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Local Travel Guide

Torquay and Paignton, along with the neighbouring fishing town of Brixham, make up the area of Torbay. With its sandy beaches, rocky coves, picturesque harbours, palm trees and mild climate, it’s not really surprising that the area is referred to as the English Riviera.

A long time popular destination for coastal holidays, Torquay, the birthplace and home of crime writer Agatha Christie, is steeped in history. The town is famed for its situation among seven green hills and boasts fabulous sea views along with palm-lined promenades which lead to the lively harbour side and marina, where there are cafes and boutique shops a plenty.

Paignton is, and always has been, a popular seaside resort attracting families and couples alike due to its scenery, attractions and bustling pier.

Cockington Village

Enjoy a cream tea in truly idyllic surroundings. Cockington Village is home to many quaint thatched cottages, craftworkers and acres of woodland and gardens. It’s quite a unique place to visit and enjoyable for all the family.

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Kents Cavern

These prehistoric caves, at over 500,000 years old are the oldest recognisable examples of human dwelling in the UK.

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Living Coasts

Living Coasts is a very popular family attraction. It is situated right on the coast and is home to a wide array of marine wildlife from puffins to penguins, fur seals to ducks.

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Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway

Another popular attraction is the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. The steam train travels along the spectacular Torbay coast to Churston and through the wooded slopes to Kingswear (for ferry to Dartmouth).

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Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo is a favourite with the family, it is one of England’s most beautiful and largest zoos boasting a collection of some 1,200 animals, representing over 300 species. It has also been featured on the recent ITV television programme, The Zoo Story.

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