Carol's Guidebook

Carol
Carol's Guidebook

Sightseeing

The English Riviera is a beautiful area with too many stunning and interesting places to list. As well as the few places listed here, there are numerous National Trust properties/gardens locally, one of which was where Agatha Christie did much of her writing.
Historic manor house. Green space, lakes, artisan shops, cafes for a Devon cream tea, pub serving food.
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Cockington Country Park
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Historic manor house. Green space, lakes, artisan shops, cafes for a Devon cream tea, pub serving food.
Beautiful views. Ride the cliff railway to the cafe on the beach for breakfast or lunch.
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Babbacombe
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Beautiful views. Ride the cliff railway to the cafe on the beach for breakfast or lunch.
Within walking distance. Located on Torquay seafront. Visit the Abbey which is a Scheduled Historic Monument. There is a fabulous palm house in the walled garden.
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Torre Abbey Museum
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Within walking distance. Located on Torquay seafront. Visit the Abbey which is a Scheduled Historic Monument. There is a fabulous palm house in the walled garden.
Historic Dartmouth is a short drive away. Cross the River Dart with your car on a ferry.
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Dartmouth
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Historic Dartmouth is a short drive away. Cross the River Dart with your car on a ferry.
Visit quirky Totnes and browse independent shops, walk along the river Dart or visit Totnes Castle
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Totnes
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Visit quirky Totnes and browse independent shops, walk along the river Dart or visit Totnes Castle
Visit this working harbour and watch fisherman land their catch. Step back in time on a replica of Sir Frances Drake's the Golden Hind.
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Brixham
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Visit this working harbour and watch fisherman land their catch. Step back in time on a replica of Sir Frances Drake's the Golden Hind.
Greenway House is the former holiday home of Agatha Christie and is now owned by the National Trust. The house and vast stunning grounds are open to the public. Agatha did much of her writing here in the picturesque setting.
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Greenway House
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Greenway House is the former holiday home of Agatha Christie and is now owned by the National Trust. The house and vast stunning grounds are open to the public. Agatha did much of her writing here in the picturesque setting.

Rambling/walking

Walk part of the Southwest Coast Path during your stay. The complete Torbay section is 22 miles long and covers woodlands, cliffs, beaches and some pavements.
South West Coast Path
Walk part of the Southwest Coast Path during your stay. The complete Torbay section is 22 miles long and covers woodlands, cliffs, beaches and some pavements.
3,500 acres of forest with trails to suit everyone from walkers to cyclists to segways. Or try the high wires on Go Ape which is within the forest.
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Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
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3,500 acres of forest with trails to suit everyone from walkers to cyclists to segways. Or try the high wires on Go Ape which is within the forest.
This is a National Trust site with free entry and a cafe serving wonderful breakfasts and lunches. There are pastures, woodland and riverside walks. You will need to pay for parking unless you are a National Trust member.
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Parke
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This is a National Trust site with free entry and a cafe serving wonderful breakfasts and lunches. There are pastures, woodland and riverside walks. You will need to pay for parking unless you are a National Trust member.

Food Scene

Torquay has many restaurants to suit all budgets. If you are celebrating check out the Michelin restaurants listed.
Good French food at reasonable prices. Within walking distance
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Bistrot Pierre
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Good French food at reasonable prices. Within walking distance
Very good food within walking distance.
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On The Rocks Restaurant
1 Abbey Rd
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Very good food within walking distance.
12th century Manor House how an hostel and restaurant. Semi rural location.
Churston Court Inn
12th century Manor House how an hostel and restaurant. Semi rural location.
Michelin star restaurant specialising in fish dishes. Within walking distance.
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The Elephant Restaurant
3-4 Beacon Hill
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Michelin star restaurant specialising in fish dishes. Within walking distance.
Michelin recommended restaurant specialising in fish dishes. Within walking distance.
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No 7 Fish Bistro & Wine Bar
7 Beacon Hill
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Michelin recommended restaurant specialising in fish dishes. Within walking distance.
Michelin recommended restaurant with a French influence
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The Orange Tree Restaurant
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Michelin recommended restaurant with a French influence
Goodrington has a beach, a green, children’s play park, boating lake, mini golf and Cantina Kitchen and Bar serving great food. They often have live music too, see their website for further details.
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Cantina Kitchen and Bar
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Goodrington has a beach, a green, children’s play park, boating lake, mini golf and Cantina Kitchen and Bar serving great food. They often have live music too, see their website for further details.

Entertainment

As well as those listed below, you will find live music events, carnivals, local village fetes etc depending on the dates of your stay.
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Torquay Museum
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Large zoo with many various animals, including two newly (Feb 2021) arrived Somatran tigers.
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Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
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Large zoo with many various animals, including two newly (Feb 2021) arrived Somatran tigers.
This is the BIGGEST water park in the UK!
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Splashdown Quaywest
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This is the BIGGEST water park in the UK!
Princess Theatre is within walking distance on Torquay promenade.
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Princess Theatre
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Princess Theatre is within walking distance on Torquay promenade.

Watersports

We have the fastest RIB ride in the UK, the Raptor, operating from Torquay harbour.
Torquay Watersports
You can hire a stand up paddle board from Wesup on Torquay’s main beach.
Wesup Torquay Abbey Sand
You can hire a stand up paddle board from Wesup on Torquay’s main beach.