Visit Torquay

Made famous by the legendary comedy series Fawlty Towers. The history of Torquay goes back for thousands of years evolving to the seaside resort it is today. Now its bustling with holiday makers looking to relax and have some fun in the sun during the day and party into the small hours at night.


These days with the redevelopment over recent years Torquay has become a more modernised place to be and with the opening of cocktail bars and bistros. It now attracts a much younger crowd and the town can be a hive of activity of an evening into the small hours.

  • Some early human artefacts were found in¬†Kents Cavern and date back 450 thousand years ago.
  • In 1196¬†Torre Abbey¬†was founded and by 1539 it had become the richest¬†Premonstratensian¬†Monastery in England.
  • Agatha Christie¬†was born in the town and lived here during her early years.


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,¬†Torquay 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,¬†There are many from the budget Travelodge, Premier Inn and then the luxury¬†4* hotels like the Palace, Livermead, 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
  • 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 your sunscreen)

Things To Do:

Where To Eat & Drink:

  • Amici (Italian)
  • Angels Cafe
  • The Buccaneer
  • Cary Arms (sit with a beer in the sun just a short walk to a blue flag beach)
  • Cotton Eye Joes (American)
  • The Elephant (Fine Dining)
  • Ephesus (Turkish/Greek)
  • Hanbury‚Äôs Famous Fish & Chips (award winning)
  • Hole In the Wall (Amazing steak)
  • Jingles (Mexican)
  • Le Bistrot Pierre
  • Legends (steak)
  • Man Friday’s (seafood)
  • Meat 59 (one of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted)
  • Old Vienna Restaurant (Austrian)
  • On the Rocks (seafood)
  • Pier Point
  • The Orange Tree Restaurant¬†(fine dining)
  • Three Degrees West
  • Visto Lounge
  • Wellies

Where To Find Them:

Nearby Destinations:

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.

Recent Posts:

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
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
30 Stunning Beaches Around Torbay in 360 - Not many people, even some locals realise just how many beaches Torbay has, 3 of them awarded with the Blue Flag, 10 the¬†Seaside Award… Continue reading 30 Stunning Beaches Around Torbay in 360
Watcombe Beach - Beautiful secluded beach and an enjoyable 20 minute walk through the forest to get down. You just have to remember that you have to get back up, it's fairly steep so be prepared.… Continue reading Watcombe Beach

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