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Ranked #1 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Scenic Railroads; Bodies of Water; Boat Tours
Owner description: The award winning Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company!...Dartmouth Steam Railway steam trains travel seven miles... more » Owner description: The award winning Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company!...Dartmouth Steam Railway steam trains travel seven miles along the most spectacular South Devon coast down into the Dart Valley and to the village of Kingswear which sits proudly opposite the Port of Dartmouth. Dartmouth River Boats operate on the stunning river Dart offering daily services to the historic town of Totnes and to the picturesque village of Dittisham. Harbour Cruises operate daily from Dartmouth. There are also wonderful adventures by sea from Torquay, Brixham & Salcombe to enjoy. We are unique in offering combined steam railway, bus and boat excursions for days out in Devon. The Round Robin is an award-winning full day out - a steam train journey, ferry crossing, river cruise and bus ride - a great full day out!In addition, we operate the last remaining coal fired paddle steamer in the UK - the beautiful 'Kingswear Castle'.Plus lots of other fantastic excursions and combinations! « less
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Ranked #2 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Brixham Harbour (Brixham)
Ranked #3 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks

In spite of its picturesque ‘pretty as a postcard’ feel, the historic port of Brixham is still one of the busiest commercial fishing ports in England. Every day dozens of trawlers... more »

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Ranked #4 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Art Museums; History Museums; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some epic moments of history. It... more » Owner description: Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some epic moments of history. It is one of the best buildings in the country to tell the story of 800 years of Catholicism between 1196 and 1930. This museum uses a clever mix of authentic artefacts with hi-tech interpretation. From talking portraits and statues to interactive displays and one of the largest fine art collections in the South West, there really is something for everyone. Follow the garden trails or pick up a family guide or Experts' Choice to discover many hidden mysteries. With a wealth of exotic plants, the gardens are a tranquil haven of beauty and pleasure and the perfect setting in which to relax, stroll or picnic. Children can explore the garden and bring the Abbey to life using our special discovery backpacks. Browse our shop stocked with a range of souvenirs, gifts and books or sit down and enjoy a selection of drinks, snacks and light meals in the tearooms. The house, Spanish Barn and Palm House are licensed for civil weddings, partnership ceremonies and christenings. Torre Abbey can also cater for functions, corporate hospitality or training events. A varied programme of events takes place at Torre Abbey throughout the year. Tours of the house are available out of hours to groups of 30 or more. Following the recent restoration project, the Abbey now boasts a new educational suite which provides opportunities for students of all ages to get involved and explore the Abbey's history. « less
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Ranked #5 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos
Owner description: Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a conservation and education charity located in South Devon. With around two thousand... more » Owner description: Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a conservation and education charity located in South Devon. With around two thousand animals, we have more species than anyone else in the South West. These include: crocodiles, snakes, lions, tigers, giraffes, elephant, rhinos, lemurs, meerkats, orang utans...The list is endless! We also have indoor play areas, the Jungle Express train and a lakeside restaurant. If you wish, we also offer special feeding experiences with certain animals, e.G. Meerkats, giraffes, giant tortoises, etc. Paignton Zoo is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. « less
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Ranked #6 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Babbacombe Model Village is Torquay's most popular and visited attraction. Representing British life and culture over the... more » Owner description: Babbacombe Model Village is Torquay's most popular and visited attraction. Representing British life and culture over the last five decades all in miniature. Animated scenes, along with touches of very English humour bring it all to life. Taking you on a fun, informative and nostalgic trip through the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s to present day, it has appeal for all ages. Famous for its lovely setting in 4 acres of award-winning gardens that are a delight to experience all year round. « less
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Ranked #7 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Cared for by local charity Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust Cockington Country Park surrounds the picture postcard... more » Owner description: Cared for by local charity Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust Cockington Country Park surrounds the picture postcard Cockington Village which lies just off the seafront near Torquay. The Park features beautiful formal gardens, lakes and woodlands which can be enjoyed via a network of paths. There is a Visitor Centre in the village staffed by local volunteers. Trust members can park for free in the Trust's car park, details on the website. As well as the village itself visitors can also visit Cockington Court a newly renovated craft centre in the centre of the park or make a day of it by combining it with a visit to Occombe Farm. « less
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Kents Cavern (Torquay)
Ranked #8 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Caverns/ Caves; Nature and Parks
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Babbacombe (Torquay)
Ranked #9 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
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Inner Harbour (Torquay)
Ranked #10 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Paignton Geopark (Paignton)
Ranked #11 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Playgrounds
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Bygones (Torquay)
Ranked #12 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Museums
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Ranked #13 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Historic Sites; Geologic Formations
Owner description: The Jurassic Coast is England's first natural World Heritage site and covers 95 miles from Orcombe point in East Devon to Old... more » Owner description: The Jurassic Coast is England's first natural World Heritage site and covers 95 miles from Orcombe point in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset. It displays 185 million years of the Earth's history. Visitor centres and museums along the coast provide you with the opportunity to go on fossil hunting walks, get up close with fossilied dinosaurs skeletons and learn about the creation of the rocks on this unique stretch of stunning coastline. More information can be found on our website. « less
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Ranked #14 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Trails; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Discover more about this popular and intriguing writer by following this one-mile trail that leads to places she knew and... more » Owner description: Discover more about this popular and intriguing writer by following this one-mile trail that leads to places she knew and loved: along the busy harbor and stretching along the palm-lined seafront and promenades. « less
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Ranked #15 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Brixham Heritage Museum was delighted to be awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year running,... more » Owner description: Brixham Heritage Museum was delighted to be awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year running, thank you all for making this possible! We were also joint winners of the Family Friendly Museum Award in 2013,despite nationwide competition. We offer a choice of activities which are suitable for a variety of ages, and we hold many 'special days' both within and outside of our Museum. There are opportunities to become amateur archaeologists, no matter how young, and many other "hands-on" experiences are found on both floor levels inside the building.For all visitors there are a variety of displays ranging from the prehistoric to the 1950s, with particular emphasis on the maritime industry of the area. We also offer Family History Research for all areas, and hold regular talks and social activities. For further information please view our website. « less
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Ranked #16 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Museums
WW11 Coastal Battery.Museum and Grounds Free Entry open Monday Friday and Sunday afternoons 2-4pm
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Ranked #17 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Tours; Ferries/ Boats; Boat Tours
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Ranked #18 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Gardens; Parks; Shops

