Local Attractions & Things to Do
Undoubtedly Kents Cavern is one of the most special caves in the country. The incredible geology and rich archaeological heritage of the cave has been astounding scientists and visitors alike for centuries. Records show the mysteries of the caves have been enticing explorers to venture into their depths since 1571. However, archaeological evidence and research reveals that people and animals have been visiting the caves for hundreds of thousands of years.
Kents Cavern is a gateway visitor centre for UNESCO's English Riviera Global Geopark. The Geopark reveals a geological story that goes back 400 million years and one which has shaped the landscape and cultural heritage of the area. Kents Cavern is a protected national site because it is by far the most important prehistoric cave dwelling in Britain. It is known around the world for its archaeological record of prehistoric human life in ancient Europe.
Take time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and visit this famous Torquay attraction to feel on top of the world as you see it recreated in miniature. Thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles, along with animated scenes and touches of English humour, capture the essence of England's past, present and future. All set in 4 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens. Don't miss one of Devon's most popular days out! Babbacombe Model Village Hampton Avenue Torquay.
Lazy Days in Devon
Fat Freddies Boat Parties
Fancy a night out with a difference, come and join in Fat Freddys Boat Partys. Leaving from Haldon Pier in Torquay, large range of dates available, weekend tickets available at a discount Dress to impress.
Steam Train Rides
The train leaves Paignton railway station, going along the coast, then overland before following the river Dart into Dartmouth. 01803 555872
Round Robin Trip
The famous, completely organised trip starts in Paignton, where you catch the Steam Train to Dartmouth. From Dartmouth to Totnes by river cruise. Then from Totnes back to Paignton by open top bus. 01803 555872
Dartmouth is the Jewel of the South Hams. It is on the mouth of the River Dart with steep hills. Ancient narrow streets house boutique shops, art galleries & delicatessens. A cobbled market place features colourful stalls and Farmers markets supplying local produce used by our gourmet restaurants, pubs & cafes. Sail, fish, explore by boat or come at festival time. For a treat or enjoy visits to the Castle, Britannia Royal Naval College and National Trust Gardens. Walk the South West Coast Path or laze on our clean beaches. Don’t forget to visit the tourist office to see a working Newcomen Engine!
Brixham couldn't be more of a contrast to both it's Torbay neighbours, Torquay and Paignton. Brixham has a stunning little harbor, and is extremely popular with day trippers. Fish food stalls line the harbor, a selection of shops, great pubs serving real ale and a choice of Devon Ice cream shops. Brixham is a great place for gentle strolling, watching the fishing boats, and walking out onto the jetties. There's lots of parking available adjacent to the town centre.
Long sandy beaches, first class attractions and a vibrant Paignton has them all. Life revolves around the seafront, which resonates with the sounds of laughter and fun, but there are other sides to this distinctive seaside resort. Discover the elegance of Oldway Mansion built by the Singer sawing machine family, the green coastline around Elberry Cove, and many other aspects of this famous town.
Most of the town is level with the seafront and its sandy beaches, pier, harbour and theatres, all within easy reach. Paignton Green is the home of many events, festivals and exhibitions throughout the year, providing a scenic focal point for the resort. In the high season, carnivals, regattas and festivals follow each other without pause, and every August the Green holds a Children's Week - seven days in Paignton devoted to giving children the best time of their lives.
At night, Paignton's seafront comes alive and is perfect for an evening stroll. There is a variety of excellent food and drink, and between the multiplex cinema and the redevelopment of the historic Palace Theatre, there is an exciting mix of quality entertainment all year round.
Don't forget to visit the Paignton treats of Winner's Street, renowned for its local antiquities and curiosities, and Occombe Farm, a working organic farm with nature reserve and farm shop.
Most Wednesday nights are bike nights. Expect 500 to 1,000 motor bikes parked and displayed on the seafront.
Totnes is known for its bohemian alternative lifestyle. There is lots of Yoga, Aromatherapy, Vegetarianism and general “Green” ideas. Browse the book shops and unique restaurants.
