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1. History of Torquay
Situated on the south coast of Devon, Torquay is a town with a long history. Artefacts that are believed to be over 450,000 years old have been found in nearby "Kents Cavern" and show evidence of early human activity in the area. However the origins of the Torquay we know today can be traced back to when the Anglo Saxons were in control of the country. When the town was a smal...Read more
2. Now in Torquay
Torquay is the third largest settlement in Devon with a population of around 64,000. The town is often referred to as the "English Rivera" and enjoys some of the best weather the country has to offer.
3. Events in Torquay
Torquay and locations around it play host to a variety of events throughout the year. Nearby Torbay boasts both a Carnival and a Regatta that draw visitors from across the country. The half marathon that begins in Torbay finishes in Torquay after taking competitors past the town's landmarks. Torquay celebrates the life of one of the town's most famous daughters, Agatha Christie...Read more
4. Attractions in Torquay
Babbacombe Model Village is an exceptionally detailed representation of Britain in miniature form. As well as the village itself the attraction also has 4 acres of award winning gardens. The exquisite models portray the country in both the past and the present, mixed up with some classic English humour. Torquay Hi Flyer lets you see the English Rivera and the surrounding Devon...Read more
5. Things To Do in Torquay
Woodlands Leisure Park is crammed full of things to do including indoor centres, outdoor adventures, Zoo, Big Fun Farm, Falconry Centre and Wildlife Sanctuary. The range of indoor activities ensures that no matter what the weather, Woodlands Leisure Park can guarantee a fun time for everyone. For adrenaline junkies the park includes rides like the Avalanche and the Sea Dragon S...Read more
6. Business in Torquay
Torquay Pavilion is not only an exquisite example of Edwardian architecture but is also one of the town's premier shopping centres. Opened in 1912 and designed by Major Henry Garrett, the Pavilion was built on land that had been reclaimed from the sea. Today the Centre houses many independent and quirky shops and is open all year round. The Market Forum is the name for Torquay...Read more
7. Transport in Torquay
Torquay train station is located at Abbey Sands, a few yards from the sea and is situated on the Riviera Line. The closest Motorway to Torquay is the M5 and the nearest airport is in Exeter.
8. Entertainment in Torquay
Torquay Princess Theatre provides a venue for some of the best plays, shows and performances the country has to offer. The theatre has seen performances from Monty Python's Spamalot, comedians such as Jimmy Carr and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Despite being a historic town Torquay is far from quiet and has a bustling nightlife, with nightclubs such as Valbonne, the Venue and Bo...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Torquay
Kents Cavern is one of Britain's most extensive and important cave systems and was named both Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Scheduled Ancient Monument in the 1950s. In 1927 a fragment of an upper jawbone was found in the cavern and is thought to be approximately 40,000 years old belonging to an early Homosapien. The Caverns are also a great place to visit - guided t...Read more
10. Interesting Facts about Torquay
Torre Abbey is supposedly haunted by the ghost of the Spanish Lady, a prisoner caught on board the captured ship "Rosario".
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