Close Attractions

Things To Do In The Local Area


There are 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.

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.

Paignton is around 20 minutes walk away depending on how fast you walk or the local bus stop is at the end of the road which will take you in to Paington bus station.

If Brixham takes your fancy you can take the boat across from the harbour or take the bus. Brixham is well worth a visit with an active fishing fleet and lovely shops situated around this historic harbour. If you are keen for a bit of exercise you can take a walk to Berry Head and see two old forts and the lighthouse which is the smallest in the United Kingdom. From the headland you will be able to look across Torbay back to Torquay or out into the Channel and see the profusion of ships making their way up this busy waterway.

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 giraffes, 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 and 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. If it is peace and serenity that you are looking for then short drive to Buckfast Abbey is in order. Here you will be able to see the workings of a Benedictine Abbey and its fascinating history.
                                                                  
                                                         Just a walk away are ....

For all ages the Pirates Bay/ Jungle Journey Crazy Golf fun for all ages.
Bowis, Tennis courts, and a 9 hole pitch n putt golf course all on the seafront and positoned within the beautifully maintained Abbey Park.



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