Visit Torbay

Known as the English Riviera, popular for its mild climate, famous for its award winning beaches and iconic palm trees. Torbay is the collective name for Paignton (my home town), Brixham & Torquay and has more attractions than any other resort in the UK and is also a Global Geopark. Known locally as the bay of dreams, I count myself lucky to live in such a beautiful place and call it home.


Torbay’s sandy beaches, mild climate and recreational and leisure attractions have given rise to the nickname of the¬†English Riviera.¬†It provides a natural escape for large ships during rough weather and very few days go by when there aren’t some vessels anchored for shelter or awaiting orders.¬†

One thing you are bound to noticed around Torbay is how red the soil is. This colouration is due to iron chemicals, which is only found in deserts. These chemicals were released from overlying desert rocks that then passed down into the Devonian rocks beneath, staining them red. The Devonian period was about 395 to 345 million years ago. It is called Devonian because Devon was the first place that these rocks were studied in great detail. The Devonian slate has eroded over time to become the red soil that you find here today. You may come across some pink sheep in the fields around the bay, as hilarious as it looks it is just from the dust they kick up while roaming.

  • Torbay is built on a desert, thankfully though these days the climate is not as hot as it was when the rocks were formed.
  • Torbay has been¬†twinned¬†with¬†Hameln¬†in¬†Lower Saxony, Germany since 1973 and with¬†Hellevoetsluis¬†in the Netherlands since 1989.
  • With finding the oldest example of human bones and tools of a¬†modern human¬†in Europe, dating back to 37,000‚Äď40,000 years ago, Torbay may have been inhabited since Paleolithic¬†times.


There’s no shortage of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, ranging from luxury hotels to charming Bed & Breakfasts and quality self catering establishments.

  • Airbnb,¬†from ¬£20 a¬†night for a private room, while entire apartments/homes can start from around ¬£40 a night, this would be my recommended¬†option.
  • Camping, Hire a static caravan or bring your own camper or tent for as little as ¬£11 a night at¬†Widdicombe Farm Touring Park,¬†Widend Touring Park,¬†Whitehill Country Park,¬†Beverley Holidays or¬†Waterside Holiday Park.
  • Hostel,¬†¬£19.33 a night Torquay backpackers is your only option.¬†Linen included,¬†free parking and¬†free wi-fi.
  • B&B & Guest Houses,¬†There are loads to choose from, probably best to look at the reviews on tripadvisor. ¬†Prices start from ¬£40 a night.
  • Hotel,¬†Again there are many from the budget Travelodges, Premier Inns and then the luxury¬†4* hotels like the Palace, Grand or Imperial. Prices start from ¬£40 – ¬£150 a night.

Getting Around:

  • Bus, There are two companies running throughout the bay Stagecoach¬†and Torbay Buses.¬†A Stagecoach Dayrider is ¬£5 for adults and ¬£3.50 for a child,¬†Area the ticket covers.¬†After 7PM ask for a Nightrider ¬£2 until end of service.
  • Taxi, There are a few¬†to choose from:
    • Torbay Taxis: 01803 211611
    • Price First Taxis: 01803 322322
    • Torbay Cab Company: 01803 292292
    • Riviera Taxis: 01803 212600
    • Ace Taxis (Brixham): 01803 882121
    • South Hams Cabs: 01803 840404
  • Car, is by far the easiest option if you want to travel between towns. There are a few local places you can hire from, Thrifty, Enterprise, Chief &¬†Budget Car
  • Ferry, There are a few, but for just ¬£2 and 20 minutes, you can travel between the 3 towns. Check out We Ferry.
  • Walking, With some of the best coastal paths in the country, walking these wont disappoint, with the stunning views on a sunny day. (Don’t forget the sunscreen)

Nearby To Do’s:

From beaches, the Zoo’s & steam trains. With much to do in and around the bay, check out the destinations below for more of a thorough guide.


Where To Eat & Drink:

For just a few pounds fish & chips are the traditional bite, just be aware of the seagulls. Plenty of places for a kebab, Indian or Asian food can be found for ¬£6 at lunch times. Always Wetherspoons for a quick cheap meal. A sit down meal at a restaurant with table will probably cost you from ¬£25 for a main course. (Eating out at restaurants will soon put a dent in your wallet, so you‚Äôll want to avoid doing so all the time.) Best places to buy and cook your own basic groceries are Sainsbury‚Äôs, Morrison‚Äôs,¬†Lidl and Aldi. If your hungover or just feeling really lazy then there’s Yeti Delivery¬†that will pick up a takeaway and bring it to your door.

Helpful Tips:

  • Yeti Delivery¬†will pick up a takeaway and bring it to your door.
  • Be aware of the seagulls if your outside with food.
  • Get ¬£30 off your first Airbnb trip of ¬£55 or more click here.

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Boat House, Paignton - Great location with great views. One of my favorite places to eat or just sit outside with a beer, in the sun, in torbay!!… Continue reading Boat House, Paignton
Preston Sands Beach - Preston Sands is is renowned for its many painted beach huts and one of Torbay's most popular beaches and is a local favourite. It has a green that runs the length of the beach which is ideal for kicking a ball, throwing frisbees or just chilling and lazing in the sun. There is a small playpark in the center of the green to help keep the youngsters amused.… Continue reading Preston Sands Beach
Anstey’s Cove - Tucked away below high cliffs is this small rocky beach with limestone cliffs, interesting rock formations and views across Lyme Bay to the Dorset coast. Accessed from the coastal path, this beach has lovely sea views and a quiet and peaceful atmosphere¬†suitable for fishing.… Continue reading Anstey’s Cove
Brunel’s Dance, Brunel Wood - Take a walk through Brunel Wood and you'll stumble across a clearing where this memorial lies hidden away in memory of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.… Continue reading Brunel’s Dance, Brunel Wood
Long Quarry Point - A hidden gem at the bottom of the babbacombe cliffs, not easily accessible but worth the effort to get down to see a part of Torbay that not even many locals will have been to. It's a great spot for fishing and If you like climbing there are a wide variety of climbs and climbing styles in the quarry and it's fantastic for¬†deep water soloing.… Continue reading Long Quarry Point
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Goodrington Promenade & Cliff Gardens - A nice casual stroll from the Roundham headland down to the beautiful Goodrington Beach. The promenade curves around the cliff and in the summer you'll find it decorated with colourful beach huts. This stretch of the South Devon Coastal Path is very popular amongst locals, many like to sit and enjoy the sun here, go fishing and in the summer youngsters can be seen jumping off the steps enjoying themselves.¬†Fisherman who frequently fish catch all types, from mackerel, whiting, bass, dogfish and garfish.… Continue reading Goodrington Promenade & Cliff Gardens
South West Coastal Paths - Whether you‚Äôre looking for an afternoon stroll to take you to a beautiful view or a hike. Head to the beach, turn left or right and you'll be on the South West Coast Path, the longest National Trail in the UK. The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and full of new experiences.… Continue reading South West Coastal Paths
Gentle Stroll Around Fishcombe Point - A gentle stroll around the Domesday estate of Churston Ferrers, passing the twelfth century manor and its coaching inn thats said to be haunted by one of the Benedictine monks. The route follows an ancient green lane, as well as a coffin way and a modern walking trail.… Continue reading Gentle Stroll Around Fishcombe Point

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