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Torbay has a rich and diverse heritage, spanning a period of many thousands of years. Kent's Cavern in Torquay and Windmill Hill Cavern in Brixham boast some of the earliest traces of man discovered in the country. Archaeological finds from these early dwellings can be viewed at both Torquay Museum and Brixham Heritage Museum. The founding of Torre Abbey in 1196, in what was then remote countryside, brought new found prosperity to the area. Also on church matters, the Bishop of Exeter had a palace at Paignton, fragments of which can still be seen.


The winding road leading to a pretty little fishing of Torcross affords wonderful glimpses of Start Bay. Set almost in the crescent of the bay, Torcross is famous for the freshwater lake of Slapton Ley, which lies behind it & which is home to ducks, geese & other waterfowl. By the car park stands a Sherman Tank raised from the nearby seabed in 1984, 40 years after it was sunk in rehearsals for the D-day Normandy landings.


For well over a hundred years, the fashionable town of Torquay has attracted the rich and famous. Today, thousands of visitors still enjoy its sophisticated charm, which combined with modem attractions, and amenities have produced a truly first class resort. There is an abundance of pavement cafes, pubs, restaurants and nightlife, good quality shops and a host of family attractions. Enjoy-the superb beaches and spectacular views from cliff top coastal paths or simply stroll along the elegant seafront promenades.

Albaston House Hotel 27 St Marychurch Rd, Torquay, TQ1 3JF
Ansteys Lea Barrington Road, Wellswood, Torquay, TQ1 2QJ
Bahamas Hotel 17 Avenue Rd, Torquay, TQ2 5LB
Bancourt Hotel Avenue Road, Torquay, TQ2 5LG
Beechmoor Hotel 10-12 Vansittart Road, Torquay, TQ2 5BW
Bentley Lodge Tor Park Rd, Torquay, TQ2 5BQ
Carlton Court Hotel 18 Cleveland Road, Torquay, TQ2 5BE
Cary Court Hotel Hunsdon Road, Torquay, TQ1 1QB
Charterhouse Cockington Lane, Torquay, TQ2 6QT
Corbyn Head Hotel Seafront, Torquay, TQ2 6RH

Crimdon Dene Hotel Falkland Rd, Torquay, TQ2 5JP
Crowndale Hotel 18 Bridge Rd, Torquay, TQ2 5BA
Daylesford Hotel "60, Bampfylde Road", Torquay, TQ5 5AY
Fairways 72 Avenue Rd, Torquay, TQ2 5LF
Frognel Hall Hotel Higher Woodfield Road TQ1 2LD Tel (0)1803 298339
Glenross Hotel 25 Avenue Road, Torquay, TQ2 5LB
Grand Hotel, Sea Front, Torquay, TQ2 6NTFax +44(0)1803 213462
Haytor Hotel Meadfoot Rd, Torquay, TQ1 2JP
Hotel Barton 543 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HQ
Hotel Hudson 545 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay, TQ1 1HQ

Hotel Iona 5 Cleveland Road, Torquay, TQ2 5DB
Hotel Peppers 551 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HQ
Hotel Richmond 27 Croft Road, Torquay, TQ2 5UD
Kingsholm Hotel 539 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HQ
Livermead Cliff Hotel Sea Front, Torquay, TQ2 6RQ
Mansion House Bishops Court Hotel, Lower Warberry Road, TQ1 1QS
Meadfoot Bay Hotel Meadfoot Sea Road, Torquay, TQ1 2LQ
Melba House Hotel 62 Bampfylde Rd, Torquay, TQ2 5AY
Orestone Manor Hotel Rockhouse Lane, Maidencombe, TQ1 4SX
Palms Hotel 537 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HQ

Paramount Imperial Hotel Park Hill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2DG
The Buckingham Lodge Falkland Road, Torquay, TQ2 5JP
The Garden House Hotel Bishops Court Resort Lower Warberry Road, Torquay, TQ1 1QS
The Grand Hotel Sea Front, Torquay, TQ2 6NT
The Imperial Park Hill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2DG Tel +44(0)1803 294301
The Marstan Hotel Meadfoot Sea Rd, Torquay, TQ1 2LQ
The Osborne Hesketh Crescent, Meadfoot, Torquay, TQ1 2LL
The Ravenswood Hotel 535 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HQ
The Sandpiper Hotel Rowdens Rd, Torquay, TQ2 5AZ
The Somerville Hotel 515 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay, TQ1 1HJ

Torcroft Hotel 28-30 Croft Road, Torquay, TQ2 5UE
Torwood Gardens Hotel 531 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay, TQ1 1HQ
Trelawney Hotel Belgrave Road, Torquay, TQ2 5HS
Tusker Lodge Hotel 533 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HQ
Villa Marina Hotel Cockington Lane, Livermead, Torquay, TQ2 6QU
Yardley Manor Museum Rd, Torquay, TQ1 1DW


Totnes is an ancient market town and river port in the South Hams area of South Devon. Mellow with age, yet lively and forward-looking, it covers a long hill sloping gently to the Dart estuary, surrounded by rich and beautiful countryside. The busy narrow streets, dominated by castle and church tower, are full of architectural and historic interest, while the green horizon is always visible just beyond the houses. The town enjoys good road and rail communications, and is within easy reach of both Dartmoor and the sea.Totnes is an ideal holiday centre at any time of the year.


Westward Ho!
On a narrow strip of land beneath the wooded hillside and golden sands of Bideford Bay, lies this wonderful little seaside resort that has been a popular family holiday destination since Victorian times. The village is fronted by over 2 miles of golden sand and is protected by the famous pebble ridge and long promenade. Behind the pebble ridge lies the Northam Burrows Country Park, with nearly 1000 acres of common ground to explore. To the west you will find wonderful scenic walks. All the traditional seaside attractions you would expect are situated on the promenade and within the village, which provides a vibrant atmosphere and happy bustling shopping centre. Westward Ho! has a large choice of varied holiday accommodation and is ideally situated close to the many attractions that North Devon has to offer.


Widecombe in the Moor, a pretty village or tourist trap? Famous as the Dartmoor town, it gets very busy in the summer, lots of coaches and walkers. Tea rooms, walks, pubs and restaurants and a large car park. Famous for the song Widecombe Fair, Uncle Tom Cobbly and all, not forgetting Harry Hawk! The Fair is the second Tuesday in September. Church is known as the Cathedral of the Moor, although is actually called The Church of St. Pancras.


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