English Riviera Attractions

Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern is by far Britain’s most important prehistoric cave used by ancient humans for the last 500,000 years including Neanderthals and early modern humans.

The caves are open every day for guide tours, 7 days a week with natural caverns, amazing natural formations, remains of mammoth, woolly rhino, sabre-toothed cats, an Ice Age woodland trail quest, nice shop and cafe with views over the Ilsham Valley.

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Agatha Christie Mile

Agatha Christie Mile

Discover more about this popular and intriguing writer by following the Agatha Christie Mile that leads to places she knew and loved: along the busy harbour and stretching along the palm-lined seafront and promenades. It highlights various places she visited or wrote about, and tells you more about her life. For more Agatha Stories visit:

Torquay Museum

If you have a rainy afternoon whilst here, you could visit Torquay Museum which houses an interesting display on Christie amongst other ever changing displays.

Kents Cavern

Alternately, you could visit Kents Cavern – the caves which inspired her interest in archaeology and on which she based one of her plays.

Greenway House

If you’re a fan, or even if you’ve never read one of her books, you’ll still no doubt find details of her life interesting and enjoy a day out at Greenway which is the holiday home she bought and where she spent many happy years living.  It’s now owned by the National Trust and we highly recommend a visit.

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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens are only a 10 minute walk from here and well worth visiting – they also have lovely tea rooms with views out to sea (you can sit indoor or outside).  It was founded in 1196 as a Monastery and has an interesting past having been disestablished in 1539 by King Henry VIII during the Reformation.

Visit the Torre Abbey website for more info

Cockington Country Park and Craft Centre

Cockington Country Park and Craft Centre

Open daily and free admission.  Set in an award-winning country park a mile away from the seafront, Cockington Court is an historic manor house with over twenty craft studios, tea rooms, walled art garden, Tudor rose garden and contemporary art gallery.

Cockington Court is managed as a craft centre, visitor attraction and creative business space. The country park itself, Cockington Country Park, is managed by Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust.

The Kitchen Gallery has a growing reputation in the arts world as a contemporary gallery space of regional significance, having showcased work by artists of international acclaim as well as emerging local talent.  Discover artists and craft makers at work in their studios. Watch the glass blowers create amazing works of art, hear the blacksmith clinking at his forge, and smell the delightful aromas of the delicious handmade chocolates being made by the Chocolatier.

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Castles Houses and Gardens to Visit

Bradley Manor Unspoilt and fascinating medieval manor house but still a relaxed family home.  Wander through rooms untouched by time then unwind in the tranquil gardens. Only open Tuesday -Thursday

Bradley | Devon | National Trust

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these superbly landscaped Grade I listed gardens include historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, woodland railway and a maze.

Home – Bicton Botanical Gardens (bictongardens.co.uk)

Buckfast Abbey Still inhabited by monks, you can tour the well-preserved abbey and gardens.  Gift shop and cafe.  The monks are happy to talk to visitors and sell their Tonic Wine.

Buckfast Abbey – Home to a community of benedictine monks

Coleton Fishacre Step back in time to the jazz age in this evocative country home of the D’Oyly Carte family.  Experience 1920s art deco elegance throughout the house.  Stunning gardens and interesting walk to the bay.

Coleton Fishacre | Devon | National Trust

Compton Castle A dramatic fortified manor house and small formal garden.  Open Tuesday to Thursday only.  No credit cards, cash only. A National Trust property.

Compton Castle | Devon | National Trust

Dartington Hall Gardens 25 acres of Grade II listed gardens open all year-round from dawn until dusk.  Free to enter, but a voluntary donation of £5 is appreciated.

Walking around the Dartington Hall estate

Oldway Mansion The extravagant home built by the Singer (as in sewing machines) family.  Currently closed awaiting development into a hotel and spa, its gardens are still worth a wander round, or have a picnic there.

Oldway Mansion — Torquay – A Local Guide

Overbeck’s A hidden paradise of sub-tropical gardens and the small seaside home of inventor and scientist Otto Overbeck.  The house is full of surprising collections.

Overbeck’s Garden | Devon | National Trust

 Royal Terrace Gardens Also known as Rock Walk.  Created in the early 1890s and newly restored.  Climb to the viewing platform for great aerial views of Torquay.  Equally as beautiful by night when all lit up.

Royal Terrace Gardens – Torbay Council

Saltram House A magnificent Georgian mansion overlooking the River Plym.  Magnificently decorated with original contents.  There’s also gardens, orangery and follies.

Saltram | Devon | National Trust

Totnes Castle A classic Norman motte and bailey Castle, founded soon after the Conquest to overawe the Saxon town.  Lots of steps with great views at the top, but not much else to see or do once there.

Totnes Castle | English Heritage (english-heritage.org.uk)

Entertainment

Princess Theatre A short 15/20-minute walk away on the seafront.  See top names, groups, comedians and professional touring shows. Book a Pre-theatre dinner at Pier Point or Le Bistro Pierre.

Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office | Buy Tickets Online | ATG Tickets

Babbacombe Theatre Found on the seafront at Babbacombe it is home to a whole range of shows throughout the year including their famous variety shows throughout the season on certain nights of the week.

Welcome to the Babbacombe Theatre on the English Riviera | Babbacombe Theatre (babbacombe-theatre.com)

Palace Theatre Situated in Paignton with free parking after 6pm. Many different acts and shows.

The Palace Theatre Paignton – Call 01803 665800 for tickets or book online

Little Theatre Home to the TOADS Theatre Group Based in a converted church.  They have a varied offering featuring classics, thrillers and comedies.

TOADS Theatre Company – Home (toadslittletheatre.co.uk)


Cinemas
There are two local cinemas – Merlin Cinema on Union Street or a smaller one on Abbey Road in Torquay and a multiplex on the seafront in Paignton.

Vue Torbay Cinema | Torbay Cinema Film Listings & Times | Vue (myvue.com)

And

Merlin Cinemas – Homepage

 

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