Having just returned from a post Christmas visit to Torquay.. There are some of mu thoughts.
Torquay can be found on the South West Coat of England, the town sits in Torbay and is in the cony of Devon Which is a well sheltered bay. The other local towns are Paignton and Dartmouth. Tourism is a major industry in Torquay and this can be seen by the large number of hotels on the sea front.
In addition to hotels there are also holiday homes in the area with self catering.
The actual sea front is long - it took me 15 minutes to walk from my hotel to the main shopping area. So if walking is not your scene then there is a great bus service - bus number 12 runs every 10 minutes along the sea front. A dayrider ticket at £5.10 gives a full days travel on all Stagecoach buses in the Torbay area. There are other tickets from Stagecoach South West - the telephone number for Stagecoach is 01803 66 45 00.
As for town of Torquay it's self there are many things going on often in the summer months. Some but not all of the shops were closed down in December, some attractions were open. Plus the usual shops offering seaside gifts etc. I really enjoyed looking a the local art galleries. Well worth a visit.
Torquay has a good sided harbour. Packed full of boats etc. In the summer months there are boat trips.
There is are some D Day history to look out for. D Day landing stages built in May 1943 for use on 6th June 1944 can be seen. These are sadly half forgotten but well worth looking at and wondering who stood there before D Day and what is must have been like. There is also the home of Agatha Christie who was born in the Torbay area. Her photo seems everywhere!
For trips out I used the bus to visit Dartmouth and Paignton. In one day and for a longer day trip for £7.50 sent an interting couple of hours on a bus and in Plymouth.
Torquay is good seaside town to visit, even in winter, with much more to offer in the summer.
Torquay is a large town situated in the South West of England. The town is on the South coast and lies in the county of Devon. Torquay has a population of around sixty four thousand people, however as this is a very well known resort the towns population can reach close to two hundred thousand people in the summer months. This means that the tourism industry is very important to this area, people have been visiting this part of Devon for many years and will no doubt continue to do so in the future.
If you are looking for accommodation in the town then there are plenty of hotels to choose from. Some of the larger and more well established ones include The Somerville Hotel, The Chesterfield Hotel, Fairways and The Grand Hotel. These all have very good reputations for a good standard of rooms and excellent service and facilities. There are lots of other hotels in the town ranging from larger ones to small bed and breakfasts. There are also plenty of holiday homes both in the area and in the town itself, these are ideal if you're looking for self catering accommodation. If you are looking for an ideal place to stay for the family then there are a few nice holiday parks in the area. These offer cheap accommodation and have entertainment on for children and adults.
The town of Torquay has plenty going on in the summer months. Many of the shops and services tend to be seasonal so if you visit in the winter many shops are shut down. In the summer months though there are plenty of shops offering local souvenirs and gifts, lots of things for the beach and other holiday items. There are also a few excellent galleries which showcase some excellent local artists. There are plenty of cafes, bars and pubs to enjoy, most of these have very good atmospheres and visitors are made to feel welcome.
The town has quite a large harbour. This can be an interesting place to have a look round as there is always plenty going on. You can usually book cruises and day trips from this area and this is a great way to see some of the coastline. There are also plenty of beaches to choose from, Meadfoot beach is a nice sandy stretch as is Torre Abbey Sands. There is also Anstey Cove which is a shingle beach with lots of interesting rock pools to explore. The coastline in this area really is spectacular and there are lots of great beaches and fantastic cliffs to explore.
There are lot of attractions in this area, for instance Paignton Zoo is a great place to have a look round and see some interesting animals. There is also the home of Agatha Christie who was born in this area. There are lots of other interesting things to see and do in the town itself and also in the surrounding area. Torquay is an excellent place to visit and really does have so much to offer. Next time you are heading for the South coast make sure you give this lovely town a visit.
The Devon holiday resort of Torquay is situated within Torbay, an area in the South West of England that includes two additional towns, Paignton and Brixham.
When originally established Torquay was little more than a fishing port alongside near neighbor Brixham. In the 19th century however it quickly became known as a fashionable seaside location within its own micro climate, earning itself the nickname the "English Riviera".
There are numerous places of interest at hand to visit in Torquay and include Kents Cavern, Babbacombe Model Village, Bygones Museum and Cockington Country Park. Recommended beaches include Babbacombe, Oddicombe, Meadfoot and Torre Abbey Sands, where it is claimed to be the best place to build a sandcastle in the country!
