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A Day Out in Torquay

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Calendar iconPosted 23rd Mar 2023

You’ll need more than one day to really enjoy what Torquay has to offer. It’s got history, adventure, beaches, incredible food and, on top of all that, it’s one of the UK’s sunniest places. Victorians came here for their health, even before they knew that the sunshine’s vitamin D was a thing.

If it’s your first day out in Torquay, you can just turn up and see what’s going on. We recommend that you plan ahead, pick a few spots you’d like to visit and activities to experience. To help you plan we’ve put together this list of some of our favourites.

Kents Cavern

For thousands of years the caves of Kents Cavern have sheltered both animals and humans. It’s a treasure trove of historic artefacts, as well as being a geological wonder. Whether you want to see stalactites and stalagmites, learn about sabre tooth tigers, or just experience the mystery of life below ground, this makes for a fantastic experience.

Access to the cavern is by guided tour only, so be sure to check the times in advance.

Babbacombe Model Village

If you’re like us, you’re fascinated by seeing the world in miniature. Babbacombe Model Village isn’t really a village at all – it’s a tiny Britain, featuring many familiar landmarks from across the country and over time.

Visitors are amazed at the attention to detail, and amused by the humour that’s been built into so many of the models. The village is set in over four acres of immaculate gardens and there’s a crazy golf course to play before you leave.

Torquay Harbour

As you stroll around the south-facing harbour it’s easy to forget you’re in Devon, not on the coast of the Mediterranean. There are good reasons for Torquay being called the English Riviera or Monte Carlo.

It’s fascinating to watch the boats coming and going in the busy marina and there’s loads to see as you walk along one or other of the two harbour walls. Take time to enjoy the views across Torbay, towards Paignton and Brixham.

boat in torquay harbour

Photo by Chris Boland

Walking Tours of Torquay

Walking tours are a great way to explore the town, while being entertained with stories about the past. Every tour has a theme, such as Agatha Christie (born in Torquay), stories from the harbour, or Torbay in the wars.

Alternatively, you can explore Torquay and the coast on your own. It’s on the South West Coast Path, the well-signposted National Trail that goes around the entire south-west peninsula of England.

Cockington Country Park

The huge, 450-acre Cockington Country Park is a glorious blend of woodland, open country and well-ordered gardens. It includes three ornamental lakes, a manor house with craft studios, thatched cottages and even an ancient church.

Watch glass blowers and blacksmiths in action, enjoy a bite in one of the tearooms, and meander along the multitude of paths. There’s enough to entertain you for at least a day, probably longer. There are charges to park but entry is free.


The blue waters and mild climate make Torbay a fabulous place to enjoy watersports of all kinds. There’s something for all levels of experience, and for all levels of appetite for adventure.

Kayaking, paddleboarding, jet skis, rib rides and more are all available from various operators in the area. With so much water and sunshine available, it would be a shame not to make the most of it.

Top Torquay beaches

You can’t visit one of the sunniest corners of Britain without leaving footprints on at least one of the gorgeous Devon beaches. Here are three favourites near to Torquay.

Oddicombe beach

Start your beach day out with a trip down the Babbacombe Cliff railway, the funicular that has transported thousands down to this popular beach. This sandy beach has the distinction of holding the Blue Flag award for cleanliness for over 30 years.

You’ll find a beach shop, toilets and a cafe nearby.

Meadfoot beach

If rockpooling is your thing, or if you want a beach with spectacular views, this could be the one for you. It’s also popular for fishing and with watersports enthusiasts. Often referred to as a ‘hidden gem’, it’s a quieter beach. Mainly shingle, and there are facilities nearby.

Torre Abbey Sands

The Blue Flag winning main beach of Torquay slopes gently into the turquoise waters, making it very safe for swimming and ideal for families. It’s convenient for the town and facilities are nearby. Being so central it can get busy in the summer months.

Restaurants and cafes in Torquay

Thousands of families enjoy a day out in Torquay every year and they are hugely welcomed by the town’s cafes and restaurants. You’ll find virtually every form of eatery here, from tiny ice-cream parlours to fine dining, Michelin-starred restaurants.

Small World Tapas

Celebrate the Mediterranean feel of Torquay by experiencing Spanish-style tapas. They serve fantastic, imaginative food and are recognised for their exceptional level of service. It’s easy to miss, but once you’ve been, it’s impossible to forget (for all the right reasons).


A steakhouse that’s all about local produce, and takes pride in sourcing from local Devon producers. Of course, their location means they do a good line in seafood. Look out for their lunchtime deals on Friday and Saturday.

Weavers Cottage Tea Garden

Situated inside Cockington Country Park, the Weavers Cottage Tea Garden offers light lunches and cream teas, which are hugely popular with visitors. Particular favourites are the cheese scones, and they always have a tempting array of cakes on display.


Torquay is part of the English Riviera, which is packed with destinations that our guests come back to, year after year. Discover it for yourself by booking a holiday with us. You can do that today by calling 01803 843887 or booking online. We also have a fantastic range of holiday homes for sale at Beverley Holidays.



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