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Review of "Torbay (England)"

published 16/07/2017 | ravingreviewer
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"You won't find Fawlty Towers here!"

Without wishing to push any of my previous reviews, I have in fact written a number of reviews on the three towns that make up the more general conurbation of Torbay - therefore, this is going to be more of a general overview of the area rather than a more in depth analysis.

Known as the English Riviera and perhaps most well known for Fawlty Towers, Torbay is to be found in south Devon on the coast surrounding the bay that gives it its name - that of course being Tor Bay (which is in fact two separate words as shown here but the name of the area is merged in to one word). It comprises three towns that have grown to merge the conurbation, which are the more tourist based towns of Paignton and Torquay and the more fishing based town of Brixham - although Paignton and Torquay are pretty much joined as one, Brixham is in fact separated by a mile or two of countryside although all three do come under the general term of Torbay.

The area is accessed by the A380 dual carriageway which leaves the A38 Plymouth to Exeter road a couple of miles south of Exeter, which runs through the neighbouring town of Newton Abbot and through a newly built bypass at Kingskerswell before continuing on through the borough and then on to Dartmouth. There are also more minor roads that link Torbay to the A38 and beyond, as well as various coastal roads in the area.

Torbay also has a branch line with a handful of stations in both Paignton and Torquay, with it joining the mainline at Newton Abbot. The branch line then goes on to become a tourist type railway line, which goes on to Kingswear to link up with the passenger ferries that go across the River Dart to Dartmouth on the opposite bank.

Buses serve the area well with slightly longer distance services being provided to Plymouth and Exeter, and Torbay is also well served by long distance coach companies. There is however no airport in Torbay with the nearest being at Exeter, and likewise no continental ferry port either with Plymouth having the closest one.

Torbay is an ideal place for staying in if you are holiday in the area, as there is a whole host of places such as hotels or guesthouses; camping or caravan sites, and other such self catering establishments in which to stay at. There are also many different things in which to se and do, that range from beaches and parks; through underground caves and zoos, to marinas and boat trips - meaning of course, that there is something to do for everyone.

Shopping wise, Torquay in itself has a large indoor shopping centre with a lot of top name branded shops. However elsewhere in the Bay are the usual batch of independent shops, and with it also being a seaside resort there are the usual seaside shops too - and so therefore yet again, there is something for everyone. But in usual British seaside manner, the prices are rather more inflated than what you would expect to pay elsewhere.

And as you would expect to find in most places throughout the country, the nightlife is also going to be pretty bulk standard. The pubs and clubs range from the more independently owned ones, through to chain pub offerings such as Wetherspoons with some serving food and drink together.

All in all Torbay is one of those places that has something to offer for everyone regardless of age or ability, and so therefore I cannot recommend it thoroughly enough to you to consider for your next holiday. It is also one of those places that is close enough to other half decent places too, and so therefore many people use it as a base or indeed even go there for a day trip if staying elsewhere - apart from the costs involved!

Thanks for reading!

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  • CelticSoulSister published 28/07/2017
    Well reviewed!
  • jb0077 published 19/07/2017
  • 2mennycds published 18/07/2017
    fond memories of a childhood holiday in Paignton (in 1967 I'm afraid!!)
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