Local Attractions

ocean adventures 

If you are thinking of things to do in Torquay. You’re in the right place

Ocean Adventures Website


Situated on the gorgeous seafront at Goodrington Sands, we boast some of the English Riviera's most spectacular views! Splashdown Quaywest is the UK's BIGGEST outdoor waterpark, and we couldn't think of anywhere better for it!

greenway house

Agatha Christie was known locally by her married name, Mrs Mallowan, and her time spent at her holiday home, Greenway, was all about quality time with the family, away from the public eye.

In the Library you can’t miss Greenway’s unexpected treasure; a frieze painted during World War Two by Lt Marshall Lee, a member of the US.. Coast Guard stationed at the house in the run up to the D Day landings.

greenway website

paignton zoo

With over 2,500 animals across 80 acres – you’re in for a really wild time at Paignton Zoo.

Located in Devon, Paignton Zoo is one of the South West's most exciting visitor attractions. It’s a place to roam, discover and get in touch with your inner animal.

Paignton zoo website

kents cavern

As you wander through these large caves, you'll be following in the footsteps of early adventurers who unearthed a vast array of bones and artefacts. Explore the incredible geological story of Kents Cavern and witness spectucular stalactites and stalagmites, which adorn the cave walls.

kents cavern website

coleton fishacre

Rupert D'Oyly Carte and Lady Dorothy chose the location for their country home while they were sailing. Find out about the the people who built and shaped Coleton Fishacre house and garden.

babbacombe model village

Adults love the humorous representation of British life over the last six decades and the award-winning gardens.

Children love all the miniature characters and enjoy following the spotter sheet to see what they can find.babbacombe model village website


Back in the 1980s, Ken Cuming's obsession with railwayana started to out-grow his house. The final straw for wife, Patricia Cuming, came in 1986 when Ken purchased a huge 27-ton railway engine from Falmouth Docks. As good fortune would have it, the couple spotted that the old cinema had become available in St. Marychurch and they bravely took the plunge to turn their hobby into a family business. Bygones was born.         bygones website

jet set go

Bringing the opportunity to experience the exhilarating sport of jet skiing to a wide audience in a safe environment. This is a unique way to explore the stunning surroundings of the English Riviera.

Suitable for: anyone over the age of 18 (or 14 if accompanied by an adult).           jet set go website

dartmouth steam railway & river boat

Based on the glorious South Devon coastline in South West England, enjoy your days out in Devon on our steam trains, boat trips and paddle steamer - the only attraction in Devon that lets you enjoy the delights of Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and the River Dart, Kingswear and Totnes on your day out!         steam railway website

Photo below used by kind permission of the ERBID Company

cockington country park

Cockington Country Park is a beautiful mix of picturesque well-ordered garden landscapes, open parkland, rural countryside and substantial woodland. Tucked in amongst this 450 acre park are three pretty ornamental lakes, a historic Manor House with craft centre and studios, a chocolate box village, delightful thatched cottages and a quaint church.              cockington country park website


south west coastal path

Come to the beach anywhere in the South West of England, turn left or right and you’ll be on the South West Coast Path and on the edge of an amazing experience. Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline which makes up the longest National Trail in the UK? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences.
south west coastal path website

Photo below used by kind permission of the ERBID Company

torre abbey

The story of Torre Abbey began on 25 March 1196 with the arrival of an abbot and six canons at Torre (the area from which the later names of Torquay and Torbay are derived).  They had been sent from Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, following a gift of land from the lord of the manor of Torre, William Brewer.

Torre Abbey website


golden hind museum ship

There's so much to see and explore above and below the five decks of the Golden Hind Museum Ship in Brixham, with many hands on-exhibits, giving visitors of all ages a wonderful insight into life aboard Sir Francis Drake's Tudor galleon. The Ship is open from spring to autumn come rain or shine and is an all-weather attraction with indoor displays as well as wide open decks.

golden hind website

Photo below used by kind permission of the ERBID Company

torquays dinosaur world

Torquay’s Dinosaur World is a fun interactive indoor exhibition that brings the world of dinosaurs to life. See amazing full size & scaled dinosaurs, discover incredible fossils, learn about these awesome beasts, enjoy our fun Family Explorer Quiz and even sit on a deadly dinosaur.dinosaur world website


sea kayak torbay

Our half-day tours are perfect for beginners, novices and those with some skills already, you can expect to see Seals and several remote coves where we will stop at a beach to toast marshmallows and create rock art. Our full day Geopark Safaris are even more relaxed than our half days. With more time we can catch our lunch and cook it on the beach. We will visit more coves and take multiple beach visits traveling at a snails pace. Our taster tours are great for those with less time and want an introduction to kayaking, or a quick blast around the beach. 10% discount for Bridge Group members and their guests.

Sea Kayak Torbay

buckfast abbey

Buckfast Abbey forms part of an active Benedictine monastery at Buckfast, near Buckfastleigh, Devon, England. Buckfast first became home to an abbey in 1018. The first Benedictine abbey was followed by a Savignac abbey constructed on the site of the current abbey in 1134.

Buckfast Abbey website


english heritage

The historic places in our care span six millennia and include palaces, houses, hill figures, castles, abbeys, industrial sites, Roman forts and even deserted medieval villages.

Caring for these places and their collections for the benefit of this and future generations is a cornerstone of everything we do. The generous support of many donors enables us to do this.

English Heritage Torquay website

western lady ferry

"Western Lady" have been operating a fine ferry service between Brixham & Torquay for over 70 years.

The 30 minute ferry ride across the Bay to Brixham and returning to Torquay is a stress-free delightful way to view Torbay from the sea, especially when the sun is shining!

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galaxy tq

We have our own dedicated Snooker Room with 8 quality full size tables to use while in our main bar area we have 5 American pool and 10 English pool tables available to hire. Torquay’s Premier Sports Bar with live Sky & BT sports shown on 2 huge HD screens. BDO darts zone and licensed bar. No membership required, just pay to play

Galaxy TQ website

torbay cycle hire

We are a new family run business bringing what we hope is a new vitality and adventure to the Torbay area.
We can provide you with all  the equipment needed to enjoy the wonderful sights with our hilly environment without the strain on your legs and wallet.

Our electric bikes are modern, easy and maintained to the highest standards by a local business, Dialled in bike and Halfords.

reach outdoors

No visit to the English Riviera is complete without a trip to Reach Outdoors. We have the remedy to all of your adventure needs whether it be Coasteering, Kayaking or Stand Up Paddle Boarding.  Our family friendly adventures are suitable for all ages 8+  Our top of the range equipment, super friendly instructors and simply stunning coastal environment create the perfect setting for a truly memorable experience. We have something for all levels of adventure seeker, from 1.5 hour tours in Paddle Boarding and Kayaking to 3 hour Coasteering tours. Book using our online booking system:  reach-outdoors.com/event-booking  or if you have a group of 8 participants or more, then we can arrange a private session for you. With sessions starting from just  £20pp including all equipment and guiding a visit to Reach Outdoors  is a must this Summer!