Princess Theatre and Gardens


Princess Theatre has been open for over 50 years, offering something for everyone. Over the last few years, such shows as Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, Starlight Express and Calendar Girls.

The first ever performance was back on Wednesday, 7th June 1961. Topping the bill was the late, great Tommy Cooper and the ever-popular Morecambe & Wise.

There is a licensed bar in the theatre where you can sit and enjoy a cocktail looking out at the beautiful panorama as you wait for the performance to start!

Tickets are available from the Visitor Centre in Torquay or at the booking office outside the entrance to the theatre.



Princess Gardens take their name from Princess Louise, the Princess Royal and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, whom back in May 1890, laid the foundation stone for the ‘pleasure ground’. The gardens are overlooked by Rock Walk (or the Royal Terrace Gardens) with the Edwardian Pavilion, waiting to be explored at one end with the Theatre nestled in the middle.

Princess Gardens offer a relaxing wander along the promenade boasting well-tended flowerbeds, palm trees and a beautiful ornate water fountain.


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