Top 10 things to do in Torquay

Sandra Oberg

General, Industry News, Travel, Work & Play Guide

Dreaming of stunning long sandy beaches and exotic palm trees for a staycation in the UK? Torquay is a popular travel destination, especially in the summer. The town lies in the heart of the English Riviera and has a great selection of both indoor and outdoor activities. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, make sure you have looked at our top things to do in Torquay.

  1. Torquay Town & Seafront
  2. Cockington Country Park
  3. Kents Cavern
  4. Ansteys Cove
  5. Babbacombe
  6. Babbacombe & Oddicombe South West Coastal Path
  7. Kayaking & Paddleboarding
  8. Bygones
  9. Rock Solid Coasteering
  10. The Royal Terrace Gardens

1. Torquay Town & Seafront

Can’t beat a stroll around Torquay town and the seafront! Start at the top of Torquay town (Fleet Street) and head down the shopping street, this will shortly lead you to the harbour. You’ll find some really great independent restaurants, bars and cafes to stop by for a drink and food.

Follow the signs towards the seafront (you can’t miss the Ferris wheel) to wander around the long sandy beach, iconic palm trees, and even more restaurants and cocktail bars.

Feeling a bit extra energetic? Keep following the South West Coastal Path which will eventually take you to Paignton (approx. 1-hour walk) – another seaside town in the English Riviera with some beautiful beaches.

Things to do at Torquay harbour.
Torquay Harbour – Courtesy of Andre Mouton Unsplash

2. Cockington Country Park

Cockington Country Park is a free walk by a lovely little village, just a short walk from Torquay town. The perfect place to go for a picnic to enjoy magnificent lakes, gardens, and woodlands.

Cockington Court and Cafe are nearby, along with some quirky creations of local artists and craftspeople.

Cockington village.
Cockington – Courtesy of Agnieszka Mordaunt Unsplash

3. Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern is a hidden piece of history, used by humankind for thousands of years. This should be on any travellers’ list to do when looking for things to do in Torquay. A truly unique experience, the caves are full of fascinating history, and they go on for ages.

Make sure to book a slot before heading over to your next adventure as it can get busy at times. The guides are professional and very knowledgeable and will answer all your questions about the caves.

4. Ansteys Cove

Ansteys Cove is quite a small shingle beach, however, it’s peaceful and incredibly stunning. A nice place to visit to escape the crowds. Why not rent a deckchair from the beach cafe to relax on the beach? Who knows, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot some dolphins!

This is a great stop if you are planning to walk the South West Coastal Path trail – on the route from Torquay to Babbacombe.

5. Babbacombe

Babbacombe may be one of my favourite places to visit in Torquay. The promenade through the parks is amazing, and the views looking over the sea and cliffs are absolutely breathtaking.

Whilst you are around Babbacombe, don’t miss out on visiting the Babbacombe Model Village. One of Torquay’s most popular and visited attractions – representing British life (and humour) and culture over the last five decades all in miniature.

Fancy a delicious traditional cream tea? Take a break at Angels Tea Rooms for the classic full cream tea with a wide range of scones, sandwiches and cakes.

6. Babbacombe & Oddicombe South West Coastal Path

If you don’t have time for a long walk, you could always do the 15 minutes walk on the South West Coastal Path from Babbacombe and Oddicombe. There are paths on the top of the cliff which lead down to the beach. If you are feeling less energetic there is a cliff railway available.

Free car parking is dotted around the streets if you are driving. Most importantly, make sure you have your camera ready to record the wonderful scenery.

Oddicombe beach in Torquay.
Oddicombe Beach – Courtesy of Annie Spratt Unsplash

7. Kayaking & Paddleboarding

To make the most of your visit – I’d recommend renting a kayak or a paddleboard (as long as the sea is calm). See the list below of some places to rent!

8. Bygones

Bygones is a very well presented museum – go back in time for a nostalgic trip with some interactive English Victorian life and history. You can tell that the family that owns it truly loves what they do. You’ll find personal messages recorded by the family within the museum telling its story.

9. Rock Solid Coasteering

Rock Solid Coasteering will give you the courage to do things you thought would be impossible. All the kits needed are provided by the brilliant team at Rock Solid Coasteering. This fun and challenging experience is suitable for a group of friends or family. A great mix of climbing, swimming and jumping for all different levels.

Coasteering in Torquay.
Courtesy of coasteering_co_uk – Unsplash

10. The Royal Terrace Gardens

Do you want to see some incredible views over Torquay? Quite a number of steps to climb up – but if you’re up for a challenge the views at the top are worth it. The Royal Terrace Gardens is a nice walk worth visiting both day and night. However, it’s the perfect walk for the end of an evening – the lights at night are amazing.


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