The English Riviera on South Devon’s beautiful bay has always been about fun whatever the time of year. After all, we are an award-winning destination with more top attractions than any other UK seaside resort. Made up of Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Babbacombe and St Marychurch, the English Riviera offers a variety of things to do and see.
Voted the Top 10 UK Destination for 3 years running, everyone agrees that Torquay is great! It’s the birthplace of Agatha Christie; you can stroll along the Victorian promenade, and then there’s iconic palm trees, sweeping sandy beaches and an international marina.
We have a great selection of events throughout the year. Enjoy an excellent choice of waterfront restaurants, cafés and bars. There’s the sea to explore too with regular seasonal ferries to Paignton and Brixham.
From award-winning West End shows to leisurely shopping and a great choice of accommodation to suit all budgets, Torquay has everything you want for a perfect break.
Watch skilled craft makers at work at Cockington Court.
Beautiful Babbacombe Bay boasts some of the best scenery and most dramatic stretches of coast path across the whole of the English Riviera. Babbacombe Downs has the UK’s highest cliff top promenade and a ride on the Victorian funicular railway will take you down to Oddicombe Beach. You can dine al fresco close to the beach or enjoy award-winning fish and chips. St Marychurch provides some retail therapy with its independent and unique shops.
Babbacombe and St Marychurch attractions
Babbacombe Model Village
Feel like a giant as you explore four acres of award-winning gardens at Babbacombe Model Village filled with over 13,000 miniature residents.
Paignton, famous for its colourful beach huts and award-winning beaches, is a fun-filled destination. Go wild at Paignton Zoo, voted third best zoo in the UK by TripAdvisor, or if the kids fancy getting wet, head for Splashdown Quaywest, the UK’s largest outdoor water park. Take a trip on the Dartmouth Steam Railway for a nostalgic trip along the stunning coastline and lush woodlands. Head to Occombe Farm to see English farm animals and a newly renovated farm shop.
Take a walk around the picturesque Paignton Harbour where there are some great value dining experiences. There’s a choice of holiday shopping and evening entertainment at the many bars and cafés throughout the town and harbour.
Let your inner animal loose and see over 2,000 animals at Paignton Zoo.
Home to the world famous Brixham Fish Market and many a tale of pirates and smuggling, this colourful working fishing port is a beautiful place with incredible scenery. Watch local fishermen landing their daily catch on the harbour or climb aboard the life-size replica of the Golden Hind. There’s plenty to see and do in Brixham in addition to a great choice of accommodation, independent shops and new restaurants offering a wide choice of food and drink. Beyond Brixham, historic houses once home to world-famous names are waiting to be discovered.
Brixham and beyond attractions
Climb aboard the life-size replica of the Golden Hind and discover the story of Sir Francis Drake.