Based on the English Riviera, Torquay is a traditional, yet thriving seaside town that was named the trending UK holiday destination in 2021. The town is most famous for its beaches, which provide some of the best sea swimming, paddling and kayaking in England. The horseshoe-shaped Bay is perfect for watersports – from global sailing competitions to splashing about in the sea, and you will find the water warm, safe and shallow.
But that’s not all Torquay has to offer! You can also expect iconic palm trees, a busy harbour, an international marina, sandy beaches and a wonderful array of continental-style cafes, restaurants and cocktail bars: so the scene is set for the perfect Devon seaside holiday!
Family friendly holiday destination
Families can enjoy a wide range of unique attractions including one of Europe’s most important caves, an 800-year-old Abbey, a historic manor house and craft studios and for the more adventurous: plenty of walking tours! With its stunning natural beauty, it’s not hard to see why Torquay is part of the UNESCO-accredited Global Geopark – meaning that The English Riviera provides unique cultural, geological and historical importance to the world.
In fact, the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie was born in Torquay and spent much of her life there, even buying her holiday home, Greenway later in life. In September each year, Torquay comes alive with super-sleuths for the famous International Agatha Christie Festival. Plus there are plenty of connections to the Queen of Crime around Torquay. After a busy day exploring Torquay, why not head to the theatres for evening entertainment?
Food and drink in Torquay
A real foodie town, there are many restaurants and bars around town serving food from all over the world, but if you want to stay local there are some great eateries where you can enjoy some of the freshest seafood straight from England’s Seafood Coast!
There are over 500 accommodation providers, so whether you’re looking for a warm welcome at a B&B, your own space and stunning views with self-catering cottages, family-friendly holiday parks or all the facilities of a large hotel, you’re sure to find it here on South Devon’s beautiful bay!
So, what are you waiting for? Order your free Accommodation Directory and begin booking your holiday to Torquay today!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Which beaches in Torquay can I take my dog?
There are a number of dog friendly beaches in Torquay. Dogs are permitted year round on the following beaches: Anstey’s Cove, Torquay, Babbacombe Beach, Torquay, Beacon Cove, Torquay, Livermead Sands, Torquay, Maidencombe Beach, Torquay, Meadfoot Beach, Torquay (North eastern part) Peaked Tor Cove, Torquay. Find out more about Devon's dog friendly beaches and more here.Read More
Is there a map or guide of Torquay I can buy?
The English Riviera Centre in Torquay will have maps and guides available, alternatively, there are maps and guides available to view online via our maps and guides page.Read More
Are there boats running today?
There are boats running at various times a day from Torquay harbour. Full details are available here.Read More
What are the opening hours for the Tourist Information Centre?
The Tourist Information Centre in Torquay is open Monday - Sunday and Bank Holidays. It is the English Riviera Visitor Centre and so will be able to help you with trips across the region. At the time of publishing, the opening hours were 9.30am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, 10am - 2pm on a Sunday and 11am - 2pm on a Bank Holiday.
For the most up to date information, call them on 01803 211211.
See up to date information here
Can I use my bus pass while travelling around Torquay?
Yes, any concession passes displaying the 'English Rose' logo can be used after 9.30 am and before 11 pm Monday to Friday and anytime at weekends on buses across Torquay. Plan bus routes and find out more about travelling via bus here.Read More
Is Torquay beach good for swimming?
Yes, the majority of beaches in Torquay are good for swimming, Torre Abbey Sands and Cosy Corner are both very popular because the water is generally calm.Find out more about Torquay
Can I fly to Torquay?
Torquay's nearest airport is Exeter International Airport, which is around 40 minutes away from Torquay. There are several connections available including buses, taxis and trains.Plan your journey
Can I travel to Torquay by train?
Yes, Torquay's train station is on the main UK train network and can also connect you to other towns and villages across Devon.Plan your journey here
Is the beach at Torquay sandy?
Yes, Torquay has several beaches, including sandy and shingle beaches. One of the most popular beaches is Torre Abbey Sands, which has sand and is conveniently located.Find out more about Torquay here
Is there plenty of car parking in Torquay?
Yes, there are several car parks in Torquay, including long and short stay options, Blue Badge parking and electric vehicle parking and charging.
The following car parks can be found in Torquay:
Beacon Quay Car Park
Union Square Car Park
Harbour Car Park, Montpellier Rd
Sheddon Hill Car Park
Melville Street Car Park
Brunswick Square Car Park
Town Hall Car Park, Lymington Road
Shopper's Car Park, Lower Union lane
Meaadfort Road Car Park
Fleet Walk Car Park
Torre Valley Car Park, Walnut Road
Lower Union Lane Car Park
Abbey Car Park, Belgrave Road
Walls Hill Car Park
Torquay Station Car Park, Rathmore Road
Lymington Road Car Park
Meadfort Beach Car Park, Daddyhole Road
Hampton Avenue Car Park
Anstey's Cove Car Park
Princes Street Car Park
Watcobe Beach Road Car Park
St Marychurch Car Park, Babbadcombe Road
Chilcote Close Car Park
Kilmorie Car Park, Ilsham Road
Daddyhole Plain Car Park, Daddyhole Road