Torquay is one of Britain’s most famous resorts, situated at the heart of 22 miles of unspoilt coastline, often referred to as the ‘English Riviera’. Torbay is blessed with a mild climate, sparkling blue waters, Blue-Flag beaches and extensive attractive gardens.
Torquay is characterised by its Mediterranean feel, created by its palm tree lined seafront, Italian style white villas perched high on the hillsides and fabulous yachts and boats moored in the popular marina. Fashionable since Victorian times and the former home of such figures as crime author Agatha Christie and comedy actor Peter Cook, Torquay offers contrast and variety, day and night, from its bustling harbour and marina to its exclusive shops and sophisticated restaurants and bars, which are open well into the evening along the promenade.
Activity is focussed around Torquay’s new multi-million pound waterfront which provides a comprehensive programme of exhibitions, concerts and theatrical productions, as well as a world-class marine animal visitor attraction and state of the art foot-bridge across the bay. The new waterfront is supplemented by a number of attractions, varying from steam trains and boats to swimming pools and golf courses.
Torquay lies at the edge of Dartmoor, known as the last great wilderness in England. The area is diverse and fascinating, varying from ancient woodland to nationally important butterfly and archaeological sites which may be visited throughout the year. Even so, Torquay is not isolated, being ideally situated between Devon’s two principal cities, Plymouth and Exeter.
In short, Torquay is both a gateway to nature whilst retaining close links with urban centres renowned for excellent shopping and intriguing historical buildings and sites.
We use the Regina Hotel, which is a Leisureplex Hotel and is situated on the level harbourside, the Bancourt Hotel, situated close to Abbey Gardens and the Nethway Hotel, which is set in its own attractive grounds.
The heart of the town is the harbour which has many shops along its edges. The town is hilly but the location of the Regina Hotel is on the flat harbourside and the shops, promenade and Pavilion Theatre are all a level walk from here.
Beaches and Gardens
Torbay has excellent bathing beaches at Babbacombe, Torre Abbey and Paignton. Torre Abbey Gardens make a pleasant walk along the seafron from the harbour.