The English Riviera

Resort - Torquay

Overview

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". It has a mild climate, sparkling blue waters and in its beautiful public gardens you will see subtropical plants and palm trees. Torquay has something to offer everyone: by day you can relax on one of the clean sandy beaches, explore the bustling harbour and marina and the excellent shops or if you are feeling more active there are lovely walks, or activities such as sailing, bowls, golf or fishing. By night you'll be spoilt for choice: there are theatres, night clubs, cabarets and discothèques and of course you'll see the lights illuminating the promenade reflected across the beautiful bay. The many local attractions include Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village, Kent's Cavern, Torbay Steam Railway and Cockington thatched village. Torquay’s harbour-side has recently been redeveloped and features Living Coasts, a fascinating wildlife attraction adjacent to the Regina Hotel.

Prices from

£389 per person

Supplements may apply

Tour code: 153EC

Tour: The English Riviera

Resort: Torquay

Days: 7

Date Travelling: 01 September 2019

Travelling by: Coach

Hotel: Regina Hotel

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Outward Travel

Day 2 - Exmouth & Sidmouth

  • Devon's original coastal resort has an excellent local museum and Blue Plaque Trail.
  • Nelson, Shelly, Byron and Raleigh all visited Exmouth for rest and inspiration.
  • Manor Park Gardens are well kept with spectacular decorative borders, a café and occasional entertainment.
  • Regular visitors to this select resort included Princess Victoria before she became Queen.
  • An interesting local museum (free entry) nestles amid the Regency architecture.
  • Connaught Gardens are famed for their year-round floral displays and clifftop views.

Day 3 - Teignmouth & Exeter

  • Fans of classic Georgian architecture will love Den Crescent and the Assembly Rooms, reminiscent of Bath.
  • At the resort end of town, the magnificent Victorian pier hosts many traditional seaside attractions.
  • As well as the sea beach with its pier, Teignmouth has a river beach leading to the harbour and close-knit old town.
  • Famous for its cathedral, with long vaulted ceilings, astronomical clock and minstrel's gallery.
  • History and art lovers will also enjoy the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Gallery (free admission).
  • Take a rest at the Ship Inn, which Drake used to frequent.

Day 4 - Day at Leisure

  • Today is left free to allow for relaxing in the hotel or exploring the local area.
  • Don't hesitate to enquire with the hotel reception regarding local attractions and travel options.

Day 5 - Day at Leisure

  • Today is left free to allow for relaxing in the hotel or exploring the local area.
  • Don't hesitate to enquire with the hotel reception regarding local attractions and travel options.

Day 6 - Buckfast Abbey Half Day

  • A living monastic community situated on the southern edge of Dartmoor.
  • The Abbey (free entry) is famous for its tonic wine, made from French mistelle and Devonian herbs.
  • The whole site was rebuilt by French Benedictines, exiled fom France during the Third Republic.

Day 7 - Return Travel

Clients are permitted to remain on the coach only when the driver is present. Excursion days may be altered to suit circumstances which arise or to take advantage of forecast changes in the weather, local events or drivers’ hours regulations. If it is important you visit somewhere on a specific day, please check in advance with your driver. The itinerary is designed to be a guide to the places encompassed by the tour, and the mention of certain towns or attractions does not necessarily imply that a stop will be made at the town or point of interest, unless specifically indicated in the itinerary or holiday brochure. All details contained in this itinerary were correct at the time of writing however changes may have occurred since printing. Every effort is made to rectify any errors as and when they come to our attention.

Regina Hotel

Wonderfully situated on the harbour-side, with the principal shops and theatre a gentle stroll away. The ground floor was extensively refurbished in 2008. Part of the Regina is particularly interesting as the home for three years of the poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 68 bedrooms with central heating and private bath or shower and WC. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer and TV with radio channels.

Contact Details

Regina Hotel
Victoria Parade

Tel No: 01803 292904

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