Lots of things to do and see
With more attractions than any other seaside resort in the UK, there is something for everyone! Whether you’re on holiday, a short break or visiting the English Riviera for a day, there’s a fantastic range of things to do, attractions and events for you to enjoy.
Family Fun Days Out
Become a pirate on the replica ship the Golden Hind, try your hand at rope tying, hauling, or steering the ship’s wheel in the heart of the traditional fishing village Brixham. Feel like a giant at Babbacombe Model Village, and see if you can spot the fire-breathing dragon at one of the largest model villages in the UK. Thrill seekers can get their adrenaline pumping at Splashdown Quaywest and ride 8 flumes whilst overlooking the sea at Goodrington Sands. For a unique day out in a traditional English village, head to Cockington Court where you can watch skilled craft makers, including blacksmiths and glassblowers at work as you wander around the 17th century manor house and large country park.
Explore the Outdoors
Animal lovers can release their inner animal when they come face to face with over 2,000 animals at Paignton Zoo. Get closer to wildlife at the organic, working Occombe Farm – see how many animals you can spot as you wander around the farm, gardens, and nature trail.
Explore the spectacular grounds at Torre Abbey, complete with Agatha Christie Potent Plants Gardens! Head inside and visit the 800-year-old Abbey with interactive galleries and art exhibitions.
Visit our National Trust properties and gardens, Agatha Christie’s Greenway and Coleton Fishacre. Discover an extraordinary glimpse of the life of the Queen of Crime at Greenway and explore the magical wilderness of the gardens. Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the magnificent house at Coleton Fishacre and lose yourself in the large gardens with spectacular sea views.
Things to Do on Rainy Days
Whatever the weather, there’s never a dull moment on the English Riviera. For all year-round indoor fun, enjoy a family day out at Waves Leisure Pool complete with wave machine, flume, and soft-play area for toddlers in the café.
Learn something new at Torquay Museum with 150,000 specimens of natural history, eight galleries and interactive exhibitions. Head underground at world-renowned caves Kents Cavern and discover more about our Stone Age ancestors in one of Europe’s most important Stone Age sites. Step back in time at Bygones, a life-size Victorian Street full of nostalgic treasures – a perfect place for grandparents to relive the past with their family.
Take a journey with a difference and discover new sights
Hop on to our vintage open-top sightseeing bus and take in the glorious scenery of the UNESCO Global Geopark. All aboard on the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat for a nostalgic journey along the stunning South West coastline and lush woodlands. For a memorable trip to the beach, travel from the top of Babbacombe Downs to Oddicombe beach on the Babbacombe Cliff funicular Railway.