Exeter is a city and considered the capital of Devon. It has a landmark Cathedral and shopping centre to rival most cities
Visit Widecombe in the Moor
Widecombe in the Moor is famous for its fair. At its heart is very nice pub come restaurant. It’s an ideal destination because it takes up over Dartmoor National Park. It’s a very pleasant day trip by car.
Only a mile behind Torquay seafront, the Domesday book village of Cockington has hardly changed through the centuries.
Go and explore this special village, its historic manor house and the 460 acres of beautiful parkland, woodland and farmland around. The Court is also home to a wide variety of skilled craftsmen - watch them as they work and perhaps take a unique gift home with you! It is completely free to enter and you can lose yourself here for a whole day!
The landscape of Cockington has been shaped by its inhabitants for the last thousand years and there are miles of walks to explore.
Visit Dartmoor National Park
The main way onto the park is via the town of Bovey Tracy. You then climb up on to the moor. Stop of at Haytor Rock or just wonder around the moor. Most of South Devon can be seen on a clear day
Considered the centre of Dartmoor. It is the location of a large Napoleonic Prison (Dartmoor Prison) that use to hold England’s most dangerous prisoners, because of it’s remote location it was considered inescapable from.
One of the larges Zoos in the UK with three thousand animals, five different habitats and acres of activities you’re in for a great day out at Paignton Zoo, but what will you tackle first? Do you cross the hair-raising Crocodile Swamp, home to the world’s largest croc species? Get close to our closest cousins at Monkey Heights or mix with the kangaroos hopping around the hills? Totnes Rd, Paignton TQ4 7EU
Greenaway ferries offer a range of cruise and ferry crossings. Their booking number is 01803 882811 or visit their stand at the base of the Pier, or at various stands around the harbour
1) Torquay to Brixham ferry 2) Sunset and illuminations from a cruise around the bay. 3) Site seeing cruise of Torbay 4) Torquay to Babbacombe stopping for dinner at the Cary Arms then returning 5) Torquay to Dartmouth Ferry 6) Cruise the river Dart from Dartmouth to Totnes. Beaches
Torbay has 20 beaches. This is some of the more popular
Oddicombe Beach. Sand and shingle beach just below the north end of Babbacombe Downs. Parking is half a mile from the beach. Steep access but try the cliff railway (great fun). No dogs, swimming safe with care, toilets, cafe, beach shop, deckchair/sunbed hire.
Torre Abbey Sands / Corbyn Sands Right below you. A tidal, sandy beach right in the heart of Torquay's so lots of parking nearby. Very high tides will cover the sand. Dogs banned, swimming safe with care, toilets, cafe, beach shop, deckchair/sunbed hire and chalet hire. Just across the road from Torre Abbey Meadows parkland.
Corbyn Sands (Torquay) A small beach just south of Torre Abbey sands, this sand and shingle beach has all the same facilities as Torre Abbey Sands.
Preston Sands (Paignton)A beautiful long sandy beach with easy access but limited parking. Dogs banned, swimming safe with care, cafe, beach shop, deckchair/sunbed hire and beach hut hire.
Paignton Beach (Paignton) Long sandy beach with Paignton Pier at its centre. Easy access, large grassy green adjacent and ample parking nearby. Lots of kiosks and cafes by the beach and amusements on the pier. Dogs are banned, swimming safe with care, toilets, deckchair/sunbed hire and pedaloes.
Goodrington Sands (Paignton) Long sandy beach with Seashore Centre, Quaywest Waterpark, Youngs Park and Inn on the Quay all right behind the beach. Plenty of kiosks, toilets and amusements, swimming safe with care, deckchair and sunbed hire. Dogs allowed on North Sands only. Excellent low tide
Broadsands (Paignton) Long sandy beach, with good access and parking and a large green behind the promenade. Dogs banned, swimming safe with care, cafe, beach shop, (no amusements) deckchair/sunbed hire and beach huts for hire. Pedaloes and boats for hire.
The harbour side is the focus of Torquay’s nightlife. It has a range of late night bars and night clubs.
Or shall we dine out?
For the Children
Trago mills Newton Abbot.
