Short breaks
In Torquay

Visitor Attractions for Guests on a Short Break in Torquay

Attractions open all year round making a short break in Torquay perfect at any time

The English Riviera has a large number of attractions that stay open all year round making it a superb short breaks destination in all seasons. Furthermore, the diverse nature of the attractions mean that there is sure to be something that will appeal to everyone. Added to these, are events that punctuate the year and mark the changing of seasons, a brilliant array of Torquay restaurants which also stay open all year round plus a great selection of year round holiday accommodation including our Muntham Apartments and Town House, The Bedford House Apartments plus the Hesketh Crescent Apartment.

 

 

Top Ten Attractions in Torquay and The English Riviera

1. Paignton Zoo.

This started off in 19th century as the hobby of a horse and hound breeder when a collection of exotic birds was begun. Today, Paignton Zoo is one of the most important zoos in the Country. It has an obvious role in breeding, conservation and education and is a superb day out for people of all ages. As it is largely an open air attraction it is ideal for spring or summer breaks but equally in the autumn or winter it is superb as it tends to be much quieter meaning that you can sepnd more time with the animals on your own!! Our Bedford House Apartments are just seconds away from a bus route that goes to Paignton Zoo.

 

2. Kent's Cavern

These prehistoric caves allow visitors to peer back a mind boggling number of years to when the human species had barely become established on the planet and to a time when ice ages came and went leaving their mark not least amongst the types of creatures that roamed the ground upon which we now stand.Kent's Cavern is open every day except Christmas Day. The Muntham Apartments and Town House are just a ten minute walk from the Caves and make an ideal base from which to explore all of The English Riviera attractions.

Kent's Cavern in Torquay an ideal place to visit when on a short break on The English Riviera.

 

3. Babbacombe Model Village

This little corner of Babbacombe has been delighting visitors for decades and continually re-invents itself for the changing generations. It evolves whilst maintaining the essential whimsical and humerous touches that make it such a charming experience.Babbacombe Model Village often has special events such as its Winter Wonderland when the entire site is covered in snow as well as periods when it is open for night time illuminations.

Babbacombe Model Village a great place to visit when on a short break in Torquay

 

4. Bygones

Located in St Marychurch this eccentric and eclectic collection that includes a re-creation of a Victorian street as well as a First World War trench and not forgetting a full sized locomotive. Bygones  is just made for drizzly afternoons in winter.

Bygones in St Marychurch a place to visit when on a short break in the south Devon resort of Torquay

 

5. The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway

This small stretch of line that operated between Paignton and Dartmouth passes through some fantastic scenery both coastal and country and has the added benefit of a halt at Greenway so passengers can get off and visit Agatha Christie's house. The Dartmouth Steam Railway expands its services in summer and stays open throughout the winter with a reduced service.

Dartmouth Steam Railway

 

6. Torquay Museum

Just a short walk from Torquay harbour, the museum has an interesting and diverse range of artefacts including the country's only gallery dedicated to Agatha Christie. Torquay Museum has superb temporary exhibitions as well as a programme of lectures. Our Bedford House Apartments are less than a two minute walk from the museum.

Torquay Museum close to the harbour and an ideal destination when on a short break on The English Riviera

 

7. Babbacombe Cliff Railway

This fantastic example of Victorian engineering operates all year and demonstrates the enthusiastic way in which our Victorian ancestors set about solving problems (such as getting up and down to a beach). Today, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway is an attraction in its own right as well as being an easy way to visit Oddicombe beach below.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway a great attraction for people on short breaks to Torquay

 

8. Living Coasts

This attraction is located on Torquay harbourside and is easy to find because of the netting that covers the site. Living Coasts is dedicated to the wildlife (particularly birds) that live in our coastal waters. It also has a colony of penguins.

Living Coasts on Torquay harbourside an attraction for couples on short breaks to Torquay

 

9. The Golden Hind Brixham

This replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship gives an amazing insight into the conditions of Tudor seafarers on a ship that circumnavigated the World. The Golden Hind is a very visible landmark in the centre of Brixham's harbour.

The Golden Hind in Brixham harbour, the main attraction for couples on short breaks in this south Devon port.

 

10. Boat rides across the Bay

A number of ferry operators provide boat services around the bay as well as specific cruises. This is a superb way to see the area from an entirely different perspective. Ticket offices are located around Torquay harbour. One of the main companies is The Western Lady Ferry Company

Passenger ferry services across Torbay linking the English Riviera towns - a great way for people on short breaks to travel in the spring,summer and autumn

 

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English Riviera Airshow


English Riviera Airshow

Back for its fourth year in 2020 and now rebranded as "The English Riviera Airshow" . Why not make your summer break extra special? Airshow on 6th & 7th June.