Nearby Attractions in Torquay

No matter if you are planing a quiet holiday or a holiday filled with fun and adventure, Torquay has it all.

“The English Riviera” has been popular with tourists since Victorian Times, and in recent years visitors from all around the world have come to experience its delights and enjoy the mild climate all year round.

If you are a beach lover and you want to work on your tan, then you will be pleased to hear that Torquay has 19 beaches to choose from, with the top rated and Blue Flag awarded beach – Meadfoot beach – situated right below our prestigious hotel…The Hotel Balmoral.

We welcome guests of all ages, and our staff are able to use their expert knowledge of the area to recommend nearby attractions in Torquay Devon no matter what kind of holiday you want to create for yourself. When it comes to Torquay, you are only limited by your imagination!

Here are some of the nearby attractions in Torquay (all within easy reach of The Hotel Balmoral):

Paignton Zoo

Featured many times on the TV, Paignton Zoo is a great day out for the whole family. With a strong emphasis on conservation and environmental issues, this zoo allows you to see a wide range of animals in their natural habitat.

National Marine Aquarium

If you want to get up close and personal with nearly 400 species of sea life, then the National Marine Aquarium is definitely worth a visit. Featuring 3 massive tanks and realistic habitats, this is easily a place you could spend all day in and still not see everything it has to offer.

Kent’s Cavern

A short walk from The Hotel Balmoral, Kent’s Cavern will amaze and delight, as you lose yourself in the prehistoric caves that have been confirmed as the oldest human dwelling in Britain. History buffs will be in their element.

Steam Railway

One of the most popular attractions in Torquay and South Devon is the famous steam railway. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views, as you are taken through wooded valleys and viaducts before finishing up the journey at the lovely little town of Dartmouth. A perfect day out.


Torquay Marina is the main place to be for those who want to “set sail” and explore the huge variety of coastline that Torquay has to offer. There are many different cruises to be booked, and one of the most popular is the evening cruise that allows you to soak in the atmosphere of central Torquay while watching the spectacular promenade illuminations.

Dartmoor National Park

For those people that want a little bit more adventure, Dartmoor National Park is a 30 minute drive from The Hotel Balmoral. Once there, you will find hidden villages that most tourists don’t even know about, as well as leisurely river walks and stunning scenery.

Babbacombe Model Village

Another of the attractions in Torquay Devon is the Babbacombe Model Village, which is within walking distance of The Hotel Balmoral. This is a special place to visit at any time of the day, but it becomes extra special during the evening, as the entire village is completely illuminated.


We have lots of other attractions listed below just take your pick.


Temporary Closure until 22nd May – COVID 19 

In line with government advice about avoiding non-essential travel, and the continued risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus we have extended our temporary closure until the 22nd May inclusive

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take advice from the appropriate authorities, and we will only reopen when it is clear that it is safe to do so. If this means that we have to extend the closure beyond 22nd May, we will ensure we update this page.

What this means is that we will now have to defer all bookings for anyone who was planning to visit us during the temporary closure period.

Rebook for a future date: We very much look forward to the day when all of this is over and we can welcome you back to the Balmoral – With this in mind, we are looking upon this as a postponement, not a cancellation.

 We very much hope you will want to postpone your holiday and rearrange it for a later date. You can therefore move your booking to any available date this year, we will retain your deposit to be used against this amended booking.  Please check our website for various deals and offers we have running we may be able to move your booking to the same or similar offer.

If you elect to move your booking to a date with a different seasonal rate, we will need to charge you the new rate, which may be higher or lower, depending on which season you choose.

If you have booked with a voucher then we can move your booking to another off-peak period – which will now be the Autumn. (October onwards)

 We would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and support in these exceptional circumstances .

If you have another date you would like to transfer your booking to please email us at kindly bear with us for a response, we will get back to you asap.

 We will only be taking a limited number of calls during this time.

Please stay safe everyone and we are looking forward very much to the day, when we can throw open our doors to you all and welcome you back into the warmth and comfort of Balmoral  And when we do, we can assure you that it will be a time to remember