As the largest town on the English Riviera, and the most popular holiday destination in Devon, Torquay offers a wide range of attractions for children and families.
- Living Coasts on the harbour; a coastal zoo complete with seals, penguins and an informative guide about the waters around Britain’s coastline. A particular highlight are the the penguin, who can wander amongst the visitors at feeding time.
- Babbacombe Model Village is set in 4 acres of attractive landscaped gardens and is home to a wide range of interesting and amusing dioramas including a large town centre, airport, medieval castle, lake, village scenes and Stonehenge to name a few. There is also an indoor and outdoor model railway, a circus, models from the silver screen, birds of prey and a cafe. If you are in Torquay over Christmas and New Year, the displays are transformed into a Winter Wonderland with a layer of artificial snow and lit for evening visits to give a new perspective on the attraction.
- Kents Cavern as an award winning tour of the prehistoric caves in Meadfoot with an informative guide pointing out evidence of how the caves were inhabited thousands of years ago.
- To learn about more recent history, Bygones is the recreation of a Victorian street, and Torquay Museum and the recently renovated Torre Abbey are worth a visit. The most recent addition to Torquay’s attractions is the dinosaur museum on the harbour with a small scale collection of models covering different periods from history and the dinosaurs which inhabited the earth at that time.
- The Cliff Railway at Babbacombe takes visitors down to Oddicombe beach at the foot of the cliffs where there is a beach shop, cafe and bar and toilets. The cliff railway is one of only a handful of funicular railways still operating in the UK, and has been transporting holidaymakers up and down the cliffside since the 1930′s.
On the subject of beaches, the topography of Torquay creates a wide range of beaches with varying ease of access. Torre Abbey Sands, Meadfoot Beach and Oddicombe are the most popular, while Anstey’s Cove, Maidencombe and Watcombe are harder to reach and therefore quieter.