Places to visit
Things to do
Founded in 1196, Torre Abbey tells the story of 800 years of history, from life in a medieval monastery, through its dissolution by Henry VIII, the Spanish Armada, the Napoleonic Wars, and Georgian family life – to its present incarnation as a museum, art gallery and Ancient Scheduled Monument.
Over 4 floors, you will find stunning heritage rooms, art exhibitions, interactive displays, videos and games to bring history to life. With over 600 works from the 18th century to the present day, Torre Abbey’s art collection includes Pre-Raphaelite works by Holman Hunt and Burne-Jones, watercolours by Thomas Luny and F J Widgery and a rare proof set of William Blake’s ‘Book of Job’.
Cockington Court A craft centre with a difference
Cockington Court is one of Torbay's favourite destinations, combining history with present day through a thriving craft centre and a popular programme of events. The site enjoys a growing reputation as a regional centre for quality arts and crafts.
Set in an award-winning country park a mile away from the seafront, Cockington Court is an historic manor house with over twenty craft studios, tea rooms, walled art garden, tudor rose garden, contemporary art gallery and a popular children’s play area.
Cockington Village and Country park ... one of Torbay’s most popular visitor destinations.
Cockington is a picture postcard village that dates back to the Domesday Book.
With its characteristic thatched roofs and cider orchards it has always been one of Torbay’s most popular visitor destinations.
The village centre has quaint shops and tearooms to explore and is accessible by bus, car or walking from the seafront.
The award winning Cockington Country Park is the green lung that separates Torquay and Paignton with 450 acres of parkland, woodland and ornamental gardens.
Babbacombe Theatre The number 1 theatre in Devon on TripAdvisor..
Situated on the English Riviera's beautiful Babbacombe Downs in Torquay, South Devon. Arguably Babbacombe Theatre is one of the most popular Theatres in the South West.
Colin Matthews has produced the highly acclaimed variety shows, whilst often showcasing the very best of rising new talent since 1986. His shows are renowned throughout the industry and across the country. As one of the South West's only unsubsidised theatres, the thriving venue promises to ensure that the 2016 season will continue to offer the best programme of entertainment throughout the year, with something to suit all genres.
KENTS CAVERN Prehistoric Caves - Unesco Global Geopark
Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe and one of Britain's best showcaves! On your visit you'll go back to a time when the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping tools and hunting Ice Age animals. As you walk through the extensive labyrinth of caverns, you'll be surrounded by 400 million year old rocks and spectacular stalagmites and stalactites.
Living Coast Coastal Zoo and Aquarium
Living Coasts, an all weather attraction, located on Torquay seafront in South Devon, where there’s plenty to see and do: mingle with the playful penguins, get up close to the otters, octopus and seals, and much more. Visit Penguin Beach to walk with the African and macaroni penguins and catch our entertaining feeding time talks.
Below the decks the fun doesn't stop. With more fascinating habitats and creatures, there are games, activities and panoramic underwater viewing areas for our stunning species..
English Riviera Geopark UNESCO Global Geopark
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.
In September 2007 the English Riviera received international recognition for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage, it became one of just 57 areas around the world to endorsed by UNESCO and welcomed into both the European and Global Geopark Networks
Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust Berry Head Nature Reserve, Cockington Country Park, Occombe Farm and various woodlands, cliffs and coastal walks
We are a local, independent charity that safeguards over 1750 beautiful acres of green space across Torbay.
The Trust exists because Torbay has an outstanding natural environment and heritage that needs special care and attention. We are the stewards of the most important natural places in the Bay – including Berry Head Nature Reserve, Cockington Country Park, Occombe Farm and various woodlands, cliffs and coastal walks. Many of these special places form part of the English Riviera Unesco Global Geopark.
Western Lady Ferry .. service between Brixham & Torquay
"Western Lady" have been operating a fine ferry service between Brixham & Torquay for over 65 years.
The 35 minute ferry ride across the Bay to Brixham and returning to Torquay is a stress-free delightful way to view Torbay from the sea, especially when the sun is shining!
Now under the proud umbrella of Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company you can be assured of receiving the best service at the best price for your ferry across The Bay.
THE DARTMOUTH STEAM RAILWAY & RIVER BOAT COMPANY Extensive ranges of sightseeing tours across South Devon by Steam Train, Boat Trips, Paddle Steamer and Buses make for a great Day Out in Devon
Trips from Torquay - Round Robin, The Sea Train, Dartmouth Day Cruise, No 100 Bus Service & Western Lady Ferry.
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!
Greenway house and garden 'the loveliest place in the world'
Greenway has a relaxed atmosphere while the sun is shining, and it's easy to imagine how Agatha Christie and her family spent their holidays here. But occasionally, on days where the mist rolls in from the river, the hairs on the backs of people's neck stand on edge. Did this uneasy atmosphere ever influenced Christie's writing? We'll never know, but we do know just how much Greenway inspired her story 'Dead Man's Folly.'