What to do and see in Torquay, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 27, 2017 Almeta Stockton

Mild ocean breezes, sandy beaches and swaying Torbay Palms give the small English town of Torquay a distinctively Mediterranean feel. More than just a beach spot, Torquay boasts an enormous coastal aviary and the famous Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves. Agatha Christie spent most of her life here, and the city is now home to multiple film companies. With such a rich literary history, Torquay may be the perfect place to finish writing that novel or screenplay, or just to relax with a good mystery.
Restaurants in Torquay

1. Babbacombe Theatre

Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LU, England +44 1803 328385
Excellent
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4.5 based on 735 reviews

Babbacombe Theatre

A valuable asset to the English Riviera for nearly eighty years, the Babbacombe Theatre is renowned for wowing audiences with their highly-acclaimed variety shows, performed throughout the year by a professional cast. Music, Magic and Mirth in all its guises is what ‘Christmas is…Magical’ promises this festive season. The family show promises spellbinding Illusions, the obligatory ‘Singalong’, some movie masterpieces, pop hits, comedic classics, Disney favourites, dashing cavaliers and a host of heavenly angels. Look out too for the international travellers raising ‘a glass’ or ‘twelve’ of cheer, as they enjoy a little bit too much, of the Christmas Spirit! For details of all other shows programmed at Devon’s No.1 theatre (as rated by TripAdvisor), for 2017/18, please refer to the venues website. The theatre has, access for wheelchair users with an accessible toilet, wheelchair spaces & Loop System.

Reviewed By Belloa - Torquay, United Kingdom

Recently went to see Starshine.....AMAZING.... a bright entertaining show (a complete contrast to the cold wintry weather outside!). Ben was hilarious, the magician was clever and the dancers and singers kept us entertained all night. As a group we make a special trip to see the Babbacombe show each year and this show did not disappoint....we laughed from the beginning to the end and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. If you get the chance to see this show you will not be disappointed. Well done to all the performers and choreographers.

2. Babbacombe Model Village

Hampton Avenue | Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3LA, England +44 1803 315315
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Babbacombe Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village is Torquay's most popular and visited attraction. Representing British life and culture over the last five decades all in miniature. Animated scenes, along with touches of very English humour bring it all to life. Taking you on a fun, informative and nostalgic trip through the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s to present day, it has appeal for all ages. Famous for its lovely setting in 4 acres of award-winning Gardens that are a delight to experience all year round. NOTE: Opening times signify the admission times - opening to latest entry.

Reviewed By CeeGee115 - Newton Abbot, United Kingdom

My partner and I explored the village and thoroughly enjoyed it, I didn't expect such detail and carefully thought out models but someone has gone to a great effort to set all of the props up and make it really fun. My favourite was to...MoreThank you for coming to see us and for your great review

Torquay, England
Excellent
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4.5 based on 201 reviews

Cockington

Reviewed By lisadkm - Torquay

cockington is a must for visitors to the bay.i grew up around here and always enjoyed a visit..quaint olde worlde with traditional water wheel blacksmiths and tea rooms..the church is lovely and the rose garden,duck ponds and local pub

4. Roundham Head - South West Coast Path Walk

Paignton Harbour North Quay, Paignton TQ4 6DU, England +44 1392 383560
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Roundham Head - South West Coast Path Walk

A wheelchair-friendly 1 mile walk on the South West Path around Paignton's Roundham Head, the hub of the town's sixteenth-century fishing industry. The headland's rocky red layered cliffs are topped with pines and sycamores. There are extensive views, northwards across Tor Bay and over Goodrington Sands to Brixham in the south. On a good day you can even see across Lyme Bay to Portland.

Reviewed By smithytrio - Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

One of my favourite places. Just love the views from here. Looking to Torquay, Paignton then Goodrington and Brixham.

Torquay, England +44 1803 326108
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Babbacombe

Reviewed By deepsky - Barry, United Kingdom

There is a lot to see around town so you need time. Areal nice museum that takes you back in time. And of course the wonderful model village.

6. Goodrington Sands

Tanners Road, Paignton TQ4 6LN, England 01803 665485
Excellent
63%
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4.5 based on 848 reviews

Goodrington Sands

Reviewed By bluemoonfoodie - Exeter, United Kingdom

This really feels like the sweet, old fashioned resort we all get nostalgic over. A huge beach with 2 places to eat (a Brewers Fayre and the live music bistro Cantina) arcades, water sports, ice creams & fun - what more could you ask for??

