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Torbay Attractions

There are three main towns around the bay: Torquay in the north, Paignton in the centre, and Brixham in the south. Renowned for its healthful climate, the bay earned the nickname of the English Riviera.

Tor Bay itself is a fine natural harbour and home to a host of maritime events all year round, and due to the mild climate Torbay Palm trees are a common sight along the coast.

Torbay has lots of attractions for all the family, lots to see and do, like, Living Coasts, Kents Caven, Compton Castle, Oldway Mansion, The Golden Hind, Riviera Centre, Pirate Golf, Occombe Farm, Paignton Pier, Babbacome Model Village, Torre Abbey, Greenway, Cockington Village, Bygones, Dinosaur World and many more....

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Living Coasts

Living Coasts
Living Coasts , Torquay's Coastal Zoo, is a unique, world class aquatic visitor attraction, focusing on the conservation of coastal and marine life around the globe. It has been developed by Paignton Zoo, with financial support from the South West Regional Development Agency and the European Regional Development fund.
Living Coasts is situated right on Torquay's harbourside and is easy to find - just look out for the big net!

Kents Caven

Visit Kents Cavern
Kents Cavern is one of the most important Palaeolithic caves in Northern Europe and the oldest recognisable human dwelling in Britain. It holds beautiful and spectacular geological formations and significant prehistoric finds, some over 700,000 years old. The area comprising modern Torquay has been inhabited since paleolithic times. Hand axes found in Kents Cavern date to 450,000 years ago.
Kents Cavern is situated in the heart of Torquay on the beautiful south coast of Devon.

Torbay Theatres & Cinemas

Torbay Theatre
Torbay Theatres & Cinemas. See what´s showing at the Babbacombe Theatre, Princess Theatre & The Little Theatre in Torquay and in Paignton; The Palace Theatre & Apollo Cinema.

Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World
Dinosaur World. Torquay´s Dinosaur World is an exciting indoor exhibition that brings dinosaurs and their worlds to life! You´ll see amazing life-size and scaled dinosaurs each detailed with up to date information so you can learn about these amazing creatures: Can you imagine what life was like when these monsters roamed the earth?

Will you get up close and personal with a Triceratops and touch its horns, creep past the enormous Parasaurolophus, touch the giant hairy spiders or brave the scary Jurassic Park scene?

Have you ever wanted to be a Palaeontologist? Why not have a practice in one of our excavation sites! Carefully brush through desert sand and discover a whole host of fossilised teeth, claws and bones! What will you find?

Have you ever wanted to be a Dinosaur Expert? Take part in our fun family quiz to explore the exhibition for the answers and we´ll give you a special Dinosaur Expert Certificate!

And don´t forget for those who are brave enough you could sit on a deadly dinosaur, or even put your head in the jaw of one of these fearsome creatures!

Whether you have little dinosaur fans, or even big ones, there´s something for everyone to get their teeth into!

Compton Castle

Compton Castle
Compton Castle is a fortified manor house nestled in a valley in Marldon, Paignton, about five miles west of Torquay, Devon, England. Compton Castle has been a National Trust property since 1951. Built in three periods (1340, 1450 and 1520), Compton Castle has been home to the Gilbert family for most of the intervening period. Members of the Gilbert family still occupy the castle, and administer it for the National Trust. Among the most famous inhabitants one finds Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1539 to 1583), coloniser of Newfoundland and half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh; legend has it that Sir Walter smoked the first pipe of tobacco in Britain while visiting Sir Humphrey. The grounds are noted for a rose and knot garden. In fact, the lush gardens of trees, flowers, rare shrubs, and thick tall grass bring thousands of tourists during the spring and autumn.

Oldway Mansion

Oldway Mansion in Paignton
Oldway Mansion and its grounds can be visited free of charge by members of the public, and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Torbay. The mansion has a small museum with exhibits that are linked to the building's history, including antique Singer sewing machines. Oldway Mansion is a Grade II listed building.

The Golden Hind

The Golden Hind
The Golden Hind captained by Sir Francis Drake undertook one of the most historic and exciting voyages of all time. Between 1577 and 1580 the Golden Hind circumnavigated the world making vital discoveries before returning home with amazing treasures. This ship now offers an amazing insight into life onboard a 16th century sailing ship and is based in Brixham, Devon the area where Sir Francis Drake lived and worked.

