With its sweeping sandy bay, glittering marina and elegant Victorian architecture, it’s easy to see why Torquay is known as the jewel in the English Riviera.
Its beautiful countryside, mild climate and swaying palm trees have been popular with tourists for hundreds of years and to this day, Torquay is a much-loved seaside staple for holidaymakers from all over the world. Looking for somewhere to stay? Forget Fawlty Towers - Torquay has some of the most beautiful self-catering cottages, villas and townhouses in England so you don’t need to worry about encountering any angry hoteliers!
This inspiring seaside town has stirred the creative brains of some of Britain’s best authors, perhaps most notably, Agatha Christie. Many of her works were penned in Torquay and you can find out about her life and times living in the town in the Jazz Age by following the Agatha Christie Mile. Other writers who’ve taken Torquay as their muse include the poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the author of the Water Babies, Charles Kingsley and master storyteller, Rudyard Kipling. You can trace Torquay’s literary history by walking the Blue Plaque Heritage Trail.
Toddlers, teens and grown-ups will love the variety of things to see and do in Torquay. Take the family on a boat trip around the bay or pack a picnic and explore the Royal Terrace Gardens. Visit the Living Coast Zoo and Aquarium near the harbor where you can see penguins, seals, octopus and much, much more. History fans will love visiting Kents Cavern, one of Europe’s top prehistoric Stone Age caves.
If you’re looking for something a little more energetic, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are 22 miles of coastal footpath to enjoy so walkers will be in their element. Torquay’s sheltered bay means it’s perfect for watersports such as including, sailing, kite surfing, wind surfing and scuba diving.