Famous people who are from or lived in Torquay include the author Agatha Christie, the comic and satirist Peter Cook, model Lily Cole and comedian Miranda Hart. It is also a well known fact that John Cleese found inspiration for the sitcom Fawlty Towers after spending time staying at the Gleneagles Hotel, set in the Wellswood area of the town.
Within recent years there has been much discussion of regeneration within the area as the stagnant tourism industry fails in bringing in much needed revenue to the area. A bypass intending to shorten the journey by car from Newton Abbot has been proposed and planning applications are currently being pushed through government.
As an inhabitant of Torquay for over 25 years I am biased when I say that Torquay is one of the nicest places to live in the country. With beautiful beaches and friendly locals I would not choose anywhere else to be during the summer months!
Torquay is beautiful, with amazing views and activities its enough to keep any one entertained for days, unfortunately residents are not as welcoming to asians as one would expect, racial comments are common on the streets and service in pubs and restaurants is also a factor due to this.
I love Torquay, Paignton and the quaint fishing harbour of Brixham, but of the 3 I prefer Paignton for its beach and flat sea and town areas.
It is a place I have visited on many occassions - mostly when I was much younger and it has fond memories. In fact one such memory was of me in the sea while my dad was sleeping in his deckchair - only for me to wake him up as the tide was literally inches from his feet!
Among its attractions are the Babbacombe model village and Kents Cavern which is highly impressive.
It has very good park and it now has a sea coast area which I'm waiting to visit.
However, the only downside with both Torquay and Paignton is that it they are quite expensive - particularly basic things like parking, which includes those with blue badges (like my former wife).
It is an area that I will definitely be taking my partner and children to later this summer, and it is one that I really would like to explore a lot more of.
Torquay in General
The first time I went to Torquay I thought that this wasn't going to be that good compared to holidays abroad. To my surprise I really enjoyed it and tend to go there whenever I have the chance along with my wife.
~ Where did I stay? ~
Me and my wife stayed in a little hotel called The Coppice. It was run by two men who were as camp as Christmas but very friendly and polite although this has now changed as it has been taken over. I would fully recommend this hotel to anyone who plans on visiting Torquay for the first time. The hotel includes two swimming pools which considering the size of the hotel is a mighty achievement.
Other types of facilities which are included is a steam room, gym, pool table and a Jacuzzi which is great for relaxing after a long walk around the Riviera.
The food is very scrummy and delicious and you look forward to seeing the menu an hour before teatime and wondering what you might get for desert (sad I know but it's what holidays are about!). The rooms themselves are spacious and very clean and are up to five star standards in my opinion.
There is also entertainment every other night and can be a bit cheesy but the quiz is the one which brings in the crowds.
~ What is there to do? ~
The zoo is not far away from where we stayed and is based in Paignton just five minutes from the Riviera. Here you can see lots of animals and also are able to adopt an animal/plant on the day. My wife's favourite animal at the zoo was an Eastern Bongo and she had to adopt it.
*Babbacombe Model Village*
The village is a great place for children and famous for its beauty and originality and after visiting here we had to come back each year we visited Torquay. Here you will find model buildings, beautiful gardens and cars which will amaze you.
This is a great place to come in from the sun or even if it is a bit rainy and have a swim. We used this mainly if the weather was a bit dull or just to cool down after a hot day in the sun. There are many water slides in which the children can use to add a bit of excitement to swimming and it is quite cheap too.
This was the birthplace of the famous writer Agatha Christie who was born in the 1890's. If you read her novels then you will know that many places in Torquay can be found in her books.
*Other leisure facilities*
During our visit we played bowling, crazy gold, tennis, go karting and pitch and putt which all added to the enjoyment of our holiday.
*Trusts and Parks*
You can visit Dartmoor National Park which is well known for its beauty and also has some fantastic attractions and well worth a day out. We also visited Devon Wildlife trust which preserves animals and generates money for wildlife projects Sea quest and the wetlands.
This is fabulous at night especially with your loved one or with friends and is normally found lit up with lots of colourful lights. Its also nice if you have a big bag of chips to share and a nice breeze especially after a long hot day.
You can shop till you drop here and my wife usually does for a day or so. If this happens there are plenty of tea and scone shops for us men to have a rest while she is shops like crazy for bargains and there are lots to be found here!
If you like cream scones or just fish and chips then this is the place for you. There is so much choice for eating out which we hardly ever needed too but if you do then all you need to do is walk into the centre and you won't be disappointed.
Before you go you can look for a certain type of restaurant and you will be able to find a brochure for it I can guarantee they all have one online.
