Things to Do in Torquay
Torquay has some of the best family attractions - for young and old - in South Devon, so plenty to keep everyone entertained.
We've picked some of our favourites that we love to visit as locals, and that our customers tell us are their favourite places to visit!
South West Coastal Path
Okay, so it's not strictly a 'tourist attraction', but a walk along a stretch of the South West Coastal Path is a great day out, and the best way to take in the amazing sea views which Torquay has become synonymous of over the years. We'd recommend taking off from Babbacombe Bay and following the coast round to Meadfoot Beach and beyond. This is a great option if you're bringing your pets on holiday, as it's a great way to get everyone some exercise!
Torre Abbey Museum
Recently renovated and sitting close to the main sandy beach, Torre Abbey Museum is an interesting place to visit. With a seasonal programme of exhibitions, events and activities across visual arts, history and live performance it’s fast becoming the cultural centre of Torbay.
Known locally as 'Torquay's Coastal Zoo', the spectacular Living Coasts is situated on Beacon Quay, next to Torquay Harbourside. From beautiful sealife creatures of the deep to everyone's favourites - the penguins! Living Coasts is twinned with Paignton Zoo, meaning that you can purchase a ticket that will allow you to access both amazing locations, so you can have an even more affordable holidays on the Devon coast. And when you're done, either enjoy a meal in the on site café, or stroll along the harbourside to one of the great local fish and chip restaurants.
Babbacombe Model Village
Ever fancied seeing Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and some of the UK's best loved tourist attractions, but really tiny? Even the youngest of kids will love walking among the giants as you stroll through intricate miniatures of iconic scenes, vehicles and villages. There's also a great gift shop for taking home a truly unique momento of your time in Torquay, but before you leave, don't forget to visit the 4D interactive theatre - an amazing experience and truly immersive in more than one way!
Widely renowned as the Torquay's historical centre, Kent's Cavern offers a truly unique way to step back in time and walk through the prehistoric tunnels of our past. With special activities and tours for kids, it's an exciting and interesting experience for both the young and old in your family. And if you're not necessarily easy on your feet, don't worry! Kent's Cavern is accessible to those who may have limited mobility, and the guides will be more than happy to help you through. Torquay's ancient cave network gets a modern and exciting twist!
Babbacombe Cliff Railway
We love the Babbacombe Cliff Railway. Commissioned and built in the 1920s, this historic way to scale the cliffside links the Babbacombe Downs to Oddicombe Beach. The funicular railway carriages can hold upto forty people at once, meaning that you and the whole family can relax and enjoy the views on the way down to one of Torquay's favourite beaches from it's most iconic viewpoints!