Torquay is a town in Devon, in England. South Devon is one of the most beautiful areas of Great Britain, with a breathtaking coastline, extensive clean beaches and lovely countryside.

Torquay is an attractive town, clean and safe, ideal for tourism all year round, catering for all popular sports. The surrounding countryside (Dartmoor National Park) is justly famous for its beauty.

It is in the south of Exeter and the north of Torbay. It is a well known seaside resort. The city is also known as the English Riviera and it is famous for its healthy climate. Torquay's name originates in it being the quay of the ancient village of Torre.

Torquay is situated on the South West coast of England, it has a mild microclimate, and cabbage trees are a notable feature of the area. They were introduced into the area in 1820 from New Zealand and since then have flourished. There are currently thousands throughout the town.

Torquay is also set along a coastline renowned for its beaches, having no fewer than nine popular beaches. The high standards of water quality and beach facilities mean that many carry coveted awards, including no fewer than three European Blue Flags - more than any other resort in the UK. The nine main beaches of Torquay, a string of nine beautiful beaches and coves stretched out along the palm lined coast, are as follows:

  • Maidencombe Beach
  • Watcombe Beach
  • Oddicombe Beach
  • Babbacombe Beach
  • Anstey's Cove
  • Meadfoot Beach
  • Torre Abbey Sands
  • Corbyn Sands

Torquay has two railway stations. Torquay railway station is situated near the sea, close to Torre Abbey Sands. Torre railway station is situated a little inland adjacent to the road leading to Newton Abbot. Not all trains stop at Torre.

Numerous tourist attractions vie for a share of the resort's visitors including Britain's most important Stone Age site, Kent Cavern which was home to early man for some 700,000 years and where tourists can visit this subterranean wonderland.

How to arrive?

We are accessible via road, rail or air (into Bristol or Exeter airport).

Heathrow and Gatwick airports also have direct connections with coach stations serving Torquay.

An optional meeting service is available.

Fast motorways link Bath, Bristol, London and other major cities.

International House is able to offer a ticket booking service for National Express coaches.

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