Things To Do

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The English Riviera in the heart of glorious South Devon offers something for everyone, whatever your taste.

Babbacombe & St Marychurch

  • Babbacombe Downs- The seafront is a short walk from the guest house, enjoy stunning views and see the red cliffs above the bay.
  • Babbacombe Cliff Railway – Built in 1926 – extensively refurbished in 2005/6 the leisurely way to access Babbacombe Bay
  • Babbacombe Model Village See the miniature village complete with a fire breathing dragon and burning house.
  • Babbacombe Theatre – See the 2016 variety show ‘Starstruck’ and other visiting acts throughout the year.
  • Bygones museum – Take a step back in time and view a life size victorian street and period rooms. The museum also houses an extensive military and railwayana collection and ww2 trench experience.

Torquay

  • Boat Trips – see South Devon’s beautiful bay from the sea, visit Agatha Christie’s holiday home at Greenway, or do a little sea fishing.
  • Living Coasts – Torquay’s coastal zoo and conservation charity. Did you know that seahorses are native to Torbay. Find out more about this and other sea life at Living Coasts
  • Princess Theatre – for shows ranging visiting west end productions such as Cats, Chicage and Thriller to popular local theatre groups.
  • At the Riviera Centre you will find Torquay’s indoor beach with Fun Pool, complete with flume ride and wave machine. There are shows for children, an indoor soft play area, a fully equipped gym, sauna, restaurants, bars and much more.
  • Torquay Museum – a journey of discovery for all ages ranked among the finest in South West England.
  • Torre Abbey – with its abbey ruins is Torquay’s oldest building.

Brixham

  • A fishing port sheltered by Berry Head and the famous Brixham Breakwater
  • A wide range of places to eat out.
  • In the harbour you will find a full size replica of Sir Francis Drakes Golden Hind

Cockington Village – A living breathing time capsule just a mile from Torquay sea front

  • An Idyllic thatched village
  • Cockington Court and its 460 acre country park
  • Cockington Forge and traditional craft studios

Paignton

  • Paignton Zoo – Recent new arrivals are the Rothschild giraffe born on Valentines day and a zebra foal born on 28th February, the zoo’s first Zebra birth for ten years
  • Splashdown Quaywest – something for everyone to enjoy – from big kids to little ones
  • Railways – a choice of venues for the steam railway enthusiast
  • Dartmouth Railway Linking Paignton, via Churston to Kingswear on the Dart river
  • South Devon Railway – Seven miles of former GWR branch line running through the stunning Dart valley between Buckfastleigh and Totnes
  • West Somerset Railway – The longest Steam Heritage Railway in the UK which runs for 20 miles from Bishops Lydeard, near Taunton, to Minehead is well worth the journey from Torquay. The surrounding countryside is as varied as it is beautiful. The gently rolling Quantock hills and distant Exmoor, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South Wales, confident Church Towers, Dunster’s imposing Castle and Minehead’s seaside charm are all waiting to be discovered.

Totnes and Dartington Hall are less than 30 minutes away. Totnes is an Elizabethan river town with an ancient castle. The beauty of Dartington Hall with its glorious gardens and world famous arts and music activities makes this an essential place to visit. Dartmouth, Dartmoor, Salcombe, Exeter and Plymouth can all be easily reached.