Torquay is a traditional seaside resort with sandy beaches and family attractions. The town grew rapidly with the arrival of the Great Western Railway and many Victorian buildings remain. The area is known as the English Riviera. Torquay is pronounced 'Tor-key'. Torquay PlusBus tickets are valid within the Torbay area, including buses to Newton Abbot and Paignton.
TI 5 Vaughan Parade. Tel. 0844 474 2233.
If you plan to book a self-catering cottage in the countryside or a small village check the location carefully and remember to plan your grocery shopping.
Torre Abbey was founded as a monastery in 1196 and later adapted as a country house. It is now an art
gallery with Victorian paintings, including work by Holman Hunt and Burne-Jones. Monastic remains, historic
rooms, family chapel, mementoes of Agatha Christie. Gardens and parkland. Tearoom. Tel. 01803 293593.
Open Daily 1000-1700, last admission 1600.
An idyllic village, country park and craft centre. 460 acres of parkland, woodland and lakes.
Tearooms. Tel. 01803 607230.
A coastal zoo featuring penguins, auks, seals, puffins and sea ducks. Café.
Tel. 01803 202470.
Open Daily from 1000, closing time varies.