Torquay, in Devon, is the most fashionable resort on the so-called “English Riviera”. Attractions in the area include the many popular beaches, the Babbacombe model village, and Kents Cavern. Torquay hotel and bed-and-breakfast accommodation is quite easy to find. The tourist information center can provide much useful information.
The English Riviera coast is in south Devon, facing east onto Torbay. The three main towns on the coast are Paignton, Brixham, and Torquay. The last named of these three is the most cosmopolitan and fashionable. It developed into a major summer destination when the railway arrived in the 19th-century.
The town has nine sandy beaches, all with high standards of water quality. The area has one of the warmest micro-climates of the United Kingdom, and it is one of the few areas of England in which palm trees can be grown.
Other attractions in the area include the Babbacombe model village, and Kents Cavern. The village, in the Babbacombe suburb, contains thousands of miniature buildings, people, and vehicles, presenting a humorous slice of English life. The attraction also has indoor and outdoor model railways.
The Kents Cavern underground cave system receives about 80,000 visitors annually. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Formed around 2 million years ago by water action, it was inhabited by early humans about 500,000 years ago. There is a visitor center providing much interesting information on the geological and archaeological history of the site.
Devon and Cornwall, in the south-west of England, have been popular holiday destinations since the arrival of the railway in the 19th-century. Torquay still has a railway station, and the town may also be easily reached by road (M5 to Exeter, then take the A38/A380). The nearest airport is at Exeter.
Torquay hotel accommodation is plentiful, and can be easily found, either by contacting the local tourist information centre, or through the national tourist board’s “Enjoy England” website.