Things to do in Torbay
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Things to do in Torbay

Family Days Out


Babbacombe – 

The charming and characterful village of Babbacombe is quite enchanting with its stunning sea views, colourful promenade and picturesque buildings. There are also some of Devon’s top attractions here: Babbacombe Model Village with its 4 acres of award winning gardens, hundreds of model scenes, vehicles and people, Bygones with its authentic life-size Victorian street and 3 floors of pure nostalgia; the stunning Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves that takes you back to the Stone Age and the historic Babbacombe Cliff Railway for a fun ride down to the beach.

Torquay – 

Torquay is awash with attractions including:  800-year-old Torre Abbey with its Agatha Christie-inspired Potent Plants GardenTorquay Land Train which will whisk you around town and to delightful Cockington village; Torquay Museum with its fascinating exhibits and permanent Agatha Christie Gallery and Waves Leisure Pool with its lovely warm water and activities for all ages.  If that’s not enough you can try your hand at 10-Pin Bowling with 21 lanes, amusements plus food and drink on offer.  In the quintessential English village of Cockington you can enjoy meeting the makers at the many craft studios and visit the Ark Play Area.

Paignton – 

Head for historic Paignton Pier where you’ll find fun and games galore.  Children will love the free Geoplay Park with special features for toddlers and juniors to explore and enjoy whilst learning about the area’s heritage.  Both Paignton Zoo and nearby Occombe Farm have lots to see with endless activities sure to create wonderful family memories. Torbay Velopark offers safe family cycling with bike, helmet and baby trailer hire on offer.  A ‘must-do’ is the steam train that runs from Paignton to Kingswear along the stunning English Riviera coastline.  There’s also crazy golfgo karts and a state-of-the art cinema complex showing all the latest movies.  At Goodrington Beach you’ll find Splashdown the UK’s biggest outdoor waterpark with spectacular views of the beach and the bay.

Brixham – 

Brixham’s history is filled with pirates and smugglers, and kids of all ages will enjoy Brixham’s swashbucklng Pirate Days.  You’ll also love the full size replica of the Golden Hind, a splendid galleon that takes pride of place in Brixham’s beautiful Inner Harbour.  Why not enjoy a swim in Brixham’s historic Shoalstone Pool? It’s a well-maintained, historic seawater lido with incredible views over the Bay’s crystal clear waters.  A stroll along the coast path here brings you to Brixham Battery Heritage Centre with its fascinating wartime museum where you are positively encouraged to touch the exhibits and where historic fighter planes hang ‘dog-fight-like’ from the ceilings.  You can also visit Greenway, Agatha Christie’s famous holiday home (now National Trust) at nearby Galmpton or browse the galleries at Brixham Heritage Museum.

Wherever you base yourself on Devon’s stunning English Riviera, there are world-class attractions to ensure your family has an exciting and memorable stay.

Discover Beautiful Beaches

Oddicombe – 

Oddicombe beach, truly is a year round destination for locals and holiday makers alike, whatever time of year you choose to visit this magical little beach you’re sure to have a great day. The beach has held the Blue Flag award for a very impressive 33 years, ever since the internationally recognised award was introduced! Take a fun ride down to this beautiful Blue Flag beach on The Babbacombe Cliff Railway, and discover a picture postcard cove with red sand, colourful beach huts, a traditional beach shop, toilets (including disabled facilities) and the Mediterranean inspired Three Degrees Bar and Bistro.
Blue Flag & Seaside Award Winner 2022

Anstey’s Cove –

Anstey’s Cove is a hidden gem nestled between Torquay and Babbacombe. As you descend the dramatic hillside path and steps towards the cove you’re surrounded by stunning woodlands and a wildlife reserve which attracts a variety of plants, butterflies and birds, perfect for keen photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. The spectacular views feature dramatic rocks and limestone cliffs which unfold before your eyes as you approach.
Seaside Award Winner 2022

Oddicombe – Blue Flag & Seaside Award winner 2022

Anstey’s Cove –  Seaside Award winner 2022

Torre Abbey Sands – 

This is Torquay’s main beach with a fantastic stretch of red sand, framed by the ultra-modern Abbey Sands development of waterside restaurants, bars and cafes at one end and the Victorian grandeur of The Grand Hotel at the other.
The long sandy beach west of Torquay harbour is easy to access as the main road from Torquay to Paignton runs alongside it. Torquay’s iconic spiral white seafront bridge is also a great viewing platform to take some holiday snaps to share with your friends and family at home.
Blue Flag & Seaside Award winner 2022

Meadfoot Beach – 

A mile from Torquay Harbour, Meadfoot Beach can be easily accessed by car or on foot. Wheelchair users are able to access the beach via a slope onto the promenade and a slipway. With ample car parking facilities within walking distance of the beach this is a very popular location for locals and visitors returning to the English Riviera.
Blue Flag & Seaside Award winner 2022

Preston Beach – 

Preston’s red sandy beach is just a short walk from Paignton Sands. This safe, clean family friendly beach is a very popular holiday hot spot and you can sunbathe, paddle and build castles in the sand. This is also a great place to go for a swim as Preston Sands has attained the prestigious Seaside Award.

Why not grab a fishing net and explore the rock pools at low tide at the northern end of the beach? The children will enjoy crabbing and spotting the sea life amongst the seaweed too.
Blue Flag & Seaside Award winner 2022