English Riviera Highlights: Things to do in Torquay28 May 2015
For family days out in Devon, Torquay remains a destination with a good variety of attractions, shops eateries
Take a stroll, or hit the heights:The grassy area alongside Rock Walk makes a pleasant amble along the seafront, or a coffee stop at the western end. You’re unlikely to miss the biggest sight as you head towards the town: just a little further is the English Riviera Wheel! Less expensive than you might think (currently £6 for an adult), it offers a fantastic view of Torquay and a great opportunity for a selfie or two.
Living Coasts Zoo & Torquay Aquarium:
With a huge range of sea creatures both furred and finned, these conservation-minded projects offer plenty to see and smile at. After all, who doesn’t like penguins, sea otters or orang-utans? Visitors like the fact that the park and aquarium are well thought out too, with enclosures such as mangroves, reefs and rapids helping resident creatures and visitors alike feel happy. A day at either collection is well worth it, remembering that profits fund worthwhile projects. The best value options are family tickets and there is also a discount if you visit both sides of this Torquay attraction. Click here for full details and current ticket prices.
Torquay Town Centre:For a spot of lunch, dinner, or a leisurely bit of shopping, central Torquay and the harbour area are also worth a look. There are some great cafes and restaurants: head around the Strand and up Torwood Street for a variety of local curry houses, bars and a cracking Mexican restaurant in Jingles. You’ll also find some galleries, though other family members might enjoy or Torquay Museum. Further intrigue can be found on the Agatha Christie Trail, while the Rainbow Fun House, (01803 296926) is also a useful family stop off for lively youngsters as you proceed uphill.
Cruise into holiday mode:On a typically calm sunny day, there is no finer way to relax and take in the seafront than with a ferry trip or perhaps a speed boat around the bay. Boat trips in Torquay can also take you to other parts of the region such as Dartmouth and Brixham. Several boat and ferry operators exist and some also offer other services such as tours and wildlife watching cruises. Try Greenway Ferry.
Sea fishing and crabbing around Torquay Harbour:
Torquay’s pretty Victorian promenade is not only ideal to stretch the legs but also a good spot to try your hand at some fishing or crabbing. It’s also a good spot for youngsters because you don’t need to cast far or buy any tickets (unlike freshwater angling, sea fishing currently requires no license). Try spinning or float fishing for mackerel in the summer: these tend to be found about twelve feet beneath the surface. There
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