The English Riviera

The English Riviera is one of the top holiday destinations in the UK. With it’s famous palm trees, warm climate, and relaxed atmosphere, whether you are travelling as a couple or a family, there really is no better place to choose for your next holiday destination.

With more attractions than any other resort in the UK, you could find yourself lost in a pre-historic world on Monday, taking in the glorious sights and sounds of the South Devon countryside by steam train on Tuesday, and relax on a boat trip around the bay on Wednesday. Not to mention the live Theatres, exciting nightlife, huge variety of shops, and of course the wildlife that can be found in one of two Zoological gardens, there really is something for everyone here in fabulous South Devon.

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The charm of Brixham, a small but bustling fishing port at the Southern end of Torbay is undeniable. The harbour remains the lifeblood of this historic town offering visitors the chance to head out to sea on a fishing trip, wreck dive with an experienced diving instructor, or simply enjoy the fruits of the sea, in one of the towns many fish restaurants scattered around the harbour.

With many of the restaurants sourcing their fish from the world-famous Brixham Fish Market, you can enjoy the catch of the the day knowing that your fish is locally sourced, expertly prepared and cared for by local people who have have devoted their lives to this stunning town in South Devon.


Dartmoor Steam Railway in Paignton

Paignton is a beautiful seaside town that has something for everyone. By day, see some of the worlds rarest species at Paignton Zoo, visit one of many coveted Blue Flag sandy beaches or sample the atmosphere at one of the many festivals and fairs hosted throughout the year. By night, choose from award winning restaurants, bars and cafes with incredible views across the bay. If you would prefer something a little more active, head to Paignton Pier to find the amusement arcade, crazy golf and a whole host of fun activities for the entire family.


If you are looking for a modern take on a classic British seaside town then Torquay is the place for you. Situated at the northern most point of Torbay, this town makes up one third of the world famous English Riviera.torquay

Renowned for it’s beautiful sandy beaches, warm temperatures and picturesque harbour, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in the Mediterranean rather than the South West of England.

Made famous by the Victorians who chose to build their holiday homes atop the seven green hills that surround this beautiful seaside town, Torquay is steeped in history, fascinating architecture and stunning views. The recently regenerated modern harbour-side and marina offer fantastic places to shop, eat and soak up the atmosphere while you enjoy a lazy summer evening cocktail on the waters edge.

The question is, with all that Torquay has to offer, why would you choose to visit anywhere else?


Things to do

  • Cafe’s

    Torbay has a whole host of fantastic, independent cafes offering the best in traditional Devon Cream Tea’s as well as the more modern barista style coffees to suit every taste. Whether you are sat overlooking the marina in Torquay, watching the fishing boats coming and going in Brixham, or enjoying the buzz of activity around Paignton green, there can be no better place to enjoy a cuppa than the English Riviera.

    Three of the Best

    Green Leaf Cafe – Torquay

    The Green Leaf Cafe is voted the top Cafe in Torquay by the TripAdvisor community. With all their food cooked to order using imaginative flavour combinations, a visit is sure to delight and excite your taste-buds.

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    Chandlers Coffee Shop and Bistro – Paignton

    This coffee shop and bistro in the heart of Paignton has been ranked top cafe in Paignton by the TripAdvisor community. Offering fantastic value for money, great quality food and a clean and tidy environment, it is a place you will surely return.

    The Montpellier – Brixham

    The Montpellier offers a fantastic selection of breakfasts, lunches, cream teas, afternoon teas and of course their famous Champagne Breakfasts and Afternoon Teas. With fantastic food and views to match, for a memorable meal, this is not to be missed.

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  • Pubs & Restaurants

    The Orange Tree Restaurant – Torquay

    Just off Torquay harbour, you will find one of Torbay’s finest restaurants, The Orange Tree. Enjoy fresh produce, beautifully showcased, bringing out the flavours of the Westcountry in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

    TJ’s – The Restaurant by the Harbour – Paignton

    Offering an unprecedented aerial view across the harbour TJ’s restaurant serves a predominantly Tapas style menu only using local ingredients and suppliers guaranteeing fantastic flavours every time.

    Rockfish – Brixham

    Renowned as the closest restaurant to the source of fish in the UK, Rockfish Brixham sits within the world famous fish market allowing all who visit to overlook the fishing boats as they return to harbour with their catch.

  • Shopping

    If your idea of heaven is a day at the shops, then the English Riviera will not disappoint.

    Fleet Walk and Union Square in Torquay offer a variety of stores from large high street names to independent local retailers all undercover. Venture out onto Union Street to further explore the wide variety of retail outlets Torquay has to offer.

    If a local souvenir is more your cup of tea, head to Brixham’s Fore Street. Here you will find a huge range of gift shops, local arts stalls and of course, cafes a plenty to rest your feet after a hard days retail therapy.

  • Walking

    Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll or a serious hike, one of the best ways to explore the English Rivera is on foot. The South West Coast Path runs through Torbay allowing all who visit a safe and clearly marked trail.

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  • Learn New Skills

    Learn to Sail

    Brixham and Torquay offer a selection of RYA-recognised sailing schools, allowing the more adventurous amongst the group to receive first hand sailing tuition as well as vital navigation techniques.

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  • Fishing

    Fishing plays a pivotal role in the English Riviera’s economy, particularly in Brixham. Fishing in Torbay is not exclusively reserved for the locals however. There are a wide variety of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn about this vital part of the regions heritage and culture.

    Learn to Fish

    Have you always wanted to learn to fish but never quite got around to it? Well, when visiting Torbay, now is your chance. With no previous experience or equipment required, for just a small fee, you can not only return home at the end of your holiday well rested and rejuvenated, but also the confidence to take up your new hobby.

  • Beaches

    With over 20 beautiful beaches making up the English Riviera’s beautiful Torbay, and featuring the highest concentration of Blue Flag beaches in England, there is no better spot to enjoy a summers day relaxing by the seaside.

    Paignton Sands

    Offering the definition of a British day at the seaside, Paignton Sands provides a sandy beach, safe swimming, water sports activities, the famous pier, and even a relaxing deckchair if the pace really has become too much, even for the most hardy of holidaymakers.


    Situated between Paignton and Brixham, Broadsands offers a long sandy beach the whole family can enjoy. Often with a calm sea, this is an ideal to take youngsters for their first paddle in the sea. The tranquility of the beach is only broken by the thrill of the steam train going by which is sure to catch the imagination of any young, inquisitive mind.