Torbay Lifeboat

Torbay Lifeboat
Torbay Lifeboat. Welcome to the Torbay Lifeboat Station Web Site. The site, which is maintained by lifeboat station personnel and as such is not an official RNLI Web Site, includes both history and indicative operational information of the service provided to those who spend time along the South Devon Coastline from Teignmouth to Start Point and 50 miles out into the English Channel

Riviera International Centre

Waves Leisure Pool
Riviera Centre Leisure Pool ~ No matter what the weather our pool offers great fun for all the family! With wave machine, flume, water activity centre, sloping access and heated to a lovely 30 degrees the pool is warm & welcoming!

Pirate Golf

Pirate golf on Paignton green
Pirate Golf an 18 hole pirate themed adventure golf course on Paignton Green next to the beach, full of fun and adventure for adults and children alike. Rather than the traditional UK style crazy golf, look out for our holes where you´re putting over the water, or our island green, watch out for the pirates, the marooned shipwreck and many other pirate themed elements.

English Riviera Geopark Website

English Riviera Geopark
English Riviera Geopark welcomes you to a landscape of dramatic changes, of exploration and discovery. A landscape untouched by glaciation, revealing stories unseen elsewhere in the world. Stories of tropical seas and scorching deserts, raised beaches and drowned forests, hippopotami and mammoth, straight-tusked elephant and sabre-toothed tiger, cave bear and earliest man. The international importance of Torbay´s geology is undeniable, 32 geosites covering a story of 3 geological time periods, all found within a compact area. We hope you enjoy visiting us.

Occombe Farm Paignton

Occombe Farm Paignton
Occombe Farm Paignton is an organic farm on the edge of Paignton, open to the public and entry is free. It has a 2Km easy-access nature trail, education centre and award-winning farm shop and cafe. Nowhere else in the reigion can you get this close to local wildlife, experience the day-to-day workings of an organic open farm and sample authentic Devon food and drink. All profits from Occombe Farm go towards the conservation work of Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust.

Paignton Pier

Occombe Farm Paignton
Paignton Pier Paignton Pier first opened to the public in 1879 and has seen many changes over the years. Set at the centre of one of Torbay's best beaches, within an easy level walk to the town centre, station and buses, the Pier has plenty of parking nearby, many attractions on the open deck and inside, plus magnificent views of Torbay.

Babbacombe Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village
Babbacombe Model Village. Take time out from the hustle and bustle of every day life and feel on top of the world as you see it recreated in miniature. Thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles capture the essence of England´s past, present and future. It's not just the humour, nor the animation - it has a life of its own. Come and see for yourself!

Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey
Torre Abbey is the oldest building in Torquay. It has a story spanning 800 years and was once the most important Abbey of its kind in England, the brothers who lived here then were known as the White Canons. Following a massive three-year restoration project visitors can now explore the most ancient and hallowed parts of the building where some stunning finds have been unearthed.
Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some epic moments of history. But through all that, the one thing that has never changed is the hospitality offered to its guests.

Greenway

Greenway on the River Dart
Greenway has been an important Devonshire property for over 500 years. There have been a fascinating array of owners over this period, each leaving their mark on the estate we treasure today, the most famous was Agatha Christie (known locally by her married name, Mrs Mallowan) who could not resist buying Greenway. She and her husband Max, who was later knighted for his services to archaeology, soon became very attached to the place. It became their holiday home.

Cockington Village

Cockington Village
Cockington Village is the famous thatched village documented in the Doomsday book, taking you back in time to olde England within a hidden valley in the heart of Torquay. Cockington Court is also the creative home to some of the best craftsmen and women in Devon. The village is well served with tea rooms, horse drawn carrage rides, the fine Lutyens Public House and the 14th Century Forge.
Set in 420 acres of parkland which offers formal rose and organic gardens and childrens play areas with lakes, plantations and orchards.

Bygones

Bygones
Bygones brings the past alive. When you walk into Bygones you are transported about a 100 years back in time to the reign of Queen Victoria. Nostalgia for all the family.

Torquay Museum

Torquay Museum
Torquay Museum is ranked amounst the finest in South West England. Come and see the museum´s many amazing artifacts and fossils from Torquay´s famous Kents Cavern prehistoric caves, where our ancestors made their home as long as half a million years ago. On display are Neanderthal tools to wolly mammoth teeth to cave bear skulls.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway

Babbacombe Cliff Railway
Babbacombe Cliff Railway was built in 1926, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has shuttled hundreds of thousands of holiday makers to and from Oddicombe Beach in over 84 years of service. With an extensive overhaul & refurbishment now completed, the railway is ready to serve thousands more passengers and to allow them to soak up the peaceful atmosphere and take in the amazing views as they travel to and from the waters edge on Babbacombe Beach.

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