Torquay is a town in the unitary auhority of Torbay, in Devon. Torbay is a conurbation of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham on the south coast of the county.
Torquay is a great destination for a family holiday and there are lots of tourist attractions, as listed below. The Travellers Guide has a good choice of holiday accommodation and hotels in Torquay to suit all budgets.
Must See and Do Tourist Attractions in Torquay
Cockington Village is a picture postcard village located less than 1 mile from Torquay seafront. It is a beautiful place to take a stroll and explore with your family.
Cockington has a historic manor house and 460 acres parkland, woodland and tea rooms are open to the public. If you like viewing craft workers in action then there is a potter, blacksmith and glass-blower who give demonstrations and sell their wares in the gift shops.
The Agatha Christie Mile in Torquay takes in 10 landmarks – all dotted around the Torquay harbour and seafront area. The walk starts at Torquay’s tourism information centre on the harbourside, where you can pick up the Agatha Christie Mile leaflet.
Other popular tourist attractions in Torquay include the Babbacombe Model Village, Living Coasts, Torquay Museum, Torquay Pavillion (Shopping centre with speciality shops) and Torre Abbey. Kents Cavern is an important Stone Age site.
Family Days out in Torquay
Situated at the coast, Torquay features many family friendly and safe beaches, including Maidencombe Beach, Watcombe Beach, Oddicombe Beach, Babbacombe Beach, Anstey’s Cove, Redgate Beach, Meadfoot Beach, Torre Abbey Sands, Corbyn Sands and Institute Beach.
If the weather is not suitable for a day at the beach, why not visit Torquay’s Rainbow Fun House, create-a-craft or Brixham’s Wizz Kidz indoor play centres. Children will find excellent entertainment and their parents can relax while having a cup of coffee.
You can choose from a range of family friendly hotels in Torquay.
Sport in Torquay
Partly due to its excellent coastal location, Torquay is known for hosting sailing events and regattas.
The Torquay United F.C. is playing in the English Football League, with its home base in Plainmoor. Rugby and snooker are also played in Torquay. The Torbay Athletic club and Torbay Triathlon Club represent the athletes of Torquay.
If you want to be active in your holidays, you can go walking, fishing, cycling or try some water sports. The Torquay Golf Club is an excellent location for your golfing holidays.
Shopping in Torquay
Torquay has a bustling town centre, featuring all the high street shops and department stores you would expect. Fleet Walk Shopping Centre offers cafes, boutiques and shops in a modern and stylish atmosphere.
Nightlife in Torquay
Torquay has lots of bars, restaurants and wine bars.
The Drum Inn is a family friendly pub which serves tasty pub food. This pub was designed by the famous architect, Edwin Lutyens.
Transport in Torquay
Torquay Railway Station is located near Torre Abbey Sands beach. Torre railway station is situated more inland.
If you are planning to fly to Torquay then you should look at booking a flight to either Exeter International Airport (EXT) or Plymouth City Airport (PLH). Airlines serving Exeter International Airport are Air Malta, Flybe, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways, among others.
Official Tourism Office for Torquay