In 2015, Torquay was named the most popular seaside destination in the UK and fourth most popular place to visit overall in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.
In addition to stunning scenery, we are blessed with fabulous places to eat from award winning fish & chips to Michelin star restaurants. Most are within walking distance and we’ve prepared a guide to some of our favourites and those recommended by our guests.
Many of the local attractions are also within walking distance such as Living Coasts, Torre Abbey & Gardens, the beach, Riviera Conference Centre, Torquay town centre shops & harbour.
There is certainly plenty to see and do in Torbay and wider afield in South Devon – and Court Prior is the ideal location from which to do it!
Torbay boasts 22 miles of unspoilt coastline with 20 beaches and secluded coves. Torquay’s popular beach of Torre Sands offers a safe, sandy beach suitable for bathing. And the Marina next to the harbour offers a wide variety of water sports including jet-skiing, paddle boarding and windsurfing.
Torre Abbey has a story spanning 800 years and was once the most important Abbey of its kind in England. It comprises a historic house, art gallery, tranquil gardens and café. Adjacent to Torre Abbey are tennis courts, bowling green, crazy golf, pitch and putt and the beach.
Situated next to Torquay harbour on Beacon Quay, this unique attraction takes you on a journey around the coastlines of the world without having to leave Torquay. Birds and mammals live in specially designed natural habitats both indoor and outdoor.
Less than a mile away is the beautiful Cockington village and 450 acres of parkland, woodland and lake, with Cockington Court craft centre and church at its centre. The village has winding lanes, thatched cottages, gift shops and cafes.
One of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe and one of Britain’s best showcaves! Take a stroll through the beautiful caverns and enjoy the same experience as your ancestors did, nearly half a million years ago.
Paignton Zoo is home to thousands of amazing animals and plants. Visit the desert, cross the savannah, explore the forest and trek through the tropics. It’s a great day out and sure to keep you amused and interested all day.
Explore a world in miniature at the acclaimed Model Village, ride down to the beach in style on the historic cliff railway, or just relax on the downs and admire the stunning sea views.
Further great places to visit include:
Ancient narrow streets house boutique shops, art galleries and cafes. The cobbled market place features colourful stalls and Farmers’ markets supplying local produce.
National Trust Gardens
Greenway – Agatha Christies’ holiday home
Coleton Fishacre – 1920s country retreat complete with luxuriant garden by the sea
Compton Castle – dramatic fortified manor house and small formal garden
Dartmoor National Park is a nature reserve and home to many wild and rare species of flowers & plants, as well as an idyllic landscape for walkers
National Marine Aquarium
One of Devon’s most popular attractions and includes several huge aquaria featuring a wide range of marine life. Approx. 45 minutes’ drive from Torquay to Plymouth.