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Things to do in Torquay

Stylish and ever popular seaside resort at the heart of the English Riviera

Are you looking for things to do in Torquay? We've got plenty of great ideas for you and cool places to go in your leisure time.

Known for...   English Riviera, Fawlty Towers and Torbay


Did you know...

  • Torquay was the home of the writer Agatha Christie, who lived most of her life there. The town contains an "Agatha Christie Mile", a tour with plaques, dedicated to her life and work.
  • In October 2010, it was reported that Bristol-based artist Banksy had painted a mural on the wall of the Grosvenor Hotel in Belgrave Road. The mural shows a child drawing a robot, and uses the vent of an extractor fan as the head of the robot.
  • It was while staying in Torquay at the Gleneagles Hotel with the Monty Python team in 1971, that John Cleese found inspiration (and the setting although not the actual filming) for the popular sitcom Fawlty Towers (1975,1979).



 

  Attractions

Cockington Court

Unique visitor attraction set in 460-stunning acres offering a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages.
Cockington
TQ2 6XA

Recommended by Emily Joyce, Torquay

 

Paignton Pier

Iconic visitor attraction complete with soft play, crazy golf, fairground rides and much more.
Paignton
TQ4 6BW

Recommended by Malcolm Vasey, Torbay

 

Pirates Bay Adventure Golf

Experience the adventure of Pirates Bay - A landscaped 18 hole course situated on Paignton Seafront. It's great fun for all.
Esplanade Road
Paignton
Devon
TQ4 6AG

 

Babbacombe Model Village

One of Europe's premier model villages.
Hampton Avenue
Torquay
TQ1 3LA

01803315315

Recommended by Harvey Merchant, Exeter

 

Living Coasts

Coastal zoo and conservation centre.
Beacon Quay
Torbay
TQ1 2BG

08444743366

 

Kents Cavern

Breathtaking pre-historic cave system.
91 Ilsham Road
Torbay
TQ1 2JF

01803215136

 

The HiFlyer

Balloon rides over the English Riviera.
The Winch House
Torbay Road
TQ1 5DG

01803298550

 

Bygones Victorian Street

Fun and interactive museum that illustrates everyday life during the last two centuries.
Fore Street
TQ1 4PR

Recommended by Ben Atkins, York

 
 

  Children's Activities

Rainbow Funhouse

We welcome all parents and invite them to join in, but as you can't keep up with the young ones all the time, relax in our cafe.
Torwood Gardens Road
Torquay
TQ1 1EQ

01803296926

 
 

  Museums

Bygones Victorian Museum

Privately-run museum illustrates everyday life during the last two centuries.
Fore Street
St Marychurch
Torquay
TQ1 4PR

 
 

  Parks

Abbey Park FREE

Situated on Torquay Seafront, the park has an attractive pond and water rock garden. The ruins of the old Abbey are still evident.
Torquay Seafront
Torquay
Devon
TQ2 5HP

 

Princess Gardens FREE

Princess Gardens, situated on the central sea front, is an exotic place of palms, wonderful flower beds and lawns.
Torbay Road
Torquay
TQ2 5JG

 

Corbyn Head FREE

Local folklore has it, the name Corbyn, is named after Samuel Corbyn who was hanged there as a result of his Piracy.
Torquay
TQ2 6NT

 

King's Gardens FREE

King's Gardens are adjacent to Abbey Gardens and are popular with children largely for the model-boating pond.
Torbay Road
Torquay
TQ2 5EY

 

Armada Park FREE

Armada Park was named after the Spanish Armada in 1500’s.
Nut Bush Lane
Chelston, Torquay
Devon
TQ2 6SD

 

Torre Abbey Gardens FREE

A new medieval children’s garden is garden within a garden and has been lovingly created to entice people, of all ages.
The Kings Drive
Torquay
Devon
TQ2 5JE

 

Cockington Country Park FREE

The park features organic gardens, rose gardens, play area, lakes, water meadows, woodland, farmland, orchards and paths.
Cockington Country Park
TQ2 6XA

 

Torwood Gardens FREE

Torwood Gardens is situated just out of Torquay Town Centre on Babbacombe Road.
Torwood Gardens Road
Torquay
TQ1 1AH

