For those who don’t know, Torquay is a seaside town in Torbay, Devon, in the splendid South West corner of England. Only two communities in Devon are larger than the coastal town, which can be found North East of Plymouth and South of Exeter, and extremely close to the well-known, although much smaller, town of Paignton.
During the nineteenth century, Torquay began to show signs of turning into the chic seaside holiday destination it is today. However, the town’s history, the economy was originally based largely on fisheries and agriculture still shines through, and its nickname, the ‘English Riviera’, points to the seemingly perpetual healthy climate of the area.
Back in 1890, the well-known author Agatha Christie was born in Torquay, and the town features the Agatha Christie Mile, a tour dedicated to her life and works which takes place across the town. There are several plaques celebrating her life throughout Torquay, but there are several other things to enjoy here too.
Bygones, the heritage centre which features full-scale exhibition roads and replica rooms of various historical periods, allows you to see how the town would have looked back in the Victoria era. Also interesting is the World War 1 trench, which is realistically reconstructed.
Waves, the local Leisure Pool is a must for keen swimmers, and is a great place for both fun and exercise. The indoor pool also features a wave machine, and can be used for swimming lessons or for private hire all year round.
Finally, the award winning Babbacombe Model Village is a particularly interesting attraction. Located in the midst of four acres of miniature gardens, the model village contains thousands of miniature vehicles, people and buildings, and is accompanied by animated scenes to offer a greater understanding of the past.