Torquay is a seaside town in Devon, England, part of the unitary authority area of Torbay. It lies 18 miles (29 km) south of the county town of Exeter and 28 miles (45 km) east-north-east of Plymouth, on the north of Tor Bay, adjoining the neighbouring town of Paignton on the west of the bay and across from the fishing port of Brixham. In the 2011 UK Census, Torquay's population was 65,245, about half of that of the whole of Torbay.
The town's economy, like Brixham's, was initially based upon fishing and agriculture, but in the early 19th century the town began to develop into a fashionable seaside resort, initially frequented by members of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars while the Royal Navy anchored in the bay. Later, as the town's fame spread, it was popular with the crème de la crème of Victorian society. Renowned for its healthful climate, the town earned the nickname of the English Riviera and favourable comparisons to Montpellier.
Torquay was the home of the writer Agatha Christie, who was born in the town and lived there during her early years. The town contains an "Agatha Christie Mile", a tour with plaques dedicated to her life and work.
Local authority: Torbay Borough Council
OS Grid Reference: SX915654
Tourist Information Centre
5 Vaughan Parade
Phone 0844 474 2233
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With an outdoor pool and free private parking, the family--run Seabury Hotel is located in the lovely village of Babbacombe. The hotel is just a 5-minute drive from the bustling centre of Torquay. Details...
This award-winning, licensed guest house is just 5 minutes' walk from Babbacombe's seafront, in a quiet, peaceful location, close to Cary Park. It offers 4-star guest accommodation and free WiFi. Details...
Situated in Torquay, the family-run Anchorage Hotel offers an outdoor heated swimming pool and a restaurant. With free private parking, it is just 10 minutes’ walk from Oddicombe Beach, which is home to the Cliff Railway. Details...
Located on a quiet, tree-lined road in Torquay, Avron House provides peaceful bed and breakfast accommodation for adults only. Free parking is possible close by, and free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout. Details...
The Albaston is a detached Victorian house offering high-quality guest accommodation between the main town centre, the historic St Marychurch, and the beaches of Babbacombe. There is free Wi-Fi in public areas and free parking on-site. Details...
Offering a garden, Sunningdale Apartments offers pet-friendly accommodation in Torquay. Torquay United FC is 600 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Details...
Little Acre is a comfortable, semi-detached cottage is a wonderful location in Torquay. With three bedrooms it can sleep up to five people. There's also a family bathroom, a ground floor cloakroom and a kitchen with dining area, along with a sitting room with gas fire. Details...
Bay View is a wonderful, semi-detached cottage in a residential area on the outskirts of Paignton. The cottage is set mostly over the ground floor with one king-size double bedroom upstairs. This bedroom offers an en-suite bathroom, a TV, and views down to the sea. Details...
Fairweather Apartment is set over two floors in the popular seaside town of Teignmouth in Devon. This cottage apartment sleeps six people and has three bedrooms consisting of a double bedroom, a second floor twin bedroom with additional folding bed and a second floor single bedroom, as well as a first floor family shower room. Details...
Dunholme House is a detached cottage in Teignmouth, ten minutes' stroll from the sea, shops and pubs. The cottage has two doubles with en-suite shower rooms on the first floor, a bathroom and additional WC on the first floor, and on the second floor, a twin and a single. Details...
Dipley Cottage is a character cottage set in Brixham, Devon. Set across three floors with four bedrooms, one with an en-suite, up to eight people can stay. There's also a family bathroom, a kitchen, and a sitting room with woodburner and dining area with gas fire. Details...
White Steps is a detached cottage above Brixham town in the West Country. The cottage sleeps six people and has one king-size double bedroom, one double, one adult bunk bedroom and a family bathroom together with separate room with basin and WC. Details...