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The English Riviera (Torquay, Paignton and Brixham)

Located on the scenic South Devon coastline, Torquay has been one of the UK’s top holiday destinations since Victorian times and it’s easy to see why.

For holidaymakers looking to enjoy the beach life, Torbay will leave you spoilt for choice.  Along the Torbay coastline are 19 beaches to choose from, ranging from wide sandy beaches through to private, secluded coves.

Babbacombe Tall ships in Torbay

There are also an array of attractions to keep the whole family entertained!  You could visit Paignton Zoo (of TV fame), or go back in time at Kent’s Cavern where you’ll discover prehistoric caves – recognised as the oldest human dwelling in Britain! 

The steam railway is well worth a trip, where you can experience a steam train ride across viaducts and through wooded valleys, arriving in the picturesque town of Dartmouth with its quaint art galleries and famous castle.

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For those feeling more adventurous you’ll find Splashdown @ Quaywest in the neighbouring town of Paignton - a waterpark with the renowned near-vertical ‘devils drop’ waterslide for those daring enough.  Back in Torquay, why not visit Living Coasts where you can see the Penguin’s at play – both above and below water, or pay a visit to Babbacombe Model Village where you can experience Torbay in miniature.

Torre Abbey is the oldest building in Torquay. It has a story spanning 800 years and was once the most important Abbey of its kind in England, the brothers who lived here then were known as the White Canons. Following a massive three-year restoration project visitors can now explore the most ancient and hallowed parts of the building where some stunning finds have been unearthed. Torre Abbey a historic house and garden, also home to a museum and art gallery.

A few minutes walk from the Capri and you’ll find yourself nearing the marina where you can take your pick from a choice of cruises – from a day trip along the coast or an evening cruise to enjoy the promenade illuminations.

In 2007, the English Riviera gained Global Geopark status from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). This accolade is awarded to areas of outstanding geological, archaeological. ecological and cultural interest, and some of our partner Geoparks are located in the most stunning places of natural beauty in the world, including Australia, China and Malaysia. Our geological journey has created the spectacular landscape and distinct, beautiful bay we can all enjoy today. To find out more about our Global Geopark, visit www.englishrivierageopark.org.uk.

If you would like to explore a little further afield, you’ll find Dartmoor National Park within a 30 minute drive with it’s rugged tors, quaint villages and picturesque riverside walks.  The cities of Exeter and Plymouth are also within an hours drive which are also home to a wide selection of activities and attractions, including the famous National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth – which houses one of the largest tanks in Europe!

South devon Attractions!