~Places I recommend to eat out~
Fish Bistro: Here you will find a lovely selection of fish type dishes and they do also have an excellent selection of wines. It is also only five minutes from the town centre. The price can be a bit expensive but you are on your holidays!
The Orchid: This is one of my favourite places to eat out at. It comes with three AA stars and I can back that up as the food is so tasty and each meal is fresh and you can tell that a lot of care and attention has been put into your dish. Great price for the quality of food you are served up here.
Hanbury's: Here you will find the tastiest fish and chips you have ever had. The chips are big, chunky and golden and so is the fish. The price is a bit inflated but who cares, you pay for quality.
~When is the best time to go? ~
I would recommend going in August as you can practically guarantee wonderful weather. We have never had a holiday were we didn't have more than one day of rain and we always went in August.
If you go around this time the fair is there so you can take your children on rides and try to win that teddy for your loved one. There tends not to be a great amount of rides but still great for entertaining your children.
~Best way to travel to Torquay~
We tend to put on a good old CD and have a good sing along whilst driving the entire way there in the car. We just tend to stop off at services and then off we go again. You can beat driving to your holidays and is very exciting just packing the car (very sad I know!).
~How much spend would I require~
When we go we spend around £600 for two weeks in the hotel but that includes breakfast and tea. In terms of spend if you have kids I would take £200-£300 as each activity in the centre of Torquay can cost £2-£4 a go. Overall I would put aside £1000 to have a great time and maximise the enjoyment. For a large family I would say £1500+.
~Any negative points? ~
The driver who drives down to Torquay will be very tired after driving but it is a great adventure. Torquay can be a bit pricey at times but you just spend wisely and you will have a great time.
Parking can be tricky at times during peak times but there are lots of spaces and you will just have to park a bit away from were you want to be and walk.
~What are the beaches like? ~
The beaches are very clean and can often find deck chairs to put up to sit on while your little ones build sand castles or even have a paddle in the sea. The beaches tend to be quite busy in August time especially if the weather is nice and would recommend you get there early if you wish to read your book or just to sunbathe.
If you enjoy the nightlife, for example clubbing or just going to the pub then there are lots of these to be found to please your needs. There is a club just near the sea front which tends to be very busy on weekends and would recommend this if you want to go out with the girls or lads.
Overall Torquay is my favourite holiday place of all time and I have been to some nice places abroad. It pleases all your needs and revitalises you for when you have to go back to work.
If you go for a week then you will not fit everything in and will have to come back for two weeks the next time which is what we did. There is something for everyone here and is a great holiday especially for families or just couples wanting to spend some time together in the sun.
It is also a great place for the older generations who can sit and sizzle in the sun whilst enjoying the splendid scenery and gardens which surround you everywhere you go. You never feel in danger at night and the locals are very friendly.
Torquay/Torbay is an ideal family holiday destination for those looking for Mediterranean climate without having to have the hassle to travelling abroad.
I have lived in Torquay all my life and know matter where I travel to in this country of abroad, I can't think of a better place to live. In a relatively small area there are just so many places to see and attractions to visit.
You can easily spend two weeks in Torbay and still not have time to see and do all that Torbay has to offer.
Here are just a few.
This idyllic village is hidden in a deep valley just one mile from the bustle of Torquay. It is easily accessible from the seafront by bus or car, or alternatively by horse-drawn carriage in keeping with the history of the area.
Visitors find themselves transported to a magical land, so peaceful you can almost hear a pin drop. Narrow winding lanes open out onto beautiful chocolate box cottages, old English gardens and thatched gift shops. These sell locally produced crafts and Devonshire Cream Teas.
There are 450 acres of parkland, woodland and lakes to explore. The lakes themselves are thought to have been created by monks living at nearby Torre Abbey, to supply them with fresh fish.
On the edge of the woods is the famous Gamekeeper's Cottage dating back to the 16th century. The Gamekeeper was entrusted with raising pheasants, hares, duck and rabbits and keeping the area free of poachers. Today the cottage is the meeting place for many guided woodland walks.
The village also has its own Inn situated across the road from the car park. It has fine views, friendly staff, log fires in winter and great food. There is outside seating and a varied menu to suit all tastes. It also welcomes families and children can play safely in the gardens. The Drum Inn, completed in 1936, also has a thatched roof in keeping with the rest of the area and was designed by the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Cockington Village really has to be seen to be believed. My Fiancée and I often take a walk into Cockington during the summer, and have a cold refreshing pint at the Drum Inn.
