Discovering the Delights of the English Riviera, Torquay

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We had such a busy day in Torquay and really crammed in lots of fun! Our first stop was a visit to Bygones – an interesting family-friendly attraction which transports visitors back in time through the Victorian Era and World War II. Our next stop was Torquay’s Dinosaur World where we immersed ourselves in fun dinosaur exhibits and quizzed our way around. After all this fun we needed some lunch and came across Asteys Cove Cafe right on the beach of Asteys Cove. The food was good but the views were even better! Click the links above to see my separate posts on these places.

A Bustling Harbour

Between visiting Torquay’s Dinosaur World and Asteys Cove we took a walk around Torquay’s harbour. I can see why they call it the beautiful English Riviera – in the sunshine the harbour looked beautiful with the boats and the sea glistening.

The harbour was bustling and busy as it was the Sunday midway through the school’s Easter holidays. It did make finding parking a little tricky!

Golf, Gardens and Ice Cream

Later in the day Nathan and I partook in a competitive game of adventure golf at Jungle Journey Golf. Whenever we play crazy golf we always place bets on who’s going to win and agree that the loser buys the ice creams. Unfortunately, I lost this game (just) and so we went on a hunt for ice cream.

We took a walk through some lovely and well-maintained gardens and found an ice cream kiosk by the seafront. Even though it was now about 6pm the kiosk was open and we were able to treat ourselves to a double scooped cone with a flake. We took our tasty ice creams back to the gardens and sat on a bench admiring the views. It was so peaceful here and a really lovely place to stop for a rest and enjoy our ice creams!

Final Thoughts

I had never visited Torquay before although had heard lots about it. I think I had a bit of negative perception of it given what I had heard from others. However, Torquay really surpassed my expectations and we had a great day. We were able to explore some fun, family-friendly attractions and enjoy the lovely views of the harbour, beach and gardens. I hope to return to the English Riviera soon and explore more of this beautiful part of Devon.

84 Responses

  1. We love Torquay and parked high up on the hill and walked down to the marina and it was lovely. The sunsets are pretty good there too. Great post x love your photos x

  2. What a lovely, lovely place! I love the garden benches, the beautiful flowers, and the view of the beach. The ice cream, of course, looked mouthwatering!

  3. I would love to visit a Bygone. I am real caught up in the 17, 18 and early 1900’s right now. I was happy to see the Muson River Train from 1894. If I ever start to travel more that is the kind of attractions I will be searching for.

  4. Aww I love visiting places like this – anywhere with a harbour, little shops and ice-cream is a winner with me 🙂

  5. Torquay looks gorgeous a d those ice creams are impressive! I’d love to visit bygone I think that would be right up my street!

  6. Looks like a great place to visit. I’ll definitely go here one day with my family. This is truly a bucket lists material.

  7. This view is remarkable! I would love to go one day. It also looks like a romantic spot by the harbor.

  8. This ice cream looks delicious.

    Torquay looks like a fun place to visit. I love the manicured gardens and pretty red flowers.

  9. Torquay looks like such a gorgeous spot in the UK, from your pictures it looks like the perfect little town for a vacation.

  10. Oh wow what a beautiful place to visit and your photos are really breath taking xx i be planning little holliday breaks and i will put this place on my wish list c

  11. I love the beach and the garden view, it’s so full of nature and greens everywhere. It looks like it has some old spirit, I love it. 🙂

  12. Looks like you had an awesome visit! I wanna go there now too! That ice cream also has my name written all over it LOL. Being transported back in time to the Victorian Era & World War II sounds super interesting as well.

  13. Where exactly is this beautiful place? It’s just like one of those famous European tourist destinations, if not better. It’s got everything, and you guys even topped it off with some “serious” ice cream! I’d really love to visit Devon.

  14. what a lovely sight. it would be nice to explore this in the afternoons during the week. seems like a great place to read or just relax. very peaceful and quiet.

  15. I don’t really remember much about Torquay as I haven’t been since I was a kid. It looks amazing though. Maybe it’s time to revisit?! 🙂

    Louise x

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