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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Torquay, Devon

Enjoy a slice of holiday without the air miles! Nicknamed the English Riviera there are lots of fun things to do in Torquay.

Along the 22 miles of coastline are 20 beaches. Some are wide expanses of sand and others are tucked away, surrounded by heavy woodland. This piece of the coast is a luxurious holiday destination for families and a great place to spend a long summers day.

If you can pull yourself off of the beach on your Torquay family day out there are lots of other activities you can do in and around the town. Waddle alongside a penguin and see otters and seals at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium. If you prefer your animals more prehistoric then Dinosaur World will help bring them to life as you learn about their world and uncover fossils.

The Torquay Museum is family friendly and designed to engage adults and children with interesting and interactive exhibitions, games, puzzles and trails, or Cockington Court is just two miles out of the centre and has lots of fun indoor and outdoor activities set within an impressive country park and manor house.

Help small children feel like giants for the day at Babbacombe Model Village, where you can explore four acres of award-winning gardens featuring hundreds of model village scenes, vehicles and people. Just make sure you watch your step!

Find your perfect day out

Play Cafe

  • Torquay
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Play Cafe indoor play centre offers lots of fun to be had by all ages. They have multi-level play frames, toddler and baby area, shoot out, computer...

The Boulder Bunker

  • Torquay
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

The Boulder Bunker Bouldering is a lower height form of climbing typically limited to a height of 4.5m. There are no ropes, just deep foam matting be...

Waves Leisure Pool

  • Torquay
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Whatever the weather, Waves Leisure Pool is fun for all the family! With a water temp of 30 Celsius you won’t be shivering in your costume as you wat...

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery

  • Torquay
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery offers visitors Medieval Abbey Ruins to explore, a Historic House and Gardens, Interactive Galleries and Art C...

Torre Abbey

  • Torquay
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Torre Abbey, in the heart of the English Riviera, is over 800 years old and has witnessed some epic moments in history. There is so much to discover...

The Torquay Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Torquay
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

There's plenty to discover for all the family on the Torquay self-guided mystery themed Treasure Trail. Clear directions will lead you around a fixed...

AMF Bowling Torquay

  • Torquay
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Take bowling up a gear at AMF Bowling Torquay, with Quasar, speed racing and Pacman - more than enough to keep your littluns busy. Bowling doesn’t ca...

Torquay Museum

  • Torquay
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Torquay Museum is a family-friendly museum with games, quizzes and trails plus blockbuster summer exhibitions designed to engage children and adults...



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Bygones Victorian Museum3.3333333333333335 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Torquay
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Bygones Victorian Museum shop as grandparents used to shop. Memories of journeys on the romantic steam trains your parents knew. Escape into the m...

Babbacombe Model Village5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Torquay
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Babbacombe Model Village makes you feel like a giant as you explore 4 acres of award-winning gardens showcasing hundreds of model scenes, vehicles an...

Kents Cavern

  • Torquay
  • Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

Bring your little neanderthals for a guided tour around one of Britain's most important Stone Age Heritage site, Kents Cavern. These prehistoric cave...

Cockington Court

  • Torquay
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

There's always something to do for kids (and grown-ups) at Cockington Court and lots of it is actually free! An all-weather play area open all year h...

Torquay Alpine Ski Club

  • Torquay
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Torquay Alpine Ski Club is the oldest surviving dry ski slope in the world still in operation! Don't let that imply that it's old fashioned though, t...

Paignton Pier4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Paignton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Paignton Pier has been a great place to have family fun since it opened way back in 1879, and it is set in one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in...

Occombe Farm

  • Paignton
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Come and discover a location bustling with wildlife at Occombe Farm. Visit a working farm with your family that won't even cost you a penny. This far...

Vue Torbay

  • Torbay
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Find your new family favourite film at Vue, where there's endless possibilities of places to go. Jump into movie magic at Vue Torbay, where you’ll fi...

The Children's Play Square & Party Rooms

  • Paignton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Children’s Play Square is a soft play centre for younger kids, conveniently based at the heart of Paignton Town. With 3 large rooms full of fun,...

Dartmouth Steam Rail and River Boat Co

  • Paignton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

How will you choose to travel along the Devonshire coast? Why don’t you set sail on a river boat trip or jump aboard the nostalgic steam railway? Dar...

Reach Outdoors

  • Paignton
  • Outdoor
  • Water Sports

Devon Activities is located in the heart of the South West and offers a variety of activities for different ages. The staff are energetic, flexible a...

Splashdown Quaywest Waterpark4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Paignton
  • Outdoor
  • Water Parks

What do you do when you are lucky enough to get a really warm and sunny day? You grab your towel and costume and go to Splashdown Quaywest Waterpark!...

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