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Torquay
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.

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Kents Cavern
Kents Cavern
Owner description: 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... more Owner description: 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. less
Attraction type: Parks; Caverns & Caves
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Babbacombe Model Village
Babbacombe Model Village
Owner description: 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... more Owner description: 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. less
Attraction type: Amusement & Theme Parks
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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens
Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens
Owner description: Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some epic moments of history. It is one of the best buildings in the country to tell... more Owner description: Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some epic moments of history. It is one of the best buildings in the country to tell the story of 800 years of Catholicism between 1196 and 1930. This museum uses a clever mix of authentic artefacts with hi-tech interpretation. From talking portraits and statues to interactive displays and one of the largest fine art collections in the South West, there really is something for everyone. Follow the garden trails or pick up a family guide or Experts' Choice to discover many hidden mysteries. With a wealth of exotic plants, the gardens are a tranquil haven of beauty and pleasure and the perfect setting in which to relax, stroll or picnic. Children can explore the garden and bring the Abbey to life using our special discovery backpacks. Browse our shop stocked with a range of souvenirs, gifts and books or sit down and enjoy a selection of drinks, snacks and light meals in the tearooms. The house, Spanish Barn and Palm House are licensed for civil weddings, partnership ceremonies and christenings. Torre Abbey can also cater for functions, corporate hospitality or training events. A varied programme of events takes place at Torre Abbey throughout the year. Tours of the house are available out of hours to groups of 30 or more. Following the recent restoration project, the Abbey now boasts a new educational suite which provides opportunities for students of all ages to get involved and explore the Abbey's history. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Art Museums; Points of Interest & Landmarks; History Museums; Architectural Buildings
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Western Lady Ferry Service
Western Lady Ferry Service
Attraction type: Sightseeing Tours; Ferries; Boat Tours
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Cockington Country Park
Cockington Country Park
Owner description: 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... more Owner description: 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. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Old Vienna Restaurant
Old Vienna Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 279 Restaurants in Torquay
Cuisines: Austrian
Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Green Leaf Cafe Torquay
Green Leaf Cafe Torquay
Ranked #2 of 279 Restaurants in Torquay
Cuisines: English
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Meat59
Meat59
Ranked #3 of 279 Restaurants in Torquay
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Orange Tree Restaurant
Orange Tree Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 279 Restaurants in Torquay
Price: USD 23 - 62
Cuisines: European, British
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Memories Bistro
Memories Bistro
Ranked #5 of 279 Restaurants in Torquay
Price: USD 16 - 35
Cuisines: British
Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

The Beulah Holiday Apartments
3.0 of 5
The Beulah Holiday Apartments
USD 56 - 147 (GBP 36 - 95)
The Coppice
4.0 of 5
The Coppice
USD 46 - 85 (GBP 30 - 55)
Ranked #17 of 94 Hotels in Torquay
Walnut Lodge
4.0 of 5
Walnut Lodge
USD 33 - 42 (EUR 30 - 38)
Ranked #68 of 154 Torquay B&B and Inns

All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Abbeyfield Hotel
4.0 of 5
Abbeyfield Hotel
USD 96 - 128 (GBP 62 - 83)
Ranked #3 of 94 Hotels in Torquay
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Riviera Lodge Hotel Torquay
3.5 of 5
Riviera Lodge Hotel Torquay
USD 116 - 213
Ranked #6 of 94 Hotels in Torquay
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Crimdon Dene Hotel
4.0 of 5
Crimdon Dene Hotel
USD 101 - 116
Ranked #7 of 94 Hotels in Torquay
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

The Somerville
5.0 of 5
The Somerville
USD 122 - 195 (GBP 79 - 126)
Ranked #1 of 154 Torquay B&B and Inns
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The Elmdene
5.0 of 5
The Elmdene
USD 115 - 146 (GBP 74 - 94)
Ranked #2 of 154 Torquay B&B and Inns
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The Charterhouse
4.0 of 5
The Charterhouse
USD 103 - 168
Ranked #4 of 154 Torquay B&B and Inns
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