"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Torquay

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

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Things to see and do in and around Torquay

  • Bygones Victorian Museum
  • Babbacombe Model Village
  • Play Cafe
  • The Boulder Bunker
  • Waves Leisure Pool
  • The Riviera International Centre
  • Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery
  • Tore Abbey
  • Torquay Museum
  • AMF Torquay
  • Quasar Torquay
  • Rainbow Funhouse
  • Torquays Dinosaur World
  • Kents Cavern
  • Torquay Alpine Ski Club
  • Living Coasts
  • Cockington Country Park
  • Cockington Court
  • Plant World
  • Occombe Farm
  • Paignton Pier
  • Kirkham House
  • Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
  • Dartmouth Steam Rail and River Boat Co
  • Devon Activities
  • Splashdown Quaywest Waterpark
  • Quaywest
  • Decoy Country Park
  • Paignton Zoo
  • Shaldon Wildlife Trust

Tourist Information

Torquay
Tourist Information Centre
5 Vaughan Parade
Devon
England
TQ2 5JG

Phone 0844 474 2233
http://www.englisriviera.co.uk/

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Forecast for Tuesday 25 April

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Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 4°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 6mph.
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Pressure 1016
Humidity 73%
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Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 8°C
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Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
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Pressure 1016
Humidity 50%
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12:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 10°C
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Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
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Pressure 1015
Humidity 44%
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15:00


Chance of rain 30%
Max temp. 10°C
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Wind 5mph, gusting to 8mph.
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Pressure 1015
Humidity 45%
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18:00


Chance of rain 34%
Max temp. 7°C
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Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
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Pressure 1016
Humidity 62%
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21:00


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 5°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
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Pressure 1017
Humidity 75%
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