Torquay, the gateway to the English Riviera, a beautiful seaside resort packed with things to do. Devon’s turquoise and white harbours are none quite as pretty as that of Torquay, so we think it’s time to get the family to the South West coast. Not only do we know all the best things for a day out in Torquay, we also have the perfect place to lay your heads. Snaptrip has hundreds of Devon holiday cottages available for last-minute booking along with our exceptional discounts.
Start things off at Devon’s best independent, family run Green Leaf Cafe, where you can enjoy clean, minimalist surroundings. Tuck into a tasty selection of breakfast options. From fresh sourdough bread to a hearty Full English, there is plenty to enjoy here.
From here, you’re less than a 10 minute drive away from Babbacombe beach; an unspoilt cove with a wealth of character and a rich history of smuggling, fishing, murder and intrigue. It’s now one of Devon’s best loved beaches, and is host to a whole range of leisure and sport activities. The views across the bay are just as good as you’ll find abroad and if you take the family for a cliff-walk, you’ll experience it from even greater heights. Follow the signs for Oddicombe Beach past the cliff railway – it’s an interesting walk, not too long with a fun, steep slope – and get two beaches for the price of one.
For even more visual delights, a five minute walk from the model village takes you to Torquay’s infamous shop Bygones – a huge collection of antique goods, toys, and wealth of British history that makes a feast for all the senses. But after all that exploring, it’s probably time for some lunch. Stop-by the Weavers Cottage Tea Shoppe for a mid-afternoon break. Here you can get a scrumptious afternoon tea for two, or try one of their tempting milkshakes.
And while you’re in the area, it’s time to check out Cockington Country Park. Here you’ll find quaint churches, thatched cottages, beautiful meadows and if you can find it, there’s also a chocolate shop for kinds of traditional Devon treats. If you want somewhere that has that untouched feeling, whilst also having the delights of tourist shops and modern day facilities, then this is the place for you. If the cream tea didn’t quite fill you, it’s also the perfect place for a picnic in the parklands, or a cold drink on a sunny day at one of the local cafes or bespoke tea shops. And now for the finale, the Cockington Court. This manor house is a spectacular monument to old-world Devon, where you can go back in time and enjoy a the feeling of grandeur that comes with a house like this. Try and catch them on an events day to see the woodlands filled with people and fun.
Now back in the car, because it’s time for an adventure. This time at Torquay’s very own Kents Cavern. Kents Cavern is largely hailed as the best way to spend your day in this neck of the woods, and is Torquay’s archaeological pride and joy. Brilliant for those occasional rainy days, here you get the best of both worlds – learn all about caving history and also experience the adventure for yourselves. Grab yourself a fun and informative guided tour, which is set to unfold as an interactive experience for the kids (and adults, too!).
You can rest assured you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to your final meal of the day, with fine dining restaurants and different cuisines at every turn, so we’ll help you out with some Torquay teasers. When it comes to high-class dining, there’s only one place you need visit, and that’s the Orange Tree Restaurant where each plate is a work of culinary art. Opulent decor meets quality produce in this beautiful establishment that treats its diners like royalty. If you’re looking for something a bit more rough and ready, try Meat59, where – you guessed it – the meaty menu is designed to tempt and satisfy its waiting carnivores. But don’t worry, they have healthy options for those with less of an appetite.
Make sure to finish off the day with a boat trip across the English Riveria. Western Lady Ferry Service offer evening trips at half an hour long, where you can take in the bright lights of the harbour.