Bright and sunny Torquay is the genteel centrepiece of the English Riviera, famed for its palm trees, piers and promenade. Here you can experience all the seaside favourites with a choice of clean beaches, fun-packed arcades and a glitzy marina that features everything from fish and chip bars to high-end seafood restaurants.
Yet this traditional Victorian resort hides plenty of surprises too, like a vast labyrinth of prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern. This underground world is one of Britain’s top Stone Age sites, with stunning rock formations and exhibitions containing ancient man-made tools.
Nearby lies the quaint neighbourhood of Babbacombe, where a clifftop promenade offers gorgeous views of the coast. But it’s the pint-sized Babbacombe Model Village here that really draws the crowds. Explore the beautiful yet surreal gardens to see fire-breathing dragons, giraffe and even Dot Cotton, alongside more conventional sights.
Elsewhere, Torre Abbey has a garden with poisonous plants straight from the pages of Agatha Christie.
Torquay's Top Sights
- Scenic promenade
- Entertainment & dining at the marina
- Prehistoric Kents Cavern
- Babbacombe Model Village
- Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens
How to get to Torquay
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