There are lots of reasons to visit Torquay (great beach, great food) but we also have an array of stunning buildings and architecture that are certainly worth your time. This article outlines five of our favourites from at The Hotel Balmoral however we would love to hear about your favourite buildings in the comments.

Torquay Museum

The Venetian-Gothic style building dates back to 1874 and was designed by the architect William Harvey Jnr with two of the impressive upper window panels on the first floor designed by John Philip (his previous design being the Albert Memorial in London).

It was the Torquay Natural History Society who first founded the museum to house their collections which still form a part of the museum’s displays.

The buildings exterior is certainly impressive with Terracotta gargoyle statues and glass roof it’s worth a visit. The Museum is also home to various arts and historic collections.

Torre Abbey

The grade I listed Medieval Monastery is the largest surviving Monastery in Devon and Cornwall. Torre Abbey was founded in 1196 as a monastery for the Premonstratensian order and remained an Abbey for three and a half centuries. Later becoming home to several families including the Cary Family from 1662 and staying in the family for 268 year’s. Today the Abbey houses an Art Gallery and is open to the public to view.

Cockington Village and Forge

Cockington is an idyllic Village with winding country lanes and picturesque thatched cottages surrounded by 450 acres of parkland. At the heart of the Village is Cockington Forge, once a blacksmiths workshop dating back to the 14th century, it’s now a gift shop open to the visiting public. The Village also has a Gamekeepers Cottage dating back to the 16th Century, Old Mill and The Drum pub.

Town Hall’s

The Boroughs original Town Hall opened it’s doors on the 10th June 1852 when the town was in the process of becoming a Borough. The Building itself is not all that impressive but served its purpose until eventually becoming too small for the growing town. Although currently unoccupied the original building still stands.

The new Town Hall was completed in 1913 after a competition for a new design was won by a Thomas Davison.

Castle Tor

Despite it’s name Castle Tor is not really a castle as you might be led to believe. The ‘castle’ only dates back to the 1920’s.

Horace Pickersgill who owned a large plot of land on the Oxlea Hill wanted to build a house and ornamental gardens overlooking the sea and so commissioned Frederick Harrild to design and build it. The house was built to replicate a castle complete with gatehouse and portcullis. The property is listed as an English Heritage site.

Great building’s

Really this is just the tip of the iceberg and there are many great and historical buildings in Torquay to enjoy whilst you are staying at Torquay’s best hotel – The Hotel Balmoral.

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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!
All of us at The Balmoral – Torquay