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Torquay (pronounced “Tor-Key”) is often called the “English Riviera” and though you might think this is being a bit facetious (after all, “Faulty Towers” was set here) it is actually quite a good description of the area with it's wonderful harbour, somewhat nicer-than-normal shops and spectacular cliffs.

Busy Harbour Area

The town is situated on the ocean in a large bay with “Paignton” a short distance along and the charming small town of Brixham opposite. The harbour is the main focus of life here with it's many boats, cafés and places to eat though there is a beach and a high street just across a busy road filled with normal big-name shops.

Busy Road

There are a number of the typical English seaside town attractions including a small theatre and arcades but in Torquay it is all a bit…nicer.


Getting around can be a bit tricky with parking provided only in a scattering of small, local car parks (pay and display). There is a tourist “land train” here operating all along the coast that is worth the money if you have to go any distance or just want to see the area. The “Torquay” train station is located a short distance away near to the beach.

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