Torquay is set in the heart of the English Riviera and has been one of the United Kingdom’s top holiday destinations since Victorian times, attracting visitors of all ages and interests. With a climate that belongs much further South, Torquay is a place to relax, soak up the atmosphere and take in the scenery. Watch the world go by from the pavement cafes and restaurants around the lively harbour and marina. Enjoy a gentle stroll along the palm-lined promenade and through the award winning public parks and gardens. You will find an abundance of shops, restaurants and nightlife that will cater for eveyone’s taste.
Babbacombe and St Marychurch
These two small villages on the edge of town have much to offer people of all ages and provide a unique experience that is enjoyed by all. If you are looking for somewhere to discover when holidaying on the English Riviera, they offer a delightful alternative to Torquay town centre, with beautiful gardens, independent shops, a wide range of tea rooms and restaurants with stunning views and a number of local attractions.
Experience the tranquility of a living monastery. Buckfast Abbey is famous for it’s Tonic wine. The recipe for the Tonic wine is attributed to the original French monks who settled at the Abbey in the 1880’s. From soon after the re-foundation of the monastery in 1882, bees have been kept at the Abbey. From Spring 2010 the Bee Department will be running courses for those who wish to start beekeeping or learn about bees.
Famous for it’s long, sandy beaches, paddler-friendly waters and colourful bustling pier, Paignton remains a popular, traditional seaside resort.
The bustling town of Brixham snuggles in the Southern corner of the English Riviera protected by Berry Head and looking out across Torbay. The colourful cottages, built for the fishermen, cover the hillsides in the quaint, narrow terraces, framing the harbour and the busy shopping streets of the town centre.
The ancient borough of Totnes enjoys a prominent position above the river Dart. The town is one of Devon’s gems; full of both colour and character, that stems from a rich cultural, historical and archaeological heritage. Totnes is well known throughout South Devon for the charm of it’s independently-owned shops and you can buy everything from a walking stick to a didgeridoo.
In the middle of the rolling hills and picturesque creeks, Dartmouth has a nautical charm and a fascinating history, reflected in it’s architecture. Ancient narrow streets house boutique shops, art galleries and delicatessens. A cobbled market place features colourful stalls and Farmer’s markets supplying local produce. Why not leave the car at Villa Marina and travel to Dartmouth by boat or steam train.
The historic and vibrant waterfront city of Plymouth is where a spirited maritime heritage meets a lively cultural scene which can be enjoyed by people of all ages throughout the year. Plymouth has the largest regional shopping centre at it’s heart with a wide range of independent and brand shops for all tastes. A well laid out series of shopping districts, department stores and markets are well served by transport and car parks leaving you free to wander on foot from area to area.
Exeter is a beautiful city with over 2,000 years of history and is the cultural heart of the west Country, hosting a year round programme of vibrant festivals and events. The city’s compact size means all the best bits are within easy walking distance of each other, from the spectacular Cathedral to the historic quayside and the distinctive shopping quarters.