Family Rating 8/10
Fantastic place to visit, older children however may quickly become bored.
Occombe Farm, opened in 2006, offers a whole new Devon food and farming experience for all the family.
Occombe is all about food and is a showcase for the region's great produce. The farm shop brims with locally-produced goods with a delicatessen, traditional butchery, staples, beer and wine and fruit and vegetables. The in-house organic bakery guarantees that visitors are greeted each morning with the mouth-watering scent of freshly made bread and cakes. Stock up for picnics, or buy everything you need for a BBQ, including burgers (voted "the best ever" by the BBC Good Food Magazine in 2007).
Family Rating 7/10
A very good place to visit but only worth a couple of hours. You'd be hard pushed to spend longer there. However the food and drink are excellent. Probably not the most fun for teenagers.
Waves Leisure Pool:
If you are looking for fun & exercise for the whole family, be sure to visit Waves Leisure Pool ~ it's indoor family fun!Waves Leisure Pool is open every day and under 5's swim for free.With sloping entry into the pool, even the youngest children can enjoy the water and never feel out of their depth. All can enjoy the wave machine in this warm indoor leisure pool every half an hour. For competent swimmers over 5 (and mums and dads too!) the flume adds that extra excitement to your visit.
Friday nights and Sunday afternoons are 'Fun Sessions' in Waves Leisure Pool, complete with a giant water inflatable dinosaur and toys for the children. Price includes a Child's Meal in Neptune's Galley afterwards and parents swim for FREE on Friday nights.
Family Rating 10/10
Great fun for all the family. It's also situated right on the seafront and walking distance from the town centre.
Paignton Zoo is one of England's most beautiful and largest zoos boasting a collection of some 1,200 animals, representing over 300 species. A variety of special attractions within the zoo makes it a popular day out for all the family. The zoo is owned by a charitable trust dedicated to the conservation of the world's wildlife, with a variety of captive breeding programmes underway. As featured on the recent ITV television programme Zoo Story.
You could easily spend the whole day at the zoo, and the staff are very friendly and will always make time to anwser any questions you have about the animals too.
Family Rating 10/10
Incorporated within the English Riviera's Geopark and alone recognised as the most important stone age cave in Britain, Kents Cavern has revealed more about palaeolithic Britain than anywhere else. Highly commended tours take you through these 2 million-year-old caves to discover a unique history uncovered by Victorian archaeological explorers. Open July and August evenings for ghost shows.
This is a place that I haven't visited for while so I can't really rate it, but as a child I used to love going, as it felt like a bit of an adventure going down into these caves.
Life-size Victorian exhibition street with period rooms. Large Hornby railway layouts, medals and militaria and illuminated 'fantasyland'. Wander back in time and see a real 'olde worlde' street with forge, pub and period display rooms. Bygones used to be a cinema and is much larger than it looks from the outside. Something for all ages. World War I walk-through trench. Experience the sight, sounds and smells of the Somme. Also World War II Far East display. New 1940's-1960's shopping arcade.
Family Rating 8/10.
A very interesting place to visit. Really takes you back in time. Maybe not ideal for really young children.
Babbacombe Model Village:
Thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles capture the essence of England's past, present and future set in four acres of award winning gardens. It's not just the humour, nor the animation - it has a life of its own.
Festival of Lights from dusk during Easter, May half term and peak summer - Thousands of sparkling lights illuminate the gardens and scenes and uncovers what goes on inside the tiny houses.
Halloween Horrors, miniature scenes of gore and horror, classic horror movie scenes and the haunted Lord Elpus Hall, with special effects. Spooky-Luminations from dusk!
Winter Wonderland. Using the specialist snow effects used by film and TV, picture postcard snow scenes and snowy landscapes cover the Model Village. Wade through the snow to Santa's Lapland-style grotto on special dates. The most magical Icy-luminations light up the park after dusk.
Family Rating 9/10.
Something for everyone all year round.
Torquay Hi Flyer Ballon
See the stunning views of Torbay and surrounding area from this 400ft high helium filled balloon.
Family Rating 2/10
This is a novel Idea and I would love to up in it to see my town from 400ft, but at a cost of £14 per adult and £8.00 per child, I'm not really that fussed.
The Golden Hind
Re-live Drakes incredible world voyage of 1577 aboard this full sized replica, moored in Brixham harbour. The ship gives a fascinating, hands on and exciting experience to life on board in 16th Centuary, enthralling and delighting thousands of visitors young and old alike.
