Family Holidays in Torquay family holiday guide


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The jewel in the crown of the English Riviera, Torquay embodies the best the UK has to offer in terms of a coastal holiday, from beautiful buildings to wonderful weather. Originally a fishing port, it became popular as a holiday destination in the 19th century as people began to enjoy the mild climate and relaxed way of life.

Here are the top 10 things we love about family holidays in Torquay:

  1. It’s right on the coast so you’re never far from the beach – 11 of them.
  2. Several of the beaches have Blue Flag status.
  3. A resort town since Victorian time.
  4. Fabulous climate, warm enough for palm trees to line the streets.
  5. Excellent road connections, local buses, and two railway stations.
  6. Beautiful countryside all around offering stunning views and family walks.
  7. Lots to do for all the family, indoors and outdoors.
  8. It’s a great base for exploring the rest of Torquay and Devon beyond.
  9. Beautiful architecture and scenic views over both land and water.
  10. Water sports and family boat trips to get another perspective on Torquay.


The town has a rich history and an abundance of things to do whatever your interests. Torquay Museum is the oldest in the county, covering natural sciences and archaeology and a gallery showcasing the achievements of Torquay’s most famous daughter, novelist Agatha Christie. The harbour is still very much a focus for the town, and the Living Coasts is a coastal zoo owned and managed by nearby Paignton Zoo.

As you’d expect from a town that has such a thriving tourist industry, there is a great range of shops and museums, restaurants and bars, and places to stay to suit all budgets and catering for all guests. Find out more about Torquay below.


    • The Great Outdoors. Torquay is a great place to be outside, whether that’s on a beach, strolling along the seafront, or taking a walk in a park or the surrounding countryside. Torquay has lots of options for you. Some of the most popular options include:
      • The Royal Terrace Gardens and the Rock Walk.
      •  Corbyn Headland is an accessible viewpoint for the whole family
    • Play areas. The Play Cafe is a great wet weather option for children, with its multi-level soft-play hall, and for adults, there are hot drinks, snacks and wifi available.
    • Cycling trails and paths. Torquay is a great base for lots of cycle routes, catering for all levels. Visit the tourist information centre for details of lots of circular routes from half an hour upwards, depending on your group’s ability and endurance level, and how far out of town you want to travel.
    • Treasure trails. Inspired by Torquay’s most famous resident, Agatha Christie, Torquay’s version of the popular treasure trails takes on a murder mystery twist. It is 2 miles long, with lots of clues to teach you about the town. Suitable for ages 6 to adult.
    • Swimming. The Waves Leisure Pool at the Riviera International Centre is great fun for all, rain or shine, with sloping access, waves and flumes, and a water-play area for babies and toddlers.
    • Big attractions. There are lots of attractions in Torquay so you need not leave the town during your stay. Babbacombe Model Village is the most popular attraction, depicting scenes from British life over the past five decades. Other options include:
      • Dinosaur World – an interactive exhibition for all things dinosaur featuring many life-size models.
      •  The Real Crime Museum – for adults and older kids, this exhibition is open daily and gives an insight into some infamous real crimes.
      • Cockington Court – pack a picnic and spend the day at this wonderful former manor house now a craft centre with a busy schedule of events, just a mile from the seafront.
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