Torquay Area Guide

Torquay is a great family holiday destination with plenty of things to do all year round. Situated in the English Riviera which is renowned for its warm climate, Torquay sits on the eastern side of Torbay with it’s 22 miles of beautiful coastline.

The town itself has many different areas to base your South Devon break and to explore. On the main seafront is the large marina which is crammed fall of yachts during the summer months. Torre Sands is a popular beach just beyond the Princess Pier and overlooked by the contemporary Torre Sands development with its many bars and restaurants. Just behind the beach is Torre Abbey, which has foundations that date back to 1196 and now a museum of art and history.

Around the headland from the marina discover a rugged coastline with coves and beaches to enjoy. Meadfoot bay is a shingle beach with amazing views of Thatchers Rock, an outcrop which rises 25ft out of the sea. Here you can hire deck chairs or a beach chalet and has a seasonal cafe to keep you fed and watered.

Walk the South West coast path a little further east and you will find Ansteys Cove, Babbacombe beach and Oddicombe beach. Visited by Queen Victoria, Babbacombe is a popular spot for tourists, sitting high above the beach it has a lively atmosphere and plenty of things to keep you busy. There is a beautiful downs area with it’s promenade, model village and theatre with a year round programme of shows.

Explore the nearby area with an open-top bus tour, or visit the nearby quintessential english village of Cockington with it’s thatched cottages and historic court and visitor arts centre.