The Golden Hind offers a huge range of special events, ranging form re-enactments and exhibitions.
A really good interesting feature but you probably wouldn't make a special journey to see it. Ideal to go and have a look if you are already planning to visit the idillic fishing town of Brixham.
These are just are just a few of the attractions in Torbay, there are many many others.
Torbay also has many beautiful clean beaches , and on a nice sunny day the seas is such a deep blue in colour.
Babbacombe Downs is also woth a visit, it has great views of Torbay and you can see right acroos to Teignmouth. Even though I grew up around that area, the views still manage to take my breath away. On the Downs there are also many good pubs and restaurants.
For the raver in you, Torquay has many nightclubs situated along the Harbour front, and up Torwood Street. Just be careful not to stumble out of a night club and into the Harbour!!
I could go on for ever, but I won't. Why not just come and see for yourselves.
Torquay also known as 'The English Riviera' got its name from the ancient Saxon hamlet of Torre and the Quay it sits on. Well known for its mild climate, there are many palm trees growing all around the area. Torquay was made popular in Victorian times, I'm sure many people reading this review will have visited Torquay on holiday as a child.
Torquay is made up of many regions, which have been added to over the years. The Willows, Watcombe, Saint Marychurch, Babbacombe, Wellswood, The Warberries, Ellacombe, Plainmoor, Tormohun (although this is known locally as just Torquay town centre), Torre, Livermead, Shiphay, Barton, Cockington, Chelston, Upton and Hele village.
There are many beaches in Torquay, obviously some busier than others. While some are easy to get to, others are hidden away or quite steep to get to. 2 examples are;
Oddicombe Beach- Situated on the Babbacombe Downs, it is nested below the cliff. There are two ways of getting down there, walking down a steep walkway or on the Ciff Railway. Mainly a shingle beach, there is the choice of water sports or relaxing on a deck chair. The cliff railway opened in 1926, stopping for a few years during World War II.
Torre Abbey Sands- Is the main beach in Torquay, situated along the promenade and close to the main road getting in to Torquay. It is a sandy beach which is very popular with residents of the many surrounding hotels, as well as the locals. On the other side of the road is Torre Abbey Meadows, this is very popular for people wishing to enjoy the coast without getting sand in their picnic, there is also crazy golf, tennis, pitch and putt and a HiFlyer Balloon.
Coming off Torre Abbey Sands, to the left there is Torre Station, or continuing on is Paignton. Infront of you there is Torre Abbey Meadows, behind is Torre Abbey and the many hotels and B&B's Torquay has to offer. To the right is Torquay famous promenade, there is the Princess Gardens and the Princess Theatre. Continuing on is Torquays famous harbour, although there is quite a bit of regeneration work going on here right now. Carrying on there are arcades, victorian buildings and then the shops. Torquay has a large selection of shops, both big name stores such as Debenhams or River Island to little quaint shops. There are many gift shops and plenty of bars and restaurants.
-Torquay is built on 7 hills.
-A few Monty Ptython's Flying Circus sketches were filmed in Torquay, whilst filming and staying in a Torquay hotel, an eccentric hotel proprietor was the inspiration for John Cleese to create Basil Fawlty and Fawlty Towers.
-It was the setting for the 2003 film Blackball starring Vince Vaughan and Paul Kaye.
-Agatha Christie was born in Torquay.
Torquay at night;
There are coloured lights that light up the beach and town at night, making a walk along the promenade quite romantic. Torquay also comes alive at night, the bars are full to the brim as people come from the towns around to have a good time. There are a few nightclubs in which many famous DJ's regularly attend.
Places to visit;
Kents Cavern- Stone Age caves to explore, now with restaurant and gift shop.
Babbacombe Model Village- Considered one of the best model villages in England. The site covers 4 acres, includes over 400 models along and over 1,000 ft of model train track.
Living Coasts- Black Rats, 5 Fur Seals, Penguins which visitors can walk amongst, Sea ducks, Gulls and Terns. There is underwater viewing points and a cafe.
Cockington Country Park- A 450-acre park with Cockington Court Craft Centre. The park is made up of formal parkland with cricket pitch and historic church, ornamental lakes and woodland walks. There is a thatched village, the Ark Play Area, a liscenced restaurant and you can take a horse-drawn carriage to see everything.
Torre Abbey- Newly renovated, only re-opening in July. You can walk through the 1196 building, showcasing examples of Georgian life and now home to Torbays Art collection.