 

Cary Park FREE

The public areas are the open space, the bowling green, tennis courts and children’s playground.
Cary Avenue
Torquay
TQ1 3QT

 

Upton Park FREE

The park has facilities for the playing of bowls and a children's playground.
Lymington Road
Torquay
TQ1 4AF

 

Sherwell Park FREE

The main focal point is a stream which runs through the centre of the park.
Mallock Road
Torquay
TQ2 6AD

 

Tessier Gardens FREE

Tessier Gardens are a small and delightful park situated between Babbacombe and St. Marychurch.
Lindridge Road
Babbacombe
Torquay
TQ1 3SE

 

Babbacombe Downs FREE

Situated approximately 300 feet above sea level, overlooking Babbacombe Bay and Lyme Bay.
Babbacombe Road
Torquay
TQ1 3LE

 

Kitson Park FREE

Kitson Park was previously was part of the gardens to Shiphay Manor.
Cadewell Lane
Shiphay
Torquay
TQ2 7HP

 

Lindisfarne Way FREE

Exciting plans for a large play area at Lindisfarne Way, The Willows have been unveiled by Torbay Council.
Torquay
TQ2 7BG

 

Victoria Park FREE

As well as grassed areas, its play equipment includes a large dome climbing frame, swings and basket swing, mini football pitch.
Sherwell Valley Road
Chelston
Torquay
TQ2 6EJ

 

Ellacombe Park FREE

Although you would never know it, the park was built on a rubbish tip.
Ellacombe Road
Torquay
TQ1 3AT

 
 

  Beaches

Torre Abbey Sands FREE

Torquay's finest beach.
The King's Drive
Torbay
TQ2 5JE

01803293593

 

Beacon Cove FREE

This small pebbled cove adjacent to the harbour and close to the town centre provides some respite from the bustle of a busy resort.
Torquay
TQ1 2DG

 
 

  Bowling

AMF Ten Pin Bowling

Ten-pin bowling centre.
Torwood Street
Torbay
TQ1 1DZ

08701183034‎

 
 

  Cinema

Vue Cinema Torbay

Multi-screen cinema.
The Esplanade
Paignton
TQ4 6AG

03453084620

 

Merlin Cinema

Multi-Screen Cinema.
29 Abbey Road
Torbay
TQ2 5NQ

01803380001

 
 

  Theatre

Princess Theatre

Torquay's premier theatre.
Torbay Road
Torbay
TQ2 5EZ

08448472315

 

Riviera Centre

Sport and leisure centre with extensive facilities.
Chestnut Avenue
Torquay
TQ2 5LZ

01803299992

 

Babbacombe Theatre

One of the most popular Theatres in the South West.
Babbacombe Downs
Torquay
Devon
TQ1 3LU

01803328385

Recommended by Sharon Waring, Paignton
“Great theatre on the beautiful Babbacombe Downs with stunning variety shows for all the family to enjoy!”

 
 

  Golf

Torquay Golf Club

Torquay Golf Club is a delightful parkland course with stunning views over Lyme Bay to the east and Dartmoor to the west.
Petitor Road
St Marychurch
Torquay
Devon
TQ1 4QF

 
 

  Leisure centres

Winners 2000

Gym and fitness centre.
168-174 Teignmouth Road
Torbay
TQ1 4RY

01803327561

 

Aztec Gym

Perfect environment for working out.
Bute Court Garages
Chestnut Avenue
TQ2 5JS

01803400500

 
 

  Water sports

Waves Leisure Pool

Indoor tropical waterworld.
Chestnut Avenue
Torquay
TQ2 5LZ

Recommended by John Graham, Torquay

 

Torbay Sea School

Powerboat, motorboat and sailing courses.
The Harbour
Paignton
TQ4 6DT

01803665556

 
 

  Sport

Torquay Alpine Ski Club

Outdoor ski and snowboard centre that caters for all ages and abilities.
Barton Hall
Kingkerswell Road
TQ2 8JY

Recommended by Dale Darby, Bournemouth

 

Torquay Bowling Club

Bowls club.
Belgrave Road
Torbay
TQ2 5HP

01803292100

 

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