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Review of "Torbay (England)"

published 28/05/2002 | ashford
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Pro Nice climate (for UK) Good beaches
Cons Gets very busy
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"Torbay England's Reviera"

One of the nicest seaside resorts anywhere in England in my book has to be Torquay,which some refer to as the English Riviera. It is part of Torbay,an area that also includes Paignton and the rather atmospheric,cute,little fishing town of Brixham.

It is not difficult to see why praise is bestowed upon this "Queen of Watering Places". For this gorgeous town has a lovely position and often gets the best of the English weather-there are even palm trees to be seen along the sea front.

Then in the 19 th and 20 th centuries the resort attracted a lot of well to do people including the American born Isaac Singer, the sewing machine magnate, and the brilliant crime writer Agatha Christie. It is surrounding by utterly beautiful countryside and the town itself has great natural beauty. There are several nice beaches and the harbor is very picturesque,bustling and great for good photographs.Clustered around are some fascinating shops,amusement centers,kiosks and all the traditional fun one associates with the English seaside.

The accommodation picture in Torquay and the rest of Torbay is superb. Torquay has several de luxe hotels including the 5 star Imperial Hotel, numerous 2/3 star hotels and numerous spotlessly clean and homely bed and breakfast establishments. Brixham also boasts of several good hotels and guest houses and Paignton is replete with clean and freshly painted guest houses and small hotels.

You can great fish and chips in Torquay - and at nearby Paignton and Brixham- other traditional English food,such as steak and kidney pie. You also have a very wide choice of sophisticated bistros, Continental, Middle Eastern and Oriental restaurants.

The shopping centre in Torquay is also excellent and there are a number of classy,specialist shops. There is plenty to see and do in Torquay ranging from lively Summer Shows, elegant discos,friendly pubs, live bands performing in the larger hotels, the model village at Babacombe and lovely Cockington.

At the latter there are gift shops, pony rides and absolutely idyllic thatched-roofed cottages to browse. There are also several themed attractions to explore. Torquay is also a wonderful base for exploring the delights of South Devon including the capital city of Exeter, with Paignton and Brixham on the doorstep and lovely Dartmouth not very far away.

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  • tabyorky published 28/05/2002
    I went there a couple of years ago and liked it. Only ever been there once though but I would definitely go back there again.
  • starsaber90 published 28/05/2002
    I've never been there, actually, despite my family having dragged me kicking and screaming around half the country (thank god for Uni). But you forgot to mention Faulty Towers!
  • SusanLesley published 28/05/2002
    I do like the area but I think it is all getting a bit too commercialised for me. Susan
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