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Known by many to be the birthplace of Agatha Christie, Torquay is a place that is known for being mysteriously quaint and charming. One of the most popular destinations for a city-break or seaside escape (just behind London and Edinburgh!) Torquay has charmed millions of visitors year after year with it’s oceanside playfulness and historical richness.
While recent storms in the last several years had damaged Torquay’s beachfront somewhat, that has also meant that many renovations and restorations have taken place, meaning that the oceanfront, with its many promenades, piers, and restaurants and hotels are now on full display in all their glory. Visitors should take advantage of this beautiful and affordable holiday destination, whether it’s just for the weekend or for even longer.
Meadfood is a neighborhood a little ways out of the city making it perfect for those would want to explore this quaint city without the crazy nightlife or having to be in the middle of all of the action. Made up of adorable suburbs and cozy pubs, we highly recommend staying in one of the quaint Bed and Breakfasts that make this area so popular for families traveling with little ones, or for those who are looking for a romantic escape.
Wellswood is also a charming area of town that is close to downtown and the water, while still retaining a high level of affluent charm and romantic fancy, as this area has historically always been one of the wealthier neighborhoods. There are lots of independent shops making this a must-see place for those who enjoy retail therapy. Visitors should try to find a vacation rental in one of the beautiful old homes here, or to try and stay in a gorgeous boutique hotel in this area.
Torquay is full of fun things for any visitor; independent of size, age, and favorite activity. We’ve rounded up our list of what makes Torquay one of the most popular destinations for British travelers not looking to go abroad; and what have made Torquay so deserve the name of the English Riviera.
Much of what makes Torquay so fun is the vast range of things to do. From the Babbacombe model village to going spelunking in the Kents Cavern, we are sure you will find something to delight you. Some of our other personal favorites are experiencing a blast from the past with a visit to the Torquay dinosaur world, and the Bygones museum, which has panoramas on display of life from as recently as the 50’s to as old as the early Victorian times.
Of course, visitors are also encouraged to merely walk around the harbor and port for an amazing array of ships, restaurants, and boutique shopping experiences that will charm and occupy participants for hours.
Like many other seaside towns in England, Torquay experiences a mild to moderate climate, with a lot of rainfall in the late fall, and relatively warm summers and mild, though sometimes wet, springs. We highly recommend planning your trip for either July or August to maximise your possible enjoyment of this seaside resort, although watch out for certain bank holiday weekends as the city will be particularly crowded. We personally loved our visit which was in late September; the trees had crisp and colorful leaves and without the crowds, it was much easier for us to enjoy our stay at our own pace.