with Year round attractions Torquay is ideal for a break at any time of year

The English Riviera is an exceptional area located on the south Devon coast and including the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. The area sits on the magnificent and sheltered  Tor Bay and is sometimes referred to as Torbay.

For hundreds of years the locals made their living from fishing, quarrying and smuggling amongst other things but it was the arrival of the railways in the Victorian times that opened the area up as a holiday destination and it was in fact the railway companies who first used "English Riviera" as a way of describing and marketing Torquay and the other towns.

Today, The English Riviera is still a vibrant and thriving holiday resort and in particular has successfully transformed into a place for short breaks throughout the year. With a large number of year round attractions, improved transport links, award winning restaurants and some of the best accommodation in the country, it is no surprise that it consistently ranks highly amongst UK destinations.

We are able to offer year round self catering accommodation. We have the luxury Muntham Holiday Apartments and Town House located in the Wellswood area of Torquay, the boutique Hesketh Crescent Apartment situated in the Meadfoot area and the superbly placed Bedford House Apartments close to the town centre and harbour.

Set out below are some of the most popular attraction on the English Riviera which are easily reached from any of our self catering holiday apartments in Torquay.

Kent's Cavern

Kent's Cavern in Torquay close to The Bedford House Holiday Apartments.

These prehistoric caves enable visitors to go back in time to a period when humans had yet to become established and where bears, lions,mammoths and hyenas lived in the area. It also shows how the earliest humans in northern Europe then came to use the caves. This is an attraction not to be missed. It can be reached on foot in about 20 minutes from The Bedford House Apartments. Alternatively, for guests staying at The Muntham Apartments and Town House, it is just a six or seven minute walk.

Babbacombe Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village

This attraction is laid out over 4 acres and contains more than 13,000 miniature figures. It is continually reinventing itself to reflect in miniature the full sized world beyond  it. Quirky and witty it also has from a 4d cinema experience too. From the Bedford House Apartments it can be reached by car in about ten minutes or else by bus. It can also be reached on foot by guests staying at The Muntham Apartment and Town House  (about 25 minutes) and by bus from St Matthias Church in Wellswood


Bygones in St Marychurch close to the Bedford House holiday apartments in Torquay

Bygones is a place to lose yourself for hours particularly on a wet afternoon. With a re-created Victorian street, a First World War trench and a large miniature railway plus a full sized steam locomotive from Plymouth Docks, this is a collection of incredible proportions.

Dartmouth Steam Railway

Dartmouth Steam Railway - English Riviera

This stretch of line runs between Paignton and Dartmouth and was axed from the mainline network by Dr Beeching in 1960s. It passes along beautiful coastal and countryside scenery and has the added benefit of a halt at Greenway for visitors to Agatha Christie's holiday home. The same company also operates Dartmouth River cruises including the steam paddle steamer Dartmouth Castle.

Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo, one of The English Riviera's main attractions and easily reached from The Bedford House self catering holiday apartments.With big cats, giraffes, rhinos, elephants and monkeys and primates, Paignton Zoo is a great opportunity to get up close to animals you might never otherwise see at first hand. Visitors are also able to learn about the zoo's conservation work and breeding programme. This is easily accessible by car from all of our apartments in about twenty minutes. The Bedford House Apartments are also seconds away from a key bus route that goes to the zoo.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway

This marvelous example of Victorian engineering wasn't actually built until 1926 and has at times come close to shutting for good. Now in the safe hands of a trust it is thriving and taking more visitors than ever between Babbacombe Downs at the top and Oddicombe beach at the bottom. Parking can be a little difficult nearby particularly in the summer months although there are car parks and on street parking in and around Babbacombe. Alternatively, bus services  22  and 122 (seasonal) both pass close by.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway


Quaywest Waterpark

The water park operates from the spring to the late autumn on the seafront near Paignton and has fantastic waterslides and offers lots of exciting fun. It can be reached by car or by buses en route to Brixham such as number 22 which runs close by the Bedford House Apartments.

Splashdown Water Park Paignton


Waves Lesisure Pool

This all weather and year round facilitiy is located within the English Riviera International Conference Centre on Torquay seafront. It has a pool heated to a tropical 29 degrees and has a wave machine and flume tubes amongst other things. There is parking at the centre but it is limited and expensive.

Waves Leisure Pool in Torquay


Check availability and rates for self catering accommodation in Torquay

To check availability, rates and to book any of our holiday apartments, please click the link below. Don't forget that you get the best prices if you book direct with us. Up to 20% cheaper than online booking agents.

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