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Tours > England's West Country > Torquay

Torquay - Devon

View across Torquay Harbour. Wikipedia photo

The three towns: Torquay, Paignton and Brixham constitute "the English Riviera." Reached by train from Paddington (change at Newton Abbot and take the bus: or by road, take the A38 from Exeter; then the A 380 south), their many sheltered coves, miles of beaches, backdrop of high cliffs and mild climate that nurtures sub-tropical plants makes the area a kind of English Mediterranean. There are lots of activities for the family on vacation.

History buffs can visit the medieval gatehouse, a survivor of Torre Abbey; the Elizabethan "Spanish Barn"; Kirkham House, a magnificent 15th Century mansion with a fine collection of hand-crafted furniture; the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, where you can enjoy the Victorian experience; the Torbay Aircraft Museum with its vivid mementoes of World War ll; the Totnes Motor Musuem with its collection of sports and racing automobiles. At the fishing port of Brixham, perhaps the prettiest of all the towns on Torbay, a replica of Sir Francis Drake's "Golden Hinde" (formerly the "Pelican"), in which he circumnavigated the globe, amazes visitors by its tiny size.

Next Stop: Dartmouth

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