Torquay, Paignton & Brixham

The Torbay region of South Devon, commonly referred to as 'The English Riviera', contains the delightful towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham with their 22 miles of coastline, consisting of sandy beaches, private rocky coves and picture-perfect harbours.

Torquay, with its iconic palm trees and busy harbour could fool you into thinking you were on the Mediterranean. From the Royal Terrace Gardens, there are amazing sea views across the bay which are magnificent especially at night, with the lights reflecting onto the sea. The arching sandy beach bay that leads onto the delightful marina at the foot of the town centre, is every bit the centrepiece to one of the UK's most visited holiday regions. The town caters for all ages as it is home to top family attractions, award winning restaurants, a host of water sports and international sailing events and a wide range of bars and nightclubs.

As a contrast to cosmopolitan Torquay, Paignton is another tourist magnet with blue flag sandy beaches albeit with a slightly more traditional feel. A variety of family attractions that includes world famous Paignton Zoo, a fabulous Victorian Pier, a Steam Railway and an 18th century harbour that runs many fishing trips and boat tours.

Brixham on the other hand is a picturesque fishing harbour surrounded by brightly painted cottages. The town is steeped in maritime history, famous for tales of smugglers and pirates, celebrated by an annual Pirate Festival. The connections to the sea influence all aspects of life with the busy harbour providing the many high-quality seafood restaurants.

Transport Links

Torbay is known for having well-established commuter links to Exeter, Plymouth and Newton Abbot.

Transport into the area by car has drastically improved due to the completion of the South Devon Link Road in December 2015. The road connects Torbay and Newton Abbot, bypassing Kingskerswell, which leads to Exeter, the M5 and beyond.

Trains to Exeter, Plymouth and further afield are available from Paignton, Torquay and Torre Railway Stations. Mega Bus and National Express coaches also operate services to and from Torbay which creates cheap, convenient links into the area. Exeter Airport is also in close proximity.

There are numerous Buses linking the towns run by Stagecoach. There is also a year-round ferry which is available for travel between Brixham and Torquay whilst there is also a seasonal service operating between Brixham, Paignton and Torquay between April and October.

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