7. Kents Cavern

89/91 Ilsham Road | Cavern House, Torquay TQ1 2JF, England +44 1803 215136
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern is by far Britain's most important prehistoric cave used by ancient humans for the last 500,000 years including Neanderthals and early modern humans. The caves are open every day for guide tours, 7 days a week with natural caverns, amazing natural formations, remains of mammoth, woolly rhino, sabre-toothed cats, an Ice Age woodland trail quest, nice shop and cafe with views over the Ilsham Valley. The closest hotel to the attraction is the Gleneagles, inspiration for TV's Fawlty Towers. We are 2km from Torquay Harbour and only 15 mins walk from the South West Coast Path and local Beaches, well-known to previous visitors like Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter, George V, Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin. Perfect for a rainy or sunny day by the seas, winter or summer.

Reviewed By Melissa R

Visited yesterday with my husband. I was really impressed. David was our tour guide and he was friendly, very informative and added some humour to the affair. Not as physically strenuous as Other cave tours I’ve been on. I’d definitely recommend

8. Babbacombe & Oddicombe - South West Coast Path

Walls Hill Road | Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3LZ, England +44 1392 383560
Excellent
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4.5 based on 226 reviews

Babbacombe & Oddicombe - South West Coast Path

Reviewed By deepsky - Barry, United Kingdom

We were hoping to use the cliff railway but it had been out of service. so we walked and had a great lunch in the cafe. its a lovely Beach the cliff erosions are interesting. We actually drove down the next day so lunch was again great. its well worth the trip. we were luck with the very bright sun in november can't fault it.

9. Cockington Country Park

Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA, England +44 1803 520022
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Cockington Country Park

Cockington Country Park surrounds the picture postcard Cockington Village which lies just off the seafront near Torquay. The Country Park is free to walk around and features beautiful formal Gardens, lakes and woodlands which can be enjoyed via a network of paths. Cockington Court and Cafe are nearby, along with a collection of craft studios where you can browse the creations of local artists and crafts people. The Cockington Country Park is cared for by local charity the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, who's volunteers operate a Visitor Centre in the village. Car parking is chargeable, although Trust members can park for free in the Trust's car park. Visit our website for more details.

Reviewed By Patpinkpanther - London

Fantastic to spend the day with walks and visiting Cockington village. There is a medieval church, arts and crafts centre, pub and tea rooms. The picturesque village of Cockington is like a hidden treasure and a journey to the past and history.

10. Palace Theatre

Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF, England +44 1803 665800
Excellent
64%
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre is a true community theatre for the English Riviera, set in the heart of Paignton , and is the oldest working theatre in Torbay, constructed back in 1890. It is owned and run by Torbay Council. The theatre has a Seating capacity of 380. It has undergone a major refurbishment and it looks fantastic. Tickets for the Palace Theatre can be purchased in person from the Palace Theatre, or by phoning the Box office on: 01803 665800, or tickets can be purchased by going to any local Tourist Information Centre.

Reviewed By john h - Cardiff, United Kingdom

My wife and I decided to book the Agatha Christie play 'And then there were none' as we were visiting Devon to go to Greenway house (Agatha's summer home} and it seemed the perfect little extra treat.
The ticket for the show was £12 each, which I thought was very good value for what turned out to be a 2 hour show - split over 2 acts with a 20 minutes interval.
The theater itself is a bit dated, but that just adds to the charm of the place as it recreates a time gone by.
Old time music is piped in during breaks and even an ice cream cart wheeled out during the interview..... Nice touch.
All of the staff were very friendly and welcoming and there is a small bar area to meet and mingle before the show begins, doors opened at 7pm for the 7:30 show.
We were very impressed by the high standard of the play, given that there was no 'star' names involved and the entire troup were made up of amateurs.
I am sure Mrs Christie would have been happy with the Delivery of the performance and the way it was received, despite a few minor fluffs (which were handled with very well) the entire cast should be very happy with their performance.
A very enjoyable night out was had by the both of us and if the same gang are around next time we are visiting... We will be sure to see their next show.....

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