Torquay travel guide

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You're Going to Love Torquay

The hub of the English Riviera, Torquay is a charming seaside resort that has a surprisingly warm climate. With the beauty of Dartmoor and the Devon coast to explore and plenty to see in the town itself, Torquay is a delight.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Torquay

1. The Wonderful Beaches and Balmy Climate

South-west England enjoys warm summer weather, and Torquay is blessed with some superb beaches, from Torre Abbey on the town's seafront to tucked-away Babbacombe Bay.

2. Excellent Family Attractions

It's hard to be bored in Torquay, with family attractions like Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village and Woodlands Family Theme Park not far away.

3. A Thriving Foodie Scene

Torquay is a food lovers destination, with country pubs and sophisticated seafront eateries all offering fine seafood and traditional English dishes.

4. The Beauty of Dartmoor is a Short Drive Away

Dartmoor is both a setting for Agatha Christie novels and a stunning, romantic landscape. See beauty spots like Spitchwick and Haytor, and be back in Torquay for dinner.

5. Historic Sights and Gorgeous Gardens

Torquay has a rich history and some fabulous historical attractions. Don't miss the gardens at Torre Abbey, the excellent Torquay Museum and the manor house at Cockington Country Park.

Where to Eat in Torquay

Torquay is on the up as a gourmet destination. Excellent restaurants include Italian option Biancos, French food at Le Bistrot Pierre and traditional English pubs like the Cary Arms. There's also great fish and chips at Rockfish. Expect sit down meals to cost between £15 and £30 per head.

When to visit Torquay

Torquay in February
Estimated hotel price
$107
1 night at 3-star hotel
Torquay in February
Estimated hotel price
$107
1 night at 3-star hotel

Torquay has a relatively long summer season (for the UK) and you can expect fine weather from around late May through to mid-September. June is a good time to go thanks to the Babbacombe Festival, while September sees the Agatha Christie festival - it's really a must-visit event for crime fans.

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How to Get to Torquay

Plane

Exeter and Bristol airports are not far away. From Exeter, take the 56 bus (£6, around 1 hour) or take a cab for around £60. Expect taxis from Bristol to cost around £100.

Train

Great Western Railway runs regular services into Torquay's main station, with plenty of daily connections to London (£50, around 3 hours).

Car

If you are driving from London, take the M4 to Bristol, then the M5 towards Exeter. From there, take the A380 southbound to Torquay.

Bus

National Express and Megabus run daily bus services from London Victoria to Torquay, which take just under 6 hours and cost around £30.

Airports near Torquay

Airlines serving Torquay

Lufthansa
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KLM
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Delta
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Air France
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British Airways
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Iberia
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Ryanair
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Vueling
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ITA Airways
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Etihad Airways
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easyJet
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Aer Lingus
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Eurowings
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GOL
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Wizz Air
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Virgin Atlantic
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Kenya Airways
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Jet2
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Wizz Air UK
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Where to stay in Torquay

Torquay has plenty of accommodation highlights, including the dazzling Somerville, the seafront Grand Hotel and cosy B&Bs like the Victorian Westbank.

Popular neighbourhoods in Torquay

Victoria Parade - Torquay's seafront Victoria Parade snakes around the harbor and is home to many hotels with beautiful sea views (as well as family attractions like Dinosaur World).

Babbacombe - Just north of Torquay, Babbacombe is a lovely coastal resort with a thriving cultural scene and some stunning beaches.

Torre - North of central Torquay, Torre boasts an ancient abbey, its own train station and excellent gastro-pubs like the Bull and Bush, which has its own microbrewery.

Most popular hotel in Torquay by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Torquay

Most booked hotels in Torquay

Hotel Gotham
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
$283+
Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$377+
Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$181+
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Manchester - Piccadilly
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$161+
Hilton Manchester Deansgate
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
$229+
ibis Styles Manchester Portland
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
$76+
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How to Get Around Torquay

Public Transportation

Stagecoach provides a reliable local bus service which will get you to Paignton and Babbacombe with ease. Dayrider tickets provide travel all day for £4.90.

Taxi

Expect taxis in the Torquay area to cost around £6 per mile, although Uber is a cheaper alternative that may be worth looking into.

Car

Local car rental options include Thrifty and Budget, with rates starting at around £25 per day.

Car hire agencies in Torquay

The Cost of Living in Torquay

Shopping Streets

The harbor is the place to go for small shops and chains, with malls like Fleet Walk offering a mixture of both. The Pavilion Shopping Center is another seafront shopping venue that is well worth a visit.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Torquay include chains like Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose. Expect to pay around £3 for a gallon of milk.