There are lots of attractions to visit in Torquay and we’ve uncovered 5 of the best for the whole family to enjoy.

1. Living Coasts Zoo and Aquarium

Living Coasts homes a zoo and aquarium with hundreds of animals, birds and sea life.

Observe the Penguins playing on Penguin Beach and watch them diving from the underground viewing windows.

Visit Living Coasts newest residents, four male Asian short clawed Otters at Otter Rapids. And watch the playful seals in Fur Seal Cove.

Inside the Aquarium you’ll find Octopus Odyssey. Home to a common Octopus, white spotted Puffer Fish and deadly rays.

And if you’re feeling brave enough venture into Bug World home to a variety of creepy crawlies.

Take a visit to Living Coasts and help them celebrate their 10 year Birthday!

2. Splashdown Quaywest

Have a wet and wild time at Britain’s largest outdoor water park. Splashdown Waterpark Quaywest, is a great day out for all the family with 8 flume rides including the terrifying Devils drop and the Wild Kamikaze. For the little ones there is the Submarine Splash and Tiddler’s Fun Pool. If relaxing is more your thing then you can relax on a sunbed on the Terrace overlooking the spectacular views of Goodrington Beach.

And after all that fun take a walk down to Goodrington Sands only a stones throw from Splashdown’s and enjoy the beautiful stretch of Sandy beach.

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3. Babbacombe model village

Babbacombe Model Village has this year celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary and is still going strong.

Walk tall among some of Britain’s famous landmarks and see the hundreds of miniature models depicting British life through the decades all set in 4 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens. If you look hard enough you might even find some famous characters hidden in the miniature scenes.

If that’s not enough there is plenty more to see and do. Check out what’s showing at the 3D Special effects Cinema. Drive your own miniature cars and see the Birds of Prey. You can even feed the resident fish!

Babbacombe model village is a great day out for all the family but if you stay until dusk you’ll get an extra special treat with thousands of miniature lights bringing each scene to life. It really is an enchanting atmosphere and worth seeing.

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4. Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern located on the coast of South Devon is considered to be one of the greatest and most important prehistoric natural caves in the country. According to records the caves have been an attraction for explorers and archaeologists since 1571. But long before this, the caves where home to people and animals. Explore the caves and discover about the inhabitants and how they lived hundreds and thousands of years ago.

If ghosts are more up your street take a spooky evening ghost tour through the dimly lit underground network of caves. Although not for younger children, children over 8 and adults will love this scary walk through time.

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5. Cockington Court

Cockington Court Manor House and it’s Impressive Grounds are definitely worth a visit. It’s free admission and open all year round.

Discover the history of the Manor house and it’s beautiful Gardens where Agatha Christie used to play as a child. Discover the Tudor Rose and Walled Art Gardens and the medieval church.

Explore the mystery trail running through the manor house and the grounds picking up the hidden clues as you go.

For the kids there is an all-weather play area and as well as the usual slides and swings the playground also has a fountain and a sensory area.

While the kid’s enjoy the play area the grown ups can take a visit to the art gallery and various craft stalls with locally crafted items. And after all that fun relax in the cafe and enjoy a freshly baked cake, scone or pastry or a made to order lunch.

With much more to see and do it’s a brilliant family day out. For more information visit:


Re-Opening Monday 6th July 2020

We are delighted to confirm that we will be re-opening the hotel and our restaurant on Monday 6th July. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers for their patience and understanding and for all the support you have shown us over the last four months.

Although your next stay with us will be slightly different, it will still be the same calm and peaceful, relaxing and restorative place you have come to know and love. A place where you can not only unwind, but enjoy great food and hospitality.

Be confident and reassured that we are providing an environment which conforms to government guidelines and industry best practices and will be as safe and secure as we can possibly make it. The health and well-being of everyone who visit us, as well as or staff remains our overriding priority

Initially, in order to ensure we can maintain the required social distance, we will only be open to guests booked to stay here in the hotel. It has seemed a long time since we closed our doors back in late March and so it will be a great joy to see our customers returning.

Booking with us

If you have a booking that was cancelled and would like to re-book, please email us at and quote your original booking reference number with your chosen dates. 

If you would like to make a new booking we have 10% off all our rates when you stay 2 nights or more in July to get this discount book online here at and enter the code 2NIGHT10 in the promotion code field.

This offer will apply to any room type when you book online

See you soon!
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