There are many other places in and around Torquay to visit, www.englishriviera.co.uk has a full list of attractions, plus accomodation.
My link with Torquay;
I grew up in London, my parents decided to take a holiday together, like they did every year. They found themselves in Torquay this particular year, they loved it so much that later in the year we came down as a family. There were talks of moving but at 12 years old it doesn't sink in. We got home, my parents put the house on the market and we had moved to nearby Newton Abbot within 4 months. I have been a regular visitor to Torquay ever since, from visiting the sites as a teen, to enjoying the night life and spending lots of money there on my shopping trips. I even got married in a Torquay hotel.
Its a lovely place to visit and live. Just avoid the local football team (Torquay United) and you'll have a pleasant stay.
Torquay is where the programme 'Faulty Towers' was supposed to have been. Torquay is split up into three regions: Mary Church, Babbacomb & Torquay itself. There's lot's to see at Torquay & plenty of places to stay, Torquay has a museum which I'll mention later. Torquay had a wonderful harbour fronted by lot's of gift shops & cafes. There's two shopping centre's & hundred's of shops which will be listed, there's also parts of torquay that the tourist doesn't know about, but soon will.
Torquay is the Capital of 'Agatha Christie' Country. The world's most celebrated mystery writer was born in the town in 1890 & used many places in Devon in her best selling mysteries! On the 'Agatha Christie Mile' one can see the picture of Miss Marple's detective work, stay at Agatha Christie's honeymoon hotel, vist exclusive exhibitions of her life at Torquay Museum & Torre Abbey & solve a mystery of your own!! Furthermore there are three marvellous trails around the coast & countryside of South Devon, totally dedicated to the life and work of Agatha Christie. Leaflets & books giving more information are obtainable at the Torquay Tourist Information Office.
Agatha Christie was born (1890-1976). Her first script, 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles', was discarded at least six times by publishers before at length getting accepted. Its publication in 1920 introduced the world to Hercule Poirot, one of the most celebrated of all names in detective fiction. Persistence, as well as her ingenious plots, made Agatha Christie the foremost writer of detective novels in the 20th century. She was born Agatha Miller on Sept. 15, 1890, in Torquay, Devon, England, & educated at home by her mother. While working as a volunteer nurse during World War I, she began her first book. Major recognition came with the publication of 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' in 1926. There followed about 75 thriving novels, 25 featuring Poirot. Her other famous detective, Miss Jane Marple, first appeared in 'Murder at the Vicarage' (1930). Presentation of Christie's mystery play, 'The Mousetrap' (1952), set a world record for the longest permanent run at one theatre. Among works tailored for film were 'Witness for the Prosecution' (published 1953), 'Murder on the Orient Express' (1934), & 'Death on the Nile' (1937).
As a year round holiday objective you will be spoilt for choice should you choose to eat out. Torbay boasts many award winning seafood restaurants that serve fresh, local produce - here you will find everything from nationally highly praised fish & chip restaurants to top class a la carte establishments. You will also find French, Mexican, American, Italian, Greek, Indian & Thai to praise the traditional English restaurants. No visit here would be inclusive however without a common Devon Cream Tea, which can be enjoyed all through the English Riviera in elegant hotels, in tea gardens & in the shopping centres.
Below Decks is a café in Torquay. It has tables outside facing the harbour. Their cream teas are about £3.75, they also do an all day breakfasts. Theres a menu on the tables although the tables them selves are a bit wobbly, also theres special offers on display. You might see an RAF Sea-king rescue plane going over from time to time. While sitting at one of the tables I noticed that a coach load of sea cadets turned up in their wet suits, must have alcohol for blood as the water was pretty cold. Theres also a café pub just down the harbour which has blue plastic chairs outside. The café is next to the Shirax pub & cream teas here are £2.95, Orange juice is priced at £1 (although its a bit small), tea is 90p, they also do decaffeinated coffee with a choice of brown & white sugar in little long tubular sachets. Theres also a café pub just down the harbour which has blue plastic chairs outside. The café is next to the Shirax pub & cream teas here are £2.95, Orange juice is priced at £1 (although its a bit small), tea is 90p, they also do decaffeinated coffee with a choice of brown & white sugar in little long tubular sachets.
