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Five Reasons to love Torbay

A few months back, we wrote a blog called Five Reasons to Love Exeter. Devon’s capital city is a great place to live and work, with many of our participants placed there throughout the year. However, surprisingly, we’ve yet to write the same blog on the home of TTPL, Torbay – The English Riviera! Here are five things we love about the Bay...

The Coast

It would be hard to write about Torbay without mentioning its seaside location. A number of fantastic beaches, coves and harbours can be found throughout Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. The South West Coast Path also runs throughout the bay with some beautiful scenery including Hopes Nose, Thatchers Rock and Berry Head. More info on walks can be found here: www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walk-torquay

The Food

If you’re looking to try some traditional English dishes, Torbay has some brilliant options. For cream teas, Angels Tea Rooms in Babbacombe and Weavers Tea Rooms in Cockington Village are two fantastic options in lovely settings. For fish and chips, Rockfish in Torquay and Brixham continues to rank highly or local’s favourite Hanburys in Babbacombe is another top option.

Lots to Do

As the English Riviera is a popular holiday resort, it means there are a number of top tourist attractions and events taking place. Tourist attractions include Paignton Zoo, Kents Cavern, Living Coasts, Babbacombe Model Village, Splashdown Waterpark – the list goes on! There are always events taking place throughout the year – Paignton Green is a good place for this with the likes of live music, car/motorbike shows, fun fairs, circuses, air shows and fireworks to name a few. The English Riveira website has a great what's on guide if you're looking for something to do: www.englishriviera.co.uk/whats-on

Small and Independent Shops

Torbay has a variety of top independent shops, perfect for picking-up unique gifts. Brixham Harbour is a good place to head for this and Cockington Village in Torquay is great for some local art and crafts.

The History

It’s hard to go very far in Torbay without stumbling upon something historical. From the impressive buildings of Torre Abbey and Greenway House, to Kents Cavern, a series of caves where the oldest known human fossil in northwest Europe was believed to have been found; there’s lots of history in every corner of the Bay.