Torquay in south Devon is a popular holiday location
for many people, set along a beautiful coastline
which is renowned for its beaches. Torquay has a busy little port; you can admire the fabulous yachts moored in the marina. The waterfront area with its palm-lined promenades is the main focus of life in the resort the harbour is sheltered by the Princess Pier and the Haldon Pier.
Torre Abbe Sands are the towns main beach there is safe swimming and the waters are shallow, it makes a good family beach area, there are some water based activities available here to. There are several lovely beaches and coves along the coast which are within minutes of the town centre. The beaches do tend to get crowded in the main holiday season
You can look at the beautiful gardens
around the sea-front stop at a pavement café for some refreshments, just relax unwind and enjoy the views.
Nighttimes can be spent at one of the bars, pubs or restaurants in the town, there are some good traditional country pubs to be found in the surrounding area. There are night cruises leaving from the harbour which may interest you. The Princess Theatre on the sea-front hosts a variety of shows throughout the year.
You will find a good selection of High Street Shops to browse around some of the major brand names and in the shopping centre some small boutiques, plenty to keep you busy for awhile.
There are cliff-top coastal paths to explore or more leisurely strolls along the promenade. Torquay is where Agatha Christie was born in 1890 you may like to do the special walk – The Agatha Christie Trail. The Torquay Museum has some material associated with Agatha Christie but most of its collections are on local and natural history.
A popular tourist attraction is Kents Cavern an important Stone Age site which is approximately one mile from Torquay; here you will see some spectacular rock formations. Victorian excavations uncovered a quantity of significant archaeological remains of people and animals that used the caves thousands of years ago.
Another interesting attraction is Living Coasts a marine animal exhibit; you will see penguins, seals and various marine birds, there are underwater viewing areas and you can have a coffee at the waterside café. You will find this visitor attraction situated on Beacon Quay.
The Babbacombe Cliff Railway runs from Easter time through to September taking passengers to Oddicombe Beach.
There is plenty of accommodation in and around Torquay from hostels; guest houses hotels and B&B’s. The main railway station is situated just off Rathmore Road. You can get more detailed information from the Torquay Tourist Office on any of the items mentioned.