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The area of Torbay on the English Riviera consists of three towns, Torquay, Paignton & Brixham. The largest of these three towns is Torquay.
Torbay is the beautiful expanse of sea which Torquay overlooks. Facing east, and shaped like a horseshoe, this sheltered, natural harbour is in part responsible for the exceptional mildness of the climate – and for the stunning sea vistas from just about every point in town. It also gave the resort its popular name; “The English Riviera” was the title bestowed by Royal Navy captains stationed here during the Napoleonic Wars, many of whom later returned in peace times to build Italianate style homes.
Torquay’s heyday was as a late Victoria winter health resort – attracting royalty and nobility from all over Europe for the “season”. In fact it wasn’t until the 1920’s that Torquay gained in popularity as a summer resort. For the rest of the century, of course, Torquay remained one of the most popular seaside holiday destinations in Britain.
Torquay’s heyday was as a late Victoria winter health resort – attracting royalty and nobility from all over Europe for the “season”
The waterfront in Torquay is the focus of life in the town. Here you'll find the palm-lined promenade, seafront gardens, a lively harbour and a marina full of exotic yachts. Torquay is a truly all-year-round resort, appealing to people of all ages with lots to see and do at any time of the year. The other two towns on the Bay offer a complete contrast - Paignton is very much a traditional English seaside town, with great beaches, pier, entertainments and waterpark, while Brixham is a picturesque and bustling fishing town, with active harbour and colourful seafront cottages.
The picture-postcard thatched village and country park of Cockington, right in the heart of Torbay, is another “must-see” – the family home of one of Torquay’s founding families for centuries, the Cockington country park retains its village feel to this day, with thatched cottages, Normal Church, Lutyens-designed pub, and acres of park and woodland. The original Manor house is now a thriving arts and crafts centre. Torquay is also famous as the birthplace of two 20th century icons.
The English Riviera” was the title bestowed by Royal Navy captains stationed here during the Napoleonic Wars
Agatha Christie was born, raised and inspired here and later in life purchased the magnificent Greenway House and gardens, overlooking the River Dart as the family’s summer home. This is now owned by the National Trust and makes for a fascinating visit.
Torquay is the perfect base for exploring neighbouring South Devon, with its exotic and world famous gardens, coastal towns and historic villages, thriving and fascinating cities and of course the unique landscapes of Dartmoor, all within 30 minutes or so.
The picture-postcard thatched village and country park of Cockington, right in the heart of Torbay, is another “must-see”
You can enjoy all that Torquay has to offer in Daish's hotel, The Devonshire.
Situated within its own grounds, the Devonshire Hotel, with lawns and sun patio, is just a few minutes away from Torquay harbour and the town centre. Situated on the hill above the town, the area around the hotel is flat, close to the popular local Meadfoot beach.
Bedrooms are centrally heated with shower and/or bath, digital TV, tea & coffee making facilities. Comfortable lounge areas or the sun patio provide the perfect setting in which to enjoy morning coffee or afternoon tea. Reception is the place to book excursions, order newspapers and packed lunches, or pick up information on local tours, sights and travel arrangements.
The spacious dining room overlooking the garden serves homely food with a great atmosphere. A good selection of wine to accompany your meal is available from the bar. At night the dining room is cleared and becomes our entertainment lounge. The Devonshire also hosts some of the best live acts in Torquay.