Torquay Harbour and Marina


Torquay harbour acts as a base for many boat trips and water sports. It has close links with the leisure and tourism industry and remains a fully-operational working harbour.

The harbour is sheltered by two piers, Princess Pier to the left and Haldon Pier to the south.

A pedestrian footbridge, ‘The Millennium Bridge’ crosses the entrance to the inner harbour, linking the north and south piers. The style of the bridge represents the sails of a ship and is lit up by night.

On the harbour side, Beacon Quay offers a nice choice of shops and a modern slipway. On the seaward side, Princess Pier offers some nice seating and a favourite spot for anglers to cast off from.

The marina provides both permanent and temporary pontoon berthings. The inner harbour offers additional permanent moorings and is protected by a tidal cill.

The English Riviera Visitor Centre is located here and its always worth popping in to pick up a map of the local area. This is also where one can find the booking points for various boat trips, including the “Western Lady” that will take you across the Bay to Brixham.

The inner harbour is surrounded by a mixture of shops, hotels, restaurants and bars which set the scene for this picturesque seaside town, offering a great many activities with which to fill your holiday.



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