This post is a list of my recommended places to go in Torbay. Like any Top 10 list, it’s subjective, and everybody’s list will be different. Having lived here for more than twenty-five years, I’ve covered all these places in my blogs on Torbay, and have provided links to them for a more in-depth look at what’s on offer at each place.
If there are any places that you think I should have included, and maybe some that you think I shouldn’t have, please let me know. Places are constantly changing for one reason or another, and it’s not easy to keep abreast of everything.
The list that I’ve compiled runs in a descending order that coincides with my preferences, but I wouldn’t take too much notice of that, as everyone’s opinion will vary. Having said that, the places on this list should find favour with most people. I hope you agree, and don’t forget to send me a comment on what you think.
Oldway was once the home of a member of the Singer (sewing machine) family. It’s had a chequered history of late, but a group of volunteers are trying to turn its fortunes around. It’s early days yet, but they hope to open the house to the public again, but the gardens are open for everyone to see. It can best be described as Paignton’s hidden gem.
This easy walk is a delightful way to bimble along next to the sea for anyone who can’t, or doesn’t want to walk too far.
If Oldway Mansion is Paignton’s gem, then Torre Abbey is Torquay’s equivalent. The Abbey suffered under the dissolution, but is still the most historically important building in Torbay.
This walk from just behind Torquay Harbour is a pleasant surprise for many people. It’s not difficult, and it’s not far, but it is very rewarding.
This part of Torquay has a more genteel side to it than Torquay Harbour, and there are a number of things to do to keep you occupied as well.
Cockington is a picturesque village not far from Torquay sea front. It also includes a country park, and quite different from the hustle and bustle of the town centre.
Torbay has a fascinating geological background, and Kent’s Cavern is the best place to come to see what it’s all about.
One of the protective arms of Torbay, this an easy way to enjoy the views around and along the coastline without having to walk too far. Dolphins and porpoises can often be seen and there is also the largest colony of guillemots on the south coast.
A guided tour of the fish market at one of England’s largest fishing ports is a great way to see what goes on at the early morning fish auction.
The steam train to Kingswear is just one part of the Round Robin, a journey which also includes the ferry across to Dartmouth, a boat trip up the River Dart to Totnes, and an open-top bus ride back to Paignton. It’s a great day out and should be on every visitor’s list – and why it’s made it to No 1 on mine.