Torquay

Travel Guide
Torquay featuring a coastal town, night scenes and boating
This popular resort area is the heart of Devon’s English Riviera, known for its palm trees, limestone cliffs and clear blue waters. 

Torquay is comprised of rocky coastline dotted with beaches bordered by red cliffs. The town has a mild microclimate, with semitropical plants throughout its parks and gardens. Relax on sandy beaches, learn about the town’s interesting literary connections and enjoy lively concerts and evening theatrical productions.

Visit one of the town’s most famous attractions, 12th-century Torre Abbey. The abbey was transformed into a country home by the wealthy Cary family and now houses a museum and art gallery. Check out the impressive drawings by William Blake. Wander around the surrounding gardens, which include a special Potent Plant plot of species used to make poisons featured in author Agatha Christie’s crime novels.

The town’s quite popular main beach, Torre Abbey Sands, takes its name from the nearby abbey. Explore some of the 20 other beaches along the town’s 22 miles (35 kilometres) of coastline. Don’t miss tranquil Beacon Cove, said to be Agatha Christie’s favourite bathing spot.

Visit the mysterious Kents Cavern, a subterranean network of caves. Touted as the oldest recognizable human dwelling in Britain, the underground maze of rock galleries and chambers can be explored on a guided tour. Look for the bear-like skull of ursus deningeri embedded in the rock of the cave’s Water Gallery.

Be sure to visit Cockington, a charming village of thatched cottages just outside Torquay. Check out the village’s picturesque church as well as its archetypal English pub designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. On the outskirts of town is Cockington Court Craft Centre, a 17th-century manor where you can watch craftspeople at work. The manor is surrounded by a beautiful 460-acre (186-hectare) country park, where walking trails meander through lush fields and woods.

To reach Torquay, drive about 20 minutes from Newton Abbot. The town is well connected to cities throughout the U.K. by National Express coach. Alternatively, take the train with direct service from Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol or London.

Where to stay in Torquay

The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Seafront, Torquay, England, TQ2 6NT
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The price is RM234 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan
RM234
per night
29 Jan - 30 Jan
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Torquay. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,013 reviews)
"Parking included, nice bar area, friendly staff and good food 👍"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2023

The Grand Hotel
The Heritage Hotel
The Heritage Hotel
3 out of 5
The Heritage Hotel, Shedden Hill, Torquay, England, TQ2 5TY
The price is RM413 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
RM413
per night
1 Feb - 2 Feb
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Torquay. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (169 reviews)
Highly recommended
"Great location overlooking the sea. Helpful friendly staff and the room was well appointed, in good condition, warm and clean. Decent ensuite bathroom with a shower."

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2022

The Heritage Hotel
Yardley Manor Hotel
Yardley Manor Hotel
3 out of 5
Museum Road, Torquay, England, TQ1 1DW
The price is RM277 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
RM277
per night
30 Jan - 31 Jan
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Torquay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Torquay Museum and Riviera Life Church are located nearby. ...
4/5 Very Good! (314 reviews)
Lovely trip
"The hotel is a great location from the town. The staff were lovely and the room was very cosy. Unfortunately there isnt a lift which would have been helpful with the cases. But overall it is a great hotel."

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2022

Yardley Manor Hotel
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Trinity Mews
Trinity Mews
4 out of 5
Trinity Hill, Torquay, England, TQ1 2AS
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Torquay. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle and private gardens. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (49 reviews)
Lovley stay
"We travelled September and stayed at the No32 apartment - it's cute and also roomy for 2ppl. Everything looked true to the photos on the website. The place is clean and tidy with comfy bed. Check-in is very easy, the housekeeping manager was so helpful on our arriving when we need the most, thank ..."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2022

Trinity Mews
Chelston Dene Holiday Apartments
Chelston Dene Holiday Apartments
3 out of 5
Chelston Road, Torquay, England, TQ2 6PU
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Torquay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Popular attractions Corbyn Beach and Livermead Beach are located nearby. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (22 reviews)
"I stayed at this property from 4th to 6th Dec 2022 and loved every minute of it. The place is clean and the owners are really friendly. Can't fault anything about this place and would highly recommend it."

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2022

Chelston Dene Holiday Apartments
Appletorre House Holiday Flats
Appletorre House Holiday Flats
3 out of 5
20 Vansittart Road, Torquay, England, TQ2 5BW
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Torquay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Andrew and Riviera ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (35 reviews)
"Very comfortable apartment. Andrea thought of everything. Lovely apartment with all the necessary facilities and a comfortable bed. Brilliant place, couldn't fault it. Would definitely stay there again if we decide to go back to Torquay."

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2021

Appletorre House Holiday Flats
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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