Torquay is the perfect place to come for a relaxing family holiday by the seaside, romantic escape for two or adrenaline-fuelled activity holiday, and there are plenty of things to do that will keep everyone happy! Whether you’re shopping for souvenirs to take home or keeping active with a walk on the South West Coastal Path, you’ll find activities for all ages on the English Riviera, South Devon’s Beautiful Bay. To give you a quick impression we highlight just a few of the many attractions.
The English Riviera is a very special area, and we have plenty of attractions that celebrate the uniqueness of our ancient landscape and coastline. Find out about the wildlife of this region with our Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust attractions at Berry Head and the Seashore Centre, or get up close and personal with the coast by trying your hand at coasteering, kayaking or diving. Sailors are well catered for with our expansive marina, while landlubbers can do their own exploring on a vintage bus tour or aboard a steam train. There are also numerous sightseeing boat trips and ferries crossing the bay.
Just a few miles from Torquay is the stunning village of Cockington. If you’re looking for a picturesque English village then this is it! Thatched cottages line the village green, while at Cockington Court Craft Centre you can watch some of the country’s finest craftsmen and women at work and then pick up a gorgeous gift to remember your visit by. This elegant stately home is surrounded by a stunning country park, while the village is warm and welcoming with some delicious, fresh-cooked meals available at the local pub!
The recently refurbished Torre Abbey has been a centre for religious study for over 800 years, and welcomes visitors looking for a little peace and solitude. Come and find out about life as a monk in the medieval ages through a great interactive display of talking plates and statues, or just wander around the tranquil gardens.
No trip to Torquay is complete without a visit to on of our more unusual attractions; Kents Cavern. This is a spectacular subterranean labyrinth of caves which is one of the leading prehistoric caves in Europe. Kids will love meeting Cavog the Caveman, whilst everyone else will enjoy the slightly spooky atmosphere and entertaining guided tours. Why not treat yourself to a tempting Devon Cream Tea in the café afterwards?
You can take a ferry trip to the pretty fishing town of Brixham with it’s colourful houses above the quay where a full sized replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind sits majestically in the water, waiting for its many daily visitors to walk the plank! A true maritime town, Brixham has a rich heritage, lots of boats and oodles of character. Soak up the atmosphere with a drink or ice cream on The Quay, or take a gentle, level stroll out to to the marina and take in the far reaching views of Torbay and the coast.
The Eden Project offers a fabulous and unique experience in the South West, popular with visitors of all ages. Set in a huge crater, you can walk through massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity. The project is an educational charity, exploring the living world and how everyone can work towards a better future. There are amazing plants, exhibitions and contemporary gardens, as well as a regular programme of events and concerts. Lots of visitors return for new exhibitions and explorations year on year. Money raised supports projects and learning programmes.
Based on the glorious South Devon coastline in South West England, enjoy your days out in Devon on our steam trains, boat trips and paddle steamer – the only attraction in Devon that lets you enjoy the delights of Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and the River Dart, Kingswear and Totnes on your day out! Explore this website to find out what makes us the Devon attraction with a difference.
The South West Coastal Path covers a total of 630 miles of fantastic and ever changing coastline and is the longest National Trail in the UK. With wonderful wildlife, heritage and geology, and of course, breathtaking scenery you can walk a few sections at any pace that suits you, over a week or a few days. Here at the Harmony we can arrange for your bags to be taken on to your next accommodation, or pick up/drop you off at either of the Torquay stations if this is your start or end point.
Feel like a giant at the model village as you explore 4 acres of award-winning gardens showcasing hundreds of model scenes, vehicles & people. A miniature world that captures the imagination of all ages! Sound & animation, along with some very British humour, all help to bring this world to life. Lots of hidden secrets and characters are waiting to be found. Come and explore, take your time, and see what you can discover!
We excel at maritime events on the English Riviera. The region has a rich nautical history, and the sea is still a hugely important part of life here. Alongside tales of pirates, smuggling and naval battles, the historic harbours of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham have grown into modern marinas, offering a range of exhilarating watersports, activities and tours for visitors of all ages.