A Guide to Torbay and the Surrounding Area

Welcome to our Visit Torbay Guide. Torbay is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK. It comprises the towns of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay and is often referred to as the English Riviera. The natural harbour known as Torbay has long been a holiday destination for a wide variety of people.

In addition to the beauty of Dartmoor and the Devon coast there is a huge selection of things to do and places to stay in Torbay. Some of the best beaches in the south coast are located here. As well as some of the finest hotels and places to eat. Use our Visit Torbay Guide to help navigate your way around the area.


Torquay is the largest of the towns in Torbay and has the most to offer holiday makers. The grandest hotels line the promenade and there is an amazing selection of restaurants to try. The hub of the English Riviera, Torquay is a charming seaside resort that has a surprisingly warm climate.

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21 May 2018: Torquay, Devon, England, UK – The marina, harbour and town on a sunny spring day.

Life in Torquay centers around the harbour area and the marina. Torquay Harbour lies on the North shore of Tor Bay and is a thriving little port with 1000 berths. The Harbour’s also on the edge of the Town centre thereby affording easy access to shops, restaurants and bars. Check out our guide to places to eat here.

Torquay’s town centre is quite large and has all the usual supermarkets and chain stores so you are never far away from somewhere to shop. From little boutique shops to large commercial stores there is enough in the town centre to keep you busy.

An ideal destination for people who like the hustle and bustle of a large seaside town therefore Torquay makes a great destination for a holiday.


Paignton is a family resort with a harbour, long beaches and parks. It offers a wealth of accommodation as well as cafés and restaurants. Paignton is located between the towns of Torquay and Brixham right in the middle of Tor Bay.

Beautiful dramatic sunrise at Paignton pier on the English Riviera in Devon

This beautiful seaside resort has its own traditional Victorian pier and a variety of activities to do. Perhaps one of the most popular attractions in the area is Paignton Zoo. This is a modern zoo that’s definitely worth visiting. Visit Paignton’s long sandy beach and get your bucket and spade out.

Paignton offers everything that Torquay does but on a smaller scale. A lovely holiday destination brimming with Southern Charm.


Situated in the southern corner of Torbay opposite Torquay, this attractive fishing town offers visitors a variety of things to do. From historical attractions to the UNESCO Global Geopark and its very own Pirate Ship. Brixham is a picture postcard town of extreme beauty therefore making it a great destination for a holiday.

BRIXHAM, DEVON, UK – Brixham Harbour is located on the southern side of Tor Bay, it boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK and a thriving fish market to support it.

Brixham’s port once housed the largest fishing fleet in England. However pleasure craft now outnumber the fishing boats with a large marina with moorings for a wide range of vessels. The town was built around the busy harbour and a great selection of colourful houses line the narrow streets leading from this area. In addition to shops selling locally caught fish there is a great choice of cafes lining the harbour.

Take a walk towards the harbour and the view is simply stunning. The first thing you see when you look at the harbour is the Pirate Ship. Then further on the moorings for other vessels. Although, you just cant take your eyes off the beautiful coloured houses surrounding the port.

Brixham Fish Market

Another firm favourite is Brixham fish market. Watch the catch being offloaded from the fishing boats and then head to the market to buy some of the freshest fish available. Brixham is synonymous with seafood and there are a number of seafood restaurants in Brixham that serve the freshest fish you will ever have.

Photo Credit – Brixham Fish Market

In conclusion, Torbay offers everything you could possibly want for a holiday destination in England. We hope you get the chance to stay in one of the beautiful hotels in Brixham, Torquay or Paignton and to sample the delicious food on offer in the many restaurants in the area. Thank you for checking out our Visit Torbay Guide.