Other places to dine in Torquay are:
The Bay Tree bistro (01803 - 297050)
The Bar Code (+44(0)1803 200110)
Balti Garden (01803-290087)
Bombay Express (www.bombayexpresstorquay.com
Capers Resturant (01803 291177)
C A M E L O T Medieval restaurant (booking form online)
Cobleys Fish café (01803 213918)
Cary Park Café (01803 322059)
Babbacombe is an area of Torquay which is a resort in itself. The cliff top promenade enjoys dramatic views across Lyme Bay that, on a clear day, can stretch as far as Golden Cap in Dorset. To make the journey down to the beach at Oddicombe you have the mild option by drifting 240 feet down on the cliff railway, which has been functioning since 1926. Someone was moving a table from the office & accidentally knocked into the side of the emergency stop button, the car halfway down came to a sudden halt sending people flying. Luckily no one was hurt, but theres a grill over the button now!
Not far from Babbacombe is the pretty town centre of St Marychurch a village within the town of Torquay, which is in the Doomsday book. Its pleasant pedestrianised grounds have a fine assortment of shops & cafes. Babbacombes most infamous inhabitant was John Lee, The man they couldnt hang, who was convicted of the murder of his employer in 1884. The trapdoor was pulled three times, but the door failed to open; it was tested without body weight & was found to be working perfectly despite testing with sacks & dummies! His sentence was commuted & he did 22 years living to the age of 69.
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Being a family with young children, we haven't been brave enough to travel abroad yet and always take our main Summer holiday in Britain. Our most frequently visited area over the past few years is Torbay.Aptly named The English Riviera, Torbay is situated in South Devon and the three main places there are Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Torbay has a good mixture of places to go, things to do for the whole family, young and old. If you are looking for somewhere with big-name stores, and restaurants then you should head for Torquay. The variety of shops here is as good as you will find in any city centre and includes eateries such as Mcdonalds and Pizza Hut to name but a few. The town is surrounded by hundreds of hotels and bed and breakfast houses, many of which overlook the picturesque Torquay harbour. Torquays beach is very clean and the sea always has a bluey green colour to it and there is an abundance of palm trees which make you feel as though you could be abroad. The weather always seems to be warmer in this area. At night, the seafront is lit up with coloured lights cleverly placed behind plants and trees but not overdone. If you travel further around the bay you will come to Paignton. This is more a typical seaside town with a wide selection of ammusement arcades and beach shops. Along the seafront there is a pier, cinema and entertainment complex where you can watch well-known celebrities perform. There is also a large grass area in front of the beach where you can find fairgrounds or other events throughout the year. The hotels and pubs along the front have beer gardens that overlook the sea. Paigntons town centre has a good mix of shops and is divided from the sea front by a level railway crossing. The promenade is lined with gift shops and stalls selling fresh sea-food snacks and icecreams and leads to a small harbour where you can take a boat trip from around the bay. At the other end of Torba
y is the fishing town of Brixham. This delightful little town centres around the harbour where you will find a life-sized replica of Sir Francis Drakes ship, The Golden Hind. Around the harbour are plenty of souvenier shops, aquariums and fish and chip restaurants selling locally caught fresh fish. There are also plenty of cafes that sell Devon cream teas and a few amusement arcades but these do not spoil the look of the town. There are shops but these are on a smaller scale to Torquay and Paignton. Whichever one of these towns you visit, you can always take a boat trip to the other two. There are lots of other smaller beaches in between such as Goodrington Sands which is where we usually stay. This, too, has a nice sandy beach and a leisure complex called Quaywest with water slides and small shops, and a Brewers Fayre pub overlooking the sea. In my opinion, maybe Torbay might not be as good as travelling abroad for some people but it must rate a close second, and I am looking forward to going back again this year.
