|Birthplace of the thriller writer Agatha Christie and Torbay’s leading seaside resorts, Torquay is a key component of the so-called ‘English Riviera’, boasting splendid beaches, a thriving yachting centre and elegant public gardens. Its warm climate even permits palm trees to flourish.|
It started life as a modest fishing village but eventually turned its attention to tourism with the Victorian bathing boom. One of its most illustrious visitors was Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It looks especially photogenic at night when its small harbour and marina are illuminated.
|While its domed pavilion has been transformed into a shopping centre, Torquay has many traditional and historic delights, including a fine row of terraced homes dating to the 19th century, the medieval gatehouse of Torre Abbey and a tithe barn which held foreign prisoners in the wake of the ill-fated Spanish Armada in 1588. Nearby 14th century Compton Castle is now a National Trust property.|