There is a wealth of things to do and places to see on the English Riviera, and Torquay is ideally situated for reaching all of them. The Westbrook is ideal for walking to the Riviera Conference and Leisure Centre, Torre Abbey, promenade and beach, Theatre, harbour and town centre. The Riviera Wheel is on Princess Gardens from May to the end of October.
Living Coasts is a great attraction in the Harbour area where you can get up close to the penguins. Since opening in 2004 the Living Coasts have added each year to its visitor pleasure and the new mangrove area and improved children's facilities make this an ideal day out - don't miss a visit to the seal and otter families.
From the Harbour there are many boat trips - you can just cross the Bay to Paignton or Brixham, or go round the coast to Dartmouth. Why not visit Agatha Christies holiday home, Greenway, by boat.
On the way up to Babbacombe you can 'go underground' at Kents Cavern. The guides are very well informed and make the tour interesting and fun. Kents Cavern is part of our Unesco Geopark. The Ghost Tours in summer are spooky.
Bygones Museum will please young and old, with its mixture of old Victorian streets, model railway, doll's house collection, and much more, and it looks so small from the front!
Babbacombe Model Village has to be one of the best in the country and is well worth a visit whether young or old. Follow up your daytime visit with a free invite to go again at dusk and see the village illuminated.
Paignton Zoo, although a little further, is not to be missed. The Conservation Trust who own it have made in into a fabulous place for the animals and the visitors. See the youngest giraffes, one of whom was born this year, the Crocodile House, Lemur Wood and maybe return in the evening for the Badger Watch.
That is just a small sample of the places to visit on the doorstep - there are, of course, many gardens, historical houses, theme parks, museums in the area. Further afield you can go to Teignmouth, Dawlish, Dartmouth, Plymouth, Exeter and some even get as far as the Eden Project.