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Visitor information for Torquay in Devon

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If you’re looking for a great British seaside holiday with a modern twist, beautiful Torquay has it all: great beaches, exciting attractions, an excellent nightlife and those iconic palm trees that line the promenade. Torquay really is the ‘Best of British’ seaside resort offering a warm welcome to all the family.

But Torquay is about much more than just sun, sea and sand. The town falls within the UNESCO-supported English Riviera Global Geopark, a unique area where cavemen and prehistoric beasts once roamed. You can experience it close up at Kents Cavern, home to the oldest fragment of the modern human species ever found in Europe.

If you’re looking for some more modern history, take a walk down the Agatha Christie Mile and trace the famous author’s footsteps through her hometown of Torquay. There’s a new Agatha Christie Literary Trail and the legendary Agatha Christie Festival in September is not to be missed by fans of the Queen of Crime.

For an unforgettable visit for the entire family, check out Torquay’s Living Coasts coastal zoo, which features exciting indoor and outdoor exhibits including Penguin Beach, Fur Seal Cove and Octopus Odyssey. You can even get combined Living Coasts and Paignton Zoo tickets.

There’s a year-round calendar of events in Torquay, including the popular Torbay Royal Regatta with displays from the Red Arrows, and you can often catch top West End shows at the Princess Theatre. For fabulous views, ascend the illuminated staircase at Royal Terrace Gardens, or take a trip on the unique HiFlyer Balloon for a real bird’s eye view.

A stroll through the beautiful Princess Gardens towards Torre Abbey Sands and along the promenade will take you to Rock Walk with its spectacular illuminated staircase, which leads you to the new Geopark viewing platform. This has to be one of the best viewpoints across South Devon’s Beautiful Bay.

A mile from Torquay seafront you will find Cockington: often described as the ‘prettiest village in England,’ the world-famous thatched village has remained virtually untouched throughout the centuries. Cockington Court, a 17th century manor house surrounded by a beautiful country park, houses a number of craft studios where you can watch artists at work before enjoying a delicious cream tea.

Of course, Torquay is also renowned for its nightlife, and whether you fancy dinner with glittering views before an evening at the theatre, or a night on the tiles exploring the many bars and nightclubs, Torquay has it covered.

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