The English Riviera is the aptly named area on the south coast consisting of the three resorts of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham set around a huge sheltered bay. I say aptly named, because the climate here is so warm there are palm trees growing along the promenade. Torquay is a typical seaside resort with ten beautiful beaches many with the Blue Flag award for cleanliness. There are theatres, cinemas, a leisure club, a pier and all the other traditional seaside entertainments. If the weather’s bad there’s an indoor beach at The Riviera Centre with a fun pool, water shutes and a wave pool. There’s also a gym, sauna and soft play area for the children. Torquay’s oldest building is Torre Abbey, which houses a superb collection of paintings and antiques. One place you MUST visit while you’re staying at Torquay is the model village at Babbacombe, which is a couple of miles north of Torquay itself. This place is amazing. You can visit in daylight or at night when all the lights in the models come on and the streetlights are all aglow. Look out for a real working television in one of the houses, we checked on the score at Wimbledon as we went past! Some of the names of the shops and houses are comical too – look out for Lord Helpus Hall – that one tickled me! Another nice place within walking distance from Torquay is Cockington with its forge and quaint shops and gardens. This is well worth a visit. Paignton is the middle one of the resorts and tends to be the most commercialised of the three. Again there are miles of golden sands for some serious sandcastle building, and there are amusement arcades up the main street. Illuminations light up the promenade at night. The station for The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway is in the main street, in the middle of the town. You can take a just take a trip on the train or if you’re feeling adventurous, do the round tr
ip, which involves taking the train to Kingswear, ferry to Dartmouth, boat to Totnes, and then back to Paignton by bus, quite a day out! Paignton Zoo is one of the best zoos I have seen, with state of the art enclosures to keep both animals and visitors happy. It was the location for the filming of the Zookeepers. My favourite of the three resorts is Brixham, a busy fishing port. It is a maze of narrow winding streets, with fisherman’s cottages and inns where the smugglers used to meet. Moored in the harbour is a replica of the Golden Hind, the flagship of Sir Francis Drake. You can go aboard and explore for a modest charge. All three of the resorts have a variety of accommodation including a wide range of hotels, self catering and holiday camps. All are within easy reach of one another so you can experience the different characters of each.
Ever wanted to go down to a hot place situated on tyhe coast with lovely sunsets, warm beaches and healthy Palm trees, but can't afford it? Well, you might just be in luck because Torquay is definately the place for you. I was brought up here and have loved it all the time. I like to go down and relax on the beach or go for a swim in the indoor swimming pool, called the English Riviera Centre. The swimming pool has a flume, wave machine and a fitness suite, with a restaurant and junk food store you can visit afterwards. This place truly is a must visit.
They have palm trees, clean beaches and clear sea. They also have great shopping centres and places to visit like model villages, caves and the historic harbour. This is a good place to stay for a least a week as there are lots to do and places visit. To have a perfect holiday you just need to have the sun which is becoming rare now in britain. This is also near to places like plymoth etc which can also make it ideal for touring.
I reckon I'm pretty lucky to have been born in Torquay and to have spent most of my life in such a beautiful place. I also have the added advantage of still having family living there so even though I've moved away there is always a good excuse (like I need one!) to return. Being a sea-side town there is plenty to do both in Torquay and the surrounding towns and villages. There are numerous beaches from the sandy Torre Abbey Sands to the pebbly Oddicombe and Babbacombe beaches (if you go to Oddicombe there's a cliff railway you can catch down to the beach and up again which is fun and saves your legs!!) to the nudist Pettitor beach. There's the Model Village and Paignton Zoo which are always worth a trip. Cockington is a particularly pretty little village just off the sea-front with horse draw carriages and thatched cottages. There are numerous deep sea fishing trips you can take or simply a boat accross the bay to Brixham, a pretty fishing village about 7 miles along the coast from Torquay. There is plenty of accomodation to be found from camping just outside the town, to the various 4 and 5 star hotels. The nightlife varies from pubs, restaurants and nightclubs to theatre shows and strolls along the prom. Bear in mind that this is a VERY busy town during the summer season and getting to Torquay can take a fair while and a lot of patience on the M5/A38. The town is brimming with tourists and the vast ammounts of foreign language students who decend on the town to attend the many language schools in the area. All in all it's a great place to live and definately a place to visit! The English Riviera has something for everyone and caters for all price ranges.
I have been to Torquay a few times and seen it change over the years. It has a shopping centre in the middle of town. There is a bus station up the top of town, and a bowling alley up near the bus station. There is plenty of nightlife where you can go dancing or drinking or for a meal. The beach is abit of a walk from the town centre. You go past the pavillion and the Theatre where you can see shows like Cannon and Ball. The beach then is just around the corner. They have a sandy beach with lovely water there, seems quite clean. They have a harbour where you can take boat trips anywhere, like go to Brixham to see the Golden Hind ship. Then you can also book up coach trips here aswell as the boats. There are plenty of places nearby to visit like Babbacombe Model village, i suggest seeing this at night as they light it all up. There is Paignton with its Zoo and beach and a train station to get to other places. Check out Cockington,which is a tiny little village with quaint houses with thatched roofs they do horse and carriage ride around there or you can walk, as it is all cobbled streets so no cars allowed. There are more places to visit. There is plenty of places to stay from B and B'S to 5 star hotels, catering for everyone. Try a cornish pastie, they are different to what you buy in the supermarkets. Also try a scone with cream and jam.