Short breaks

In Torquay

Visitor Attractions for Guests on a Short Break in Torquay

Attractions open all year round making a short break in Torquay perfect at any time

The English Riviera has a large number of attractions that stay open all year round making it a superb short breaks destination in all seasons. Furthermore, the diverse nature of the attractions mean that there is sure to be something that will appeal to everyone.Added to these, are events that punctuate the year and mark the changing of seasons.



Top Ten Attractions in Torquay and The English Riviera

1. Paignton Zoo.

This started off in 19th century as the hobby of a horse and hound breeder when a collection of exotic birds was begun. Today, Paignton Zoo is one of the most important zoos in the Country. It has an obvious role in breeding, conservation and education and is a superb day out for people of all ages. As it is largely an open air attraction it is ideal for spring or summer breaks but equally in the autumn or winter it is superb as it tends to be much quieter meaning that you can sepnd more time with the animals on your own!!


2. Kent's Cavern

These prehistoric caves allow visitors to peer back a mind boggling number of years to when the human species had barely become established on the planet and to a time when ice ages came and went leaving their mark not least amongst the types of creatures that roamed the ground upon which we now stand.Kent's Cavern is open every day except Christmas Day

Kent's Cavern in Torquay an ideal place to visit when on a short break on The English Riviera.


3. Babbacombe Model Village

This little corner of Babbacombe has been delighting visitors for decades and continually re-invents itself for the changing generations. It evolves whilst maintaining the essential whimsical and humerous touches that make it such a charming experience.Babbacombe Model Village often has special events such as its Winter Wonderland when the entire site is covered in snow as well as periods when it is open for night time illuminations.

Babbacombe Model Village a great place to visit when on a short break in Torquay


4. Bygones

Located in St Marychurch this eccentric and eclectic collection that includes a re-creation of a Victorian street as well as a First World War trench and not forgetting a full sized locomotive. Bygones  is just made for drizzly afternoons in winter.

Bygones in St Marychurch a place to visit when on a short break in the south Devon resort of Torquay


5. The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway

This small stretch of line that operated between Paignton and Dartmouth passes through some fantastic scenery both coastal and country and has the added benefit of a halt at Greenway so passengers can get off and visit Agatha Christie's house. The Dartmouth Steam Railway expands its services in summer and stays open throughout the winter with a reduced service.


6. Torquay Museum

Just a short walk from Torquay harbour, the museum has an interesting and diverse range of artefacts including the country's only gallery dedicated to Agatha Christie. Torquay Museum has superb temporary exhibitions as well as a programme of lectures.

Torquay Museum close to the harbour and an ideal destination when on a short break on The English Riviera


7. Babbacombe Cliff Railway

This fantastic example of Victorian engineering operates all year and demonstrates the enthusiastic way in which our Victorian ancestors set about solving problems (such as getting up and down to a beach). Today, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway is an attraction in its own right as well as being an easy way to visit Oddicombe beach below.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway a great attraction for people on short breaks to Torquay


8. Living Coasts

This attraction is located on Torquay harbourside and is easy to find because of the netting that covers the site. Living Coasts is dedicated to the wildlife (particularly birds) that live in our coastal waters. It also has a colony of penguins.

Living Coasts on Torquay harbourside an attraction for couples on short breaks to Torquay


9. The Golden Hind Brixham

This replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship gives an amazing insight into the conditions of Tudor seafarers on a ship that circumnavigated the World. The Golden Hind is a very visible landmark in the centre of Brixham's harbour.

The Golden Hind in Brixham harbour, the main attraction for couples on short breaks in this south Devon port.


10. Boat rides across the Bay

A number of ferry operators provide boat services around the bay as well as specific cruises. This is a superb way to see the area from an entirely different perspective. Ticket offices are located around Torquay harbour. One of the main companies is The Western Lady Ferry Company

Passenger ferry services across Torbay linking the English Riviera towns - a great way for people on short breaks to travel in the spring,summer and autumn


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The Muntham Apartments

The Muntham Apartments

The Muntham Apartments are located in the leafy Wellswood area of Torquay and are ideally placed to access all that Torquay and The English Riviera has to offer. With accommodation ranging from the spacious luxury three bedroom townhouse, wonderful one bedroom accommodation and studios the Muntham Apartments have something for everyone.

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Hesketh Crescent Apartment

Hesketh Crescent Apartment

The Hesketh Crescent Apartment is a Five Star romantic hideaway for two  located in a stunning Regency crescent which is perched on a cliff overlooking the sea in the Meadfoot area of Torquay. Although the apartment itself does not have sea views, you are just seconds away from breathtaking coastal scenery.

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Bedford House Apartments

Bedford House Apartments

The Bedford House Apartments are a collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments located close to Torquay harbour and town centre. Click the link below to check availability/prices and to book. You will always get the best rates by booking direct.

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The Kinbrae Apartment

The Kinbrae Apartment

The Kinbrae Apartment is a beautiful two bedroom apartment close to the centre of the Wellswood area of Torquay. It is ideally placed to explore all that The English Riviera has to offer. Please click the link below. Don't forget that booking direct gets the very best rates.

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The English Riviera Wheel

The English Riviera Wheel

Back again for the summer and into the autumn, The English Riviera Wheel is a firm favourite with residents and visitors alike. At over 60 meters high, it offers amazing 360 degree views of the bay. The journey lasts about 12 minutes in total. The wheel can be found close to the Princess Theatre on Torquay seafront. Ticket prices - Adults £6, concessions £5, children £4. Family ticket £18.) Open 10am to 8pm and until 10pm on bank holidays and in school holidays.