Situated within the stunning, rolling hills of South Devon, Torbay’s geology has created the beautiful coastline of today, which fundamentally links the rich diversity of landscape with wildlife, people and culture.
Combining the three towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham the sheltered southeast facing bay became a Victorian seaside resort of great style and refinement and acquired the name of the “English Riviera”.
Enjoy a gentle stroll along Torquay seafront which is only a few minutes walk away, 350m.
Take in the view from the end of the pier across the bay to Berry Head, a National Nature Reserve. Wander around the harbour and shopping area then sample the delights of the many varied restaurants around the vicinity.
The olde worlde village of Cockington is just a short walk along charming Devon lanes. Meander by the thatched cottages & watch the blacksmith at work.
Enjoy a traditional cream tea at Cockington Court a 17th century manor house and explore the Norman church. Visit the Craft Studios and buy quality goods direct from the maker e.g. cards and watercolours, glassware, textile art, pottery and jewellery.
Wander through the 450 acres of garden and woodland, amble along the paths to the woodman's cottage and the lakes or take a leisurely ride in a horse drawn carriage.
English Riviera Global Geopark
A landscape untouched by glaciations, revealing stories unseen elsewhere in the world.
Stories of tropical seas and scorching deserts, raised beaches and drowned forests, hippopotami and mammoth, straight-tusked elephant and sabre-toothed tiger, cave bear and earliest man.
The international importance of Torbay’s geology is undeniable, 32 geosites covering a story of 3 geological time periods, all found within a compact area.
Discover & explore the fantastic geology of Torbay. Altogether there are over 100 miles of beautiful footpaths to enjoy around the Riviera area.
A footpath runs along all of our 22 miles of coastline and is clearly signposted as part of the South West Coast Path.
Where can you take a step into the Stone Age, walk with penguins, journey on a steam train, try your skill at windsurfing, enjoy a cream tea overlooking miles of stunning coastline or just chill out on the beach?
Whether you prefer a quiet, relaxing break or something more adventurous, the English Riviera has something to offer you.
Bike rental, bowling, fishing, golf, gym, hiking, horse-back riding, jogging, miniature golf, open-air pool, sailing, scuba diving, surfing, swimming, tennis, water park, water sports, windsurfing.
The Riviera Centre with its indoor waves leisure pool, restaurants & seasonal show overlooks Torre Abbey gardens which has crazy golf, putting & bowling greens & for the more energetic, tennis courts. The Princess Theatre, which hosts a variety of shows, is only a short stroll along the seafront.
Other attractions locally include Living Coasts, Torre Abbey, Bygones, Torquay Museum, Babbacombe Model Village, Kents Cavern, Paignton Zoo, Agatha Christie Mile, Oldway Mansion, Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, Quaywest Water Park, & the Seashore Centre Goodrington.
Many more attractions are within easy reach by car or bus: - Dartmoor National Park, Eden Project, and the cities of Plymouth & Exeter
International Comedy Film Festival 25th - 28th September 2008. The first ever International Comedy Film Festival in Torquay, on the south west coast of England. The inaugural week-long event will take place in an area affectionately dubbed the "English Riviera" and in many ways the spiritual birthplace of classic British comedy.
Halloween and Bonfires special events :
Kents Cavern Halloween ghost show and Ghouls' Banquet. Scary fun in the caves over October