Drift back into the style and opulence of the Jazz Age as you retrace the steps of the world’s best-selling author along Torquay’s seafront. Starting at either the Imperial Hotel or the Grand Hotel, the Agatha Christie Mile takes you to some of the places that were inspirational in her life and works, with seven unique plaques to find along way. Places to look out for include:The Grand Hotel – Where Agatha spent her honeymoon night with Archie Christie on Christmas Eve 1914. The hotel still retains an Agatha Christie Suite. Torre Abbey Garden – Home of the Agatha Christie’s Potent Plants collection inspired by the poisons and potions in her books.Princess Pier – A favourite spot of Agatha’s for roller-skating, and built in the same year she was born. Princess Gardens – Feature in the ABC Murders.The Pavilion – It was after attending a Wagner concert here that Archie Christie proposed to the young Agatha Miller.Agatha Christie Bust – A bronze bust created to commemorate the Agatha Christie Centenary Year in 1990 by Dutch sculptor Carol Van Den Boom-Cairns.Royal Torbay Yacht Club – Agatha’s father Frederick Miller was a prominent member here.Beacon Cove – Once known as Ladies Bathing Cove. It was here that Agatha got into difficulty whilst swimming and almost drowned. Living Coasts overlooks the cove from its terrace.Imperial Hotel – featured in several novels.Torquay Museum – Home to the UK's only dedicated Agatha Christie Gallery.Guided tours can be arranged on request, and a free Agatha Christie Literary Trail leaflet can be picked up at the English Riviera Visitor Information Centre (Torquay) .
Imagine the silent prayers of the Abbey’s medieval "White Canons".Picture the opulent lifestyle of the Cary family who transformed the Abbey into a fine country home.Visit Torre Abbey and step back intime to explore the lives of all who lived here for over 820at the heart of the English Riviera.Enjoy our impressive permanent art collection and lively programme of contemporary arts events. Visit our beautiful gardens, and whatever the weather, you can be transported to exotic climes in our Palm and Cactues Houses.There is even the odd mysteries to be solved!
Welcome to Living Coasts, an all weather attraction, located on Torquay seafront in South Devon, where there’s plenty to see and do:mingle with the playful penguins, get up close to the otters, octopus and seals, and much more. Visit Penguin Beach to walk with the African and macaroni penguins and catch our entertaining feeding time talks.Below the decks the fun doesn't stop. With more fascinating habitats and creatures, there are games, activities and panoramic underwater viewing areas for our stunning species..Open to all, our Living Coasts Café is free entry to non-visitors too, so come in anytime for family friendly, local food and drink with panoramic sea views overlooking the Bay.Grab some feel good shopping at Tradewinds Gift Shop anytime without visiting the zoo. It's packed with wonderful products to suit all ages, from plush toys and games to books, clothing and confectionary. There's also a huge range of Fair Trade jewellery and local art. All profits go towards our conservation work.
With over 2,000 animals across 80 acres – you’re in for a really wild time at Paignton Zoo.Located in Devon, Paignton Zoo is one of the South West's most exciting visitor attractions.It’s a place to roam, discover and get in touch with your inner animal.Get up close to some of the animal wonders of the world across our specially designed habitats - from the savannah to the wetlands and the tropical forest.Run wild in our play areas or hop aboard our unique Jungle Express train to get even closer to the action.We’re also registered charity and part of a worldwide network of zoos which cares for and breeds rare species thanks to visitors who help fund the work.Come rain or shine Paignton Zoo is a fun filled day out for all the family, and you’ll need all day to see it all.
Many villages lay claim to being ‘picturesque’, but the village of Cockington is the real deal. Take a walk back in time along Cockington’s narrow lanes, lined with thatched houses with their colour washed walls of stone and cobb, You’ll experience a quiet charm that is a quintessentially English with its manor house, cricket ground, thatched pub, cream teas and a place to stay.
Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age cave sites in Europe, making it Britain's premier prehistoric cave. For thousands of years the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping stone tools and hunting wild Ice Age predators.You will be taken back to these ancient times as you walk through the extensive labyrinth of caverns surrounded by spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations.The caves are open every day for guided tours, led by entertaining guides, concluding in an underground exhibition chamber.Outside there is plenty to entertain the family with a Stone Age woodland trail, indoor kids-archaeological dig area and hands-on cave art areas.The attraction has a superb gift shop, excellent restaurant and relaxing gardens.These beautiful caves have many awards for quality tourism, they are a protected national monument and a major visitor centre for the UNESCO endorsed English Riviera Global Geopark.
Will give you a real insight into the history of the English Riviera - both modern & prehistoric. It also holds the country's only permanent Agatha Christie Gallery.