ideal seaside resort.

Brixham

Brixham HarbourGenerations have been enchanted by the charm and romance of Brixham, a colourful and bustling fishing port at the southern end of Torbay.

The hilly town is built around the central harbour area, which remains the lifeblood of this quaint historic town. Vibrant fishermen's cottages gaze out across the port and the fishing trawlers below. Many of the Brixham hotels are within easy reach of the harbour.


Fishing for compliments...

The trawler was invented in Brixham back in the 19th century and today they share the harbour with a replica of SirFrancis Drake's ship, the Golden Hind, a popular tourist attraction and focal point of the town.

Brixham remains one of the UK's busiest fishing ports and every year, over ten thousand tonnes of fresh fish and crustaceans land on the quays.

You couldn't find a better place to sample the fresh catch of the day, available from countless restaurants, cafes and seafood stalls.


The nearby statue of William of Orange is another hint to the rich and diverse history the town boasts. The Hymn, "Abide With Me" was written in Brixham, and there are endless tales of smugglers and pirates to be unearthed by the inquisitive.

Have a relaxing drink by the Harbour...

There are plenty of cafes and unusual shops to be discovered as you explore the charming streets and alleys, while there is no end of traditional pubs willing to reward you with an ale or glass of wine at the end of a busy day sightseeing.

Of course, the best way to experience the allure of Brixham is to take one of the many boat trips and enjoy the commentary - with the added charm of a Devonian accent. You'll learn plenty about the rich heritage and history of the area, whilst also returning with amazing photographs of your nautical adventures.

Brixham is blessed with some of the most stunning coastal walks in the UK, and no visit would be complete without a climb to the cliff-top nature reserve of Berry Head, past Breakwater Beach and Shoalstone seawater pool.

Babbacombe & St Marychurch

Babbacombe Cliff RailwayThe two parishes of Babbacombe & St Marychurch in Torquay are small villages in their own right and boast a delightful alternative to Torquay town centre, with independent shops, a wide range of tea rooms and restaurants, stunning sea views and a number of interesting attractions.

Perched atop distinctive, red sandstone cliffs , this district boasts a colourful promenade following the Babbacombe Downs, enjoying stunning coastal vistas across the wider Lyme Bay and, on a clear day, the Golden Cap in Dorset.

Babbacombe

A tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the harbour area of Torquay, Babbacombe boasts a traditional olde worlde charm that has delighted generations of holidaymakers.

In fact the area was especially popular amongst post war honeymoon couples, attracted to the romantic views and walks the area is blessed with.

Oddicombe Beach can be reached by foot down a very steep, wooded lane, or you may choose a more gentle ascent on the historic Babbacombe Cliff Railway. One of only a few original working funicular railways, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has been transporting visitors up and down the 240 foot cliff face since 1926. A short stroll from Oddicombe Beach leads to Babbacombe Beach and the Cary Arms Pub. Nearby is Babbacombe Model Village, where thousands of miniture buildings and people capture the essence of all things British.
On returning from the beach, your healthy appetite can be satisfied at one of the numerous tea rooms and eateries dotted along the cliff top overlooking the stunning Babbacombe Downs. No visit to the area would be complete without indulging yourself in traditional cream teas, while the area also boasts several award-winning fish and chip shops.

St Marychurch

Just a short stroll from Babbacombe reveals the historic village of St. Marychurch, boasting a timeless charm and refreshing community spirit.

The pretty, Victorian-style pedestrianised precinct of St Marychurch offers a wide choice of independently owned small shops and boutiques, all offering friendly service and a personal touch. A pleasant stroll will reveal antiques shops and clockmakers, a traditional sweet shop and a number of excellent cafes.
This is the site of the two landmark churches that make up Torquay's unique sky-line, as well as a beautifully landscaped golf course with spectacular views out to sea. No visit to the area would be complete without a few hours spent in Bygones, a fascinating Victorian Museum that offers three floors of pure nostalgia, sure to be popular with adults and children alike.
St Marychurch is just a short bus ride from the heart of Torquay and is best explored on foot, with plenty of traditional cafes and pubs only too happy to reward the weary traveller.

There are a host of hidden treats waiting to be discovered by the inquisitive and those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the 21st century.
The Babbacombe and St. Marychurch Festival takes place for two weeks every June and is packed full of great events and entertainment. So make sure you don't miss this fabulous festival!