Torquay beaches – Meadfoot

  • Free and Pay and Display parking.
  • Rockpooling and safe bathing.
  • Manor Gardens park area nearby.

Around a mile away from Torquay harbour around the coastline, Meadfoot Beach has an attractive mix of facilities, safe bathing and (some) free parking. Meadfoot is a desirable part of Torquay where substantial Victorian villas and hotels mix in leafy surrounds. The road from Torquay centre runs down to the beach then alongside and around in a loop to Kents Cavern and upmarket Wellswood.

So nice surrounds and a flanked at the north end by a lovely park area which is ideal for picnics and ball games if sand is not your thing.

At the south end, the beach is overlooked by the impressive Osbourne Cresent; a mix of residential apartments and the Osborne Hotel.

Meadfoot Beach in Torquay

Access to the beach

With a road running alongside the beach there a few free spaces on the road which are snapped up quickly when the sun shines.  As the road turns away from the beach there is more on-road free spaces alongside the park area and a smaller pay and display car park right on the edge of the beach.  At the other, south end of the beach, there is a small pay and display car park run by the council.

Just in front of the pay and display car park there are some good facilities including toilets, a cafe serving eat in or take-away food with a small beach kiosk selling buckets and spades etc.

Walk along the beach to the north end and there is usually an ice cream van in the small pay and display car park.

Once on the beach, there are a number of facilities including a beach bar serving hot food and drinks, toilets (open in the summer only), a shop, deckchair hire and seasonal boat hire.

The Beach

Meadfoot Beach is a mix of sand and stone, with rockpools to explore at the north end and safe bathing. The amount of beach varies from quite a lot as the tide comes in and covers much of the available beach at high tide.

Overall, it’s away from the main tourist areas so feels quieter and more relaxed.  One tip worth mentioning; there is a coastal path which leads off the beach around the headland and comes out at Living Coasts and Torquay harbour. It’s an enjoyable walk with many views across the bay to Brixham and out to sea for the more more energetic visitor.