A visit to Cockington Court and Cockington Village can be a free day out. Cockington Court is a Court House in the picturesque thatched village of Cockington.  Many people miss... more »

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Meadfoot Beach (Torquay)
Ranked #19 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Beaches
Owner description: Small stretch of shingle beach overlooking Torbay. Great for rock pooling. Good public toilets (open in Summer). Great... more » Owner description: Small stretch of shingle beach overlooking Torbay. Great for rock pooling. Good public toilets (open in Summer). Great friendly cafe. Access to cliff top walks. Back drop of the Osborne , a crescent georgian hotel. Parking available for beach on road and in small carpark. « less
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Ranked #20 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Living Coasts (Torquay)
Ranked #21 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Zoos
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Torquay Museum (Torquay)
Ranked #22 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum - a hands-on family-friendly visitor attraction, with lots to... more » Owner description: Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum - a hands-on family-friendly visitor attraction, with lots to see and do for children and adults alike. A wide variety of exhibitions are hosted throughout the year by the Museum, from child-friendly summer blockbusters to fascinating exhibitions about South Devon's amazing archaeology, geology and people. Detect your way through Britain's only Agatha Christie gallery at Torquay Museum, come face-to-face with North-West Europe's oldest human fossil and explore Ancient Egypt, including the coffin of a 2,500 year old mummified boy. Then follow the incredible journeys made by Torquay's famous explorers, from the frozen wastes of the Antarctic to the depths of the Brazilian rainforest. « less
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Golden Hind (Brixham)
Ranked #23 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Ships; Specialty Museums; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #24 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Torquay's Dinosaur World is an exciting indoor exhibition that brings dinosaurs and their worlds to life! See amazing... more » Owner description: Torquay's Dinosaur World is an exciting indoor exhibition that brings dinosaurs and their worlds to life! See amazing life-size and scaled dinosaurs, learn about their lives, uncover incredible fossils, enjoy our family quiz, get creative in our craft room, and even sit on a dinosