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Explore Torquay
We are in easy walking distance of Abbey Park situated opposite the seafront, it is laid out with attractive ponds, formal Italian Gardens, also on offer are pitch & putt, crazy golf, bowls, tennis courts and a cafe. Sitting behind it is Torre Abbey and Gardens benefiting from extensive restoration the historic Abbey is an interactive delight to view, with beautiful gardens, a fantastic palm house, and art exhibitions throughout the summer. Further around the bay near the harbour is Living Coasts Zoo and Aquarium here you can discover creatures above and below the waves in this coastal zoo, don’t miss feeding time on Penguin Beach or spend time watching the playful otters and seals. Just outside the town is Kents Cavern  one of the most important Stone Age cave sites in Europe, it’s open daily for guided tours with entertaining guides.


Admire the views from the Downs
On leaving Kents Cavern you are halfway to Babbacombe so continue on and spend some time relaxing on the grassy downs, or walk down to the pretty harbour and Oddicombe beach, don’t worry you won’t have to walk back up, Babbacombe Cliff Railway built in 1926, transports nearly 100,00 people each year up and down the cliffs. Another favourite is Babbacombe Model Village  a fantastic life-like model village nestled in 4 acres of manicured gardens with streams, lakes and waterfalls, don’t miss the 4D theatre. An indoor attraction in the area is Bygones where you can experience some nostalgia of times gone by!


Visit the most photographed Village in the UK
A lovely 30 minute walk from Gainsboro is Cockington Village, Craft Centre & Country Park  this quaint village has it all, thatched cottages, a rose garden, tea rooms and a pub, all set in 420 acres of parkland. Also horse & carriage rides, a Norman church, and craft centre which includes glass blowing and blacksmith. Just a couple of miles up the road is Occombe Farm an organic farm, where you can follow a nature trail, see farm animals, with various events all year round, the highlight being the annual Beer Festival and be sure to sample the goods in the farm shop and cafe.


Have a Family day out

Continue on to Paignton, with it’s long sandy beaches it’s an ideal day out. Visit Paignton Pier with the traditional amusements, and let the kids play in the new Geo-Play Park situated right on the seafront. Take a walk to the harbour, or on up to Roundham Gardens with it’s spectacular views down to Goodrington Beach. Catch a Steam Train for some old fashioned fun. A couple of miles out of town is Paignton Zoo here you will find more animals than anywhere else in the South West within six different habitats that mimic the animals’ natural environment, all contained in a fabulous wooded area. A whole day out for everyone!


Things to do

It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you are interested in you will find a huge variety of things to do and see in and around Torquay, whatever the weather!

Here is our guide to a few of our favourites, or use the search box to find out what’s on when you visit.

Take a Boat ride

From Torquay harbour you can venture out by sea on a boat trip, try your luck at fishing or seeing seals and dolphins on a wildlife cruise. Go further on a day trip to Dartmouth, or you can take a 30 minute boat ride across the Bay to Brixham.  In Brixham visit the Golden Hind a  full size replica which lets you experience shipboard life in Tudor England. You can go onto Berry Head a nature reserve in an outstanding location at the Southern tip of Tor Bay, great for bird watching, viewing the fortifications dating back to the iron age, coastal walks and fresh air! Or you can venture further on a day trip to Dartmouth, or simply go fishing in the bay!


Go wild on Dartmoor

Dartmoor is not just about the landscape; it's got ponies, tors, history and heritage. It is a place you can breathe and see rare birds and butterflies, Neolithic monuments and ancient woodland and farming on horseback. Dartmoor is also famed for picture postcard villages with thatched cottages and rambling lanes see Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Lustleigh or Moretonhampstead. For the more active the River Dart has some of the best canoeing in the country, you can experience the Dartmoor landscape from a horse, your bike, in a boat or on foot, with friends, on your own or with family in tow. Dartmoor spans over 368 square miles - what are you waiting for, you have a lot of exploring to do!