Torquay is one of three main towns referred to as the English Riviera and located around Torbay, an east-facing bay in the south-west of England. Torquay is famous for being the birth place of Agatha Christie.
Torquay's Waterfront is the focus of life in the town. Here you'll find the palm-lined promenade, seafront gardens, a lively harbor and an international marina. Living Coasts Wildlife Attraction is a new centre piece and around it is a growing promenade of stylish cafes and restaurants.
Within minutes of the town centre there are beautiful beaches easily accessible by foot, road or water. There are attractions to suit every interest: from ancient evidence of cavemen at Kent’s Cavern to modern day amusement in miniature at Babbacombe Model Village.
Things to see and do
* Cockington Village
* Torquay Museum
* Babbacombe Model Village
* Kent’s Cavern Show Caves
* Royal Terrace Gardens Rock Walk
Cruise Season – March to Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (GDP)
Language – English
Land Area – 62.88 sq km
Population – 133,000
Electricity – British-style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – +44
Port Location – The closest major port to the English Riviera is Plymouth, located approximately one hour to the west by road.
Transport Links - Express bus services provide fast links between Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth. Regular train services from Paignton, Torquay and Newton Abbot. A regular ferry service runs from Torquay to Brixham and back, taking approximately 30 minutes. Riverlink run local ferry trips on the River Dart as well as a tour to Greenway Gardens, the home of the late Agatha Christie, now open as a National Trust Garden. A brightly coloured road train runs a circular route along Torquay seafront and back down through the town centre.