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Explore Devon: Torquay

Torquay is a seaside resort town on the English Channel in Devon, South West England. Known for beaches such as Babbacombe and cliffside Oddicombe, its coastline is nicknamed the English Riviera. Torquay Harbour near the town centre offers shops, cafes and a marina. Torre Abbey, a monastery founded in 1196, has art galleries and extensive gardens featuring plants from local native Agatha Christie's novels.

Things to do

Babbacombe Model Village is a 4-acre miniature town with scaled-down versions of British landmarks such as Stonehenge. The Stone Age cave site Kents Cavern offers an archaeology exhibit and guided tours. Living Coasts is an oceanfront zoo featuring an enormous aviary with habitats for penguins and other seabirds. Cockington Country Park is a woodlands area with walking paths and landscaped gardens. Some 11km west of town lie the ruins of Berry Pomeroy Castle, a medieval manor that's purportedly haunted. Also to the west, Compton Castle is a 14th-century estate with formal gardens.