Torquay is not only framed with beaches to die for, but it’s home to some of the best family attractions in the region too! No matter what the weather decides to do during your visit, your interests or the ages of your little ones, you’ll find a selection of fun days out to choose from during a self-catering Torquay holiday.
Let’s start with Living Coasts. This coastal zoo is the first of its kind in Torbay, and is a must for guests of Torquay accommodation at any time of the year. The large netted attraction juts from Torquay harbour into the sea, and the sea and bird life inside are evidence of the conservation work in progress. You’ll not only get to see the penguin colony as they bask on their own private beach (it’s alright for some!), but you’ll find yourself greeted by the braver ones as they waddle free amongst the visitors. Living Coasts also houses seals, sea lions, an Auk Cliff and underwater viewing tanks for a glimpse of life beneath the seven seas.
Babbacombe Model Village
Now for an old classic! Babbacombe Model Village is a chance to step away from the big wide world and enjoy everything in miniature! This Torquay attraction charms its visitors with its tongue in cheek version of the world on a tiny scale, and it’s a great day out for dry days during holidays in Torquay accommodation. Babbacombe Model Village sprawls over 4 acres of beautiful land, and its tiny people, vehicles and buildings create a fantastically English little world just waiting to be explored! There’s also a 4D theatre experience for just one pound extra.
Just along the road from the model village, you’ll find Bygones. This unique attraction is all indoors, so if you have a rainy day during a self-catering Torquay holiday it’ll soon be warmed with this nostalgic experience! Wander a life size Victorian street and shopping arcade, complete with all the sounds, smells and scenes you’d expect to find. The period display rooms offer a fascinating insight into everyday Victorian life, and watch out for the air raid as you wander through the smoky days of the Second World War! And how could we forget, there’s even a 28 foot Model Railway…so don’t miss out.
If the thought of doing the cooking during a self-catering Torquay holiday has you reaching for the nearest eating out listing, just imagine being a cave dweller in the prehistoric period…not only are there some of the world’s oldest natural caves right beneath Torquay but they have given us some of the most important archaeological findings in history. Kents Cavern is a fascinating attraction for the whole family, although please note that due to its nature it’s not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
Torre Abbey is a part of the Torquay landscape, looming behind the seafront behind its large tended grounds. But have you ever wondered about its history? From a medieval abbey, to a grand country home, this Torquay attraction is as much a part of its past as its present, and thanks to a lottery fund in recent years – its future. Roam the rose and herb gardens that inspired the deadly poisons of Agatha Christie’s novels, and learn the dark past behind the Spanish Barn that stands to the right of the building…