Big shopping centre with children’s attractions.
Decoy park Newton Abbot.
Play park, water park, boating lake, woodland walk, wildlife.
Teignmouth sea front.
Skate ramps, play park,water park, crazy golf, beach, attractions.
Paignton victory parade.
Skate ramps, crazy golf, beach, attractions.
Rock pooling / crabbing.
Rock pooling, Goodrington or Paignton. Crabbing , Torquay or Paignton harbour.
River Dart Country Park.
Bare feet, Newton Abbot.
Soft play fun house.
Rainbow fun house. Torquay.
Soft play fun house.
Go Karts. Churston/ Paignton.
Crealy Adventure park.
Woodlands Adventure park.
Walking Kingskerswell downs.
Five minute walk away, out the main entrance gates turn left just after the kennels on the right.
The main company number is 01626 444567
Emergencies and any help needed
In an emergency, we are available on; 01803 875701 house, Dave 07766311700 or Sarah 07734880909.
Kingskerswell doctors ;01803 874 455. Post code. tq12 5dj
A&E Torbay Hospital; 01803 614567 Post code. Tq2 7aa.
Groceries. The nearest grocery store is the Co op in kingskerswell. Tq12 5ht
Sainsbury Newton Abbot, tq12 1bn .
Sports centre/ swimming pools.
English Rivera Centre Torquay , tel 01803 211 211. Tq2 5jg
Pay and play Dainton golf club 18 hole , 01803 815000. Tq125tn.
Hele 9 hole , 01626 336060. Tq12 6jn.
Restaurants/pubs food (close to home)
The Bickley mill. 01803 873201 . tq125ln 1mile.
Court farm Inn Abbotskerswell, 01626 361866 . tq12 5pg 2miles
Barn owl Kingskerswell, 01803 872130 . tq12 5an 2miles
Hare and hounds,01803 873119, tq125hh. 2miles
Old Church House Inn, Torbryan 01803 812372. 5miles
Church House Inn ,Marldon, 01803 558279. Tq3 1sl. 4miles
Torquay eating out.
Torquay has about 50 restaurants. Torwood street has 10 or more, all virtually next to each other. English/French.
Orange Tree Restaurant 14-16 Parkhill Road Torquay TQ1 2AL 01803 213936 (Close to the harbour) Two course meal around £26. (Taxi £4/5 each way) Small and intimate. Great staff and meals. Definitely one of my favourite restaurants. Difficult to get a booking!!!
Hennessy Restaurant 41 Torwood Street Torquay TQ1 1DZ 01803 290900 (Close to the harbour) Situated a short walk from Torquay Harbour, the stylish Hennessy Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge is the perfect setting to enjoy some of the finest food in Torbay. Enjoy a drink in the luxurious surroundings of the Cocktail Lounge before taking the sweeping staircase towards the 120-seat Restaurant. Two course meal around £26.
The Cary Arms, Babbacombe |Beach, Torquay TQ1 3LX 01803 327110 A pub and a very good restaurant. This is all about atmosphere. You can sit outside next the sea and have a drink, snacks or a complete meal. Go early, no later than 7pm to catch the sun set. Two course meal around £26.
Pizza Express, 16 the Strand, Torquay. TQ1 2AA 01803 200044 (On the harbour) Definitely the best Pizzas in town. Two course meal around £10+.
The Elephant, 3 Beacon Terrace, Torquay, TQ1 2BH 01803 200044 (On the harbour) A stylish cocktail bar and restaurant of high standard. Harbour views. Two course meal around £35.
Thai Thai Star Restaurant, 21 Vaughan Parade, Torquay TQ1 2BB 01803 297631 (On the harbour).
Chinese Kim Saigon Restaurant 50 Torwood Street, Torquay TQ1 1DT 0180 321 3344
Indian Eastern Eye, eat in. TQ12 2EU, 01626 331155
Takeaways that deliver to this address.
Indian Eastern eye, tq12 2eu 01626331155.
Chinese China garden tq12 2bn 01626 367288.
Domino’s Pizza 01626 366662.