We’ve long known that Torquay is a fantastic choice for a UK staycation. Basking on the world-famous English Riviera, with Paignton and Brixham alongside, it offers fantastic all year round holidays for everyone, is surrounded by beautiful beaches and stunning countryside, and is within a UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark.
Its attractions have been officially recognised by TripAdvisor, which named Torquay as the UK’s top seaside resort – an award that’s very much worth having: “These awards are based on millions of reviews and ratings by those that really matter – travellers themselves,” said TripAdvisor spokesperson James Kay. “Torquay’s strong showing, the highest of any town in the UK, is testament to the unquestionable appeal of this seaside destination.”
With events and festivals going on all year round, attractions galore, bundles of beauty spots, oodles of outdoor activities, and the wonderful sea to harvest for excellent food, plus a huge range of accommodation, it’s no surprise that it’s seen as the heart of the British seaside holiday.
Torquay attractions and events
Torquay’s hugely popular with families and anyone looking for a fun-filled time and beautiful beaches. Animal-lovers will enjoy Paignton Zoo – home to some of the planet’s rarest and most amazing creatures, including gorillas, giraffes, lions, tigers and rhinos. Or try Living Coasts, an award-winning coastal zoo which is home to a magnificent array of marine life from around the world – as well as Devonian seals and otters. Scary-yet-exciting is Kents Cavern, a labyrinth of stone age caves which offers tours and hands-on activities, making it great for both kids and adults. Fans of (fun!) history will also enjoy the Victorian journey at Bygones, whilst Babbacombe Model Village has to be experienced for the detail and thought that’s gone into it – and because even the smallest child gets to feel like a giant there!