Follow the Agatha Christie Mile starting from Torquay seafront at the Grand Hotel along the past the harbour by the Torquay Museum and relive moments that were the inspiration for many places from her novels. Along the way there are seven unique plaques to look out for.

If walking from the Hotel Balmoral Torquay, one may choose to do this in reverse!

The Grand Hotel- The location of Agatha’s honeymoon with Archie Christie in 1914, on Christmas Eve.

Past Torre Abbey Gardens- Where one can find Agatha Christie’s Potent Plant Collection, which was inspired by the potions and poisons in her books.

Along Princess Pier- Built the same year as Agatha was born and a favourite spot for her to roller-skate. Also the ferry to Greenway House leaves from here which can be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Torquay.

Through Princess Gardens- Featuring in the novel, ABC Murders.

Past The Pavilion- The location at which Archie Christie proposed to a young Agatha after attending a Wagner concert.

Then passing the Agatha Christie Bust- Sculpted from bronze to commemorate Agatha Christie’s centenary year in 1990.

Royal Torbay Yacht Club- Frederick Miller, Agatha’s father was a prominent member of this club.

Beacon Cove- Agatha once got in trouble here whilst swimming and almost drowned! It was known at the time as “Ladies Bathing Cove”.

Imperial Hotel- This hotel featured in many of Agatha’s novels.

Terminating at Torquay Museum- Home to the Agatha Christie Gallery.

This is a fairly easy route with mostly level terrain. There are plenty of spots at which to rest and take refreshment.

The popular celebration of the worlds best crime novelist which takes place on  Torre Abbey in September  is the Agatha Christie festival.

For more information visit the Agatha Chrisite Website



Temporary Closure until 30th April – COVID 19 

In line with government advice about avoiding non-essential travel, and the increased risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, it is with great sadness that we must announce that Balmoral will temporarily close.

The closure will initially be until Thursday 30th April 2020 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 30th April, we will ensure we update you.

What this means is that we will now have to defer all bookings for anyone who was planning to visit us during this 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. 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 appreciate that this will be disappointing news for all those who enjoy staying with us,  We would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and support in these exceptional circumstances .

If you have a another date you would like to transfer your booking to please email us at 

 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