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Torquay Guide

Although Torquay has been a real hotspot for tourists for years, it’s still good to get a new perspective on all the great stuff it has to offer. We love this hotbed of chilled out surf vibes – here’s the lowdown on your destination!

Getting In


If you can persuade a couple of the girls to drive down to Torquay, you’ll find it easier to get around in Devon where public transport is notoriously flaky. You’ll need to use the A380 to get to Torquay which lies just off the M5 for Exeter.


Getting the train to Torquay is also perfectly viable but can sometimes take a long while for the service to navigate the entirety of a pretty albeit rather lengthy coastal journey. Get off at Torquay station which is located conveniently close to the seafront, meaning that you’ll only be a short walk away from your accommodation.

Entertainment Venues

Torquay Central Cinema

A trip to the cinema is the perfect way to relax and unwind, plus it’s ideal for dodging the rain if drizzle is getting in the way of your afternoon on the beach! See the latest releases, as well as indie films which don’t usually make it to the big screen.

Princess Theatre

This fantastic venue is housed in a beautiful 1930s art deco building typical of the Riviera area and is home to loads of great acts and touring shows. You can see comedy, drama and musicals throughout the year – Jimmy Carr, Dirty Dancing, Ed Byrne and Cats have all graced this stage.

Top of the Shops

There are a lot of beautiful, quaint independent shops in Torquay, making it a fantastic place to shop and pick up unique gifts for other or just yourself!

Cockington Chocolate Company

Once you and the girls have stopped giggling over the slightly dubious name, you’ll all love the scrummy handmade chocolate gifts which range from truffles to fun lollies and even wedding cakes and favours.

Dress Code

This cute boutique provides the perfect way to update your wardrobe or find that special piece. They stock everything from beautiful evening wear to jackets and suits or handbags and more casual clothes.

Torquay Candle Company

If you thought you had no use for a candle carved into the shape of a naked lady, you’re all wrong because this shop makes the most incredible carved candles. Pick up waxy versions of your favourite statues, fruits or vegetables and burn away when you get home!


If you and the girls love rummaging through antique or vintage shops for choice finds, you’ll all love Boom! Which specialises in fashions from the 30s to the 80s. They’ve been in business for many years and it’s the ideal place to pick up a fantastic and unique bargain.

Because the best things in life are free…

We’re all about saving you money and so we decided to put together a list of great things to do here absolutely free of charge.

Beach bums

One of the best things about Torquay is that the main attraction, the beach, is absolutely free! Walk along the same beautiful golden sands that tourists, pleasure seekers and holidaying families have been enjoying for years and throw a ball about, loll in the warm weather (Torquay is famous for having a ‘microclimate’ so toasty that palm trees can grow) or get yourselves an ice cream and just have a good old catch up. Perfect!

Princess Gardens

See the aforementioned palm trees in this gorgeous beachside promenade which is lined with bright pretty flowers and a huge water feature. It’s often used for festivals and events, so you might be able to catch somethingfun when you’re around.

Agatha Christie literary Trail

For any bookworms or mystery fans amongst you, the Agatha Christie trail is well worth a look. It’s impossible to ignore the Christie references whilst you’re away in Torquay, so why not embrace it and learn fun facts like the reason why the author became so interested in poisons – she trained as a nurse and pharmacist! Creepy.

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