Agatha Christie Mile

Starting from the Torquay tourist information centre on the harbour side in Torquay you can retrace the steps of the life of Agatha Christie, a famous writer that is well known and spent a large proportion of her life in the Torquay area. Born on 15 September 1890, Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie nee Miller, wrote a collection of crime novels, short stories and plays with wonderful characters such as Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple and Tommy and Tuppence. Her books have been translated into 103 languages and she also wrote the world’s longest running play that has been seen over 25,000 performances since it began in 1952.

The Agatha Christie Mile takes in 10 popular landmarks of the area, along the sea front and harbour area. The walk is not hard and you will find free Agatha Christie Mile leaflets available at the Tourist Information Office. Taking you back in time to when the famous author was living in the Torquay area, you will see some of the places that inspired Agatha Christie and her works, and find plaques along the way giving information and interesting facts.

Some of the interesting places to see along the mile are The Grand Hotel, where Agatha and her new husband, Archie, spent their honeymoon on December 24th 1914. Beacon Cove, which was at the time known as Ladies Bathing Cove. This is the place that Agatha Christie almost drowned while swimming. The  Royal Torbay Yacht Club, which held fond memories for Agatha as her father, Fredrick Miller, was a very prominent member. Some of the places on the Agatha Christie Mile have been featured in her novels, such as the Princess Gardens and Imperial Hotel.

Along the journey you can take in the scenery and see objects that commemorate the life and works of Agatha Christie. Dutch sculptor Carol Van Den Boom-Cairns created a bust in bronze in 1990 to celebrate 100 years since Agatha Christie was born. The Agatha Christie Miles is  fascinating insight into the life of such a well known and loved British author that is a must for anyone visiting Torquay.

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