A Guide to Torquay

Torquay is the Jewel in the English Riviera’s crown. This is one place you should definitely visit on your South Devon holiday. Located at the Top of Torbay with far reaching views across the bay toward Brixham on the opposite side. In addition to being the largest of the towns in Torbay, Torquay has the most to offer.

Torquay is a traditional seaside town with iconic palm trees, a busy harbour, international marina and sandy beaches. It also has a vast array of cafes, restaurants and bars for you to choose from. Therefore Torquay is the perfect holiday destination for your Devon break..

Best things to do in Torquay
Torquay Beach and beach huts

Whether you are looking for a romantic break or an adventure filled family holiday this resort has it all. Torquay has undergone a revival of sorts in recent years being described as “Britain’s most booming seaside towns, undergoing a style revival with Michelin starred restaurants and swanky yachts” by the Guardian newspaper in 2016.

Eating Out

Part of England’s Seaside Coast, Torquay offers some of the best seafood dining in the country. In addition to seafood there are a number of Michelin starred restaurants in the area giving ample choice over where to dine for the discerning customer. With a cosmopolitan feel and a continental style this beautiful harbour side resort caters for all.

Close up of delicious grilled seafood platter

Alfresco dining is the norm in Torquay with many restaurants offering outside seating and a warm climate . However there is a great selection of cosy bistros and restaurants to choose from for that intimate candle lit dinner for two. Family friendly restaurants are plentiful as well making Torquay a food lovers paradise.

The Elephant is one such restaurant. A fine dining restaurant run by Simon Hulstone and his wife. They received a Michelin star for their outstanding food and levels of service. The Elephant restaurant overlooks the harbour so you can dine and watch the yachts as they berth. Therefore you should definitely sample the delicious cuisine on offer here if you get the chance.

The Elephant Torquay
Photo Credit – The Elephant Restaurant

Check out our places to eat guide for more information.


As well as the fine selection of places to eat and drink there are some beautiful hotels and B&B’s to stay in. From fine Georgian Manor houses to swanky boutique apartments there is something for everyone here.

Torquay’s hotels are some of the best in the country with some major redevelopment happening in previous years. The Imperial Hotel, Palace Hotel and Hotel Gleneagles all invested heavily in re-designs recently and are now some of the most modern and luxurious places to stay in the area.

Check out our Accommodation guide for details of all accommodation in the area.

Things to Do

Torquay has a wide range of things to do in the local area. Whether its a coastal walk or something more adventurous Torquay has something to keep everyone happy.

Torquay Harbour and Town
Torquay, Devon, England – The marina, harbour and town on a sunny spring day.

This seaside town has many national and international boat races where you can watch the contestants compete from the harbour walls. Or you take in the scenic views of the yachts and super yachts as they bob gently in the award winning marina. Torquay Harbour is the hub of the town and is surrounded by cosy cafes and delightful restaurants. It is the perfect place to soak up the sun while eating outside.

Torquay also has a great selection of sand and pebble beaches nearby. So get out your bucket and spade and head to the beach of your choice. Don’t forget your speedos though in case you fancy a dip in the warmest waters in the country.

Why not check out our Thing to Do guide for all the area has to offer so you can plan you Devon holiday easily.

Torquay is one of Britains best seaside destinations. It has everything anyone could possibly want. Including the warmest climate in the country and a multitude of things to do and see. Torquay and The English Riviera have also been designated as UNESCO Global Geopark sites. You can be sure of a great holiday here with plenty to keep you busy.

So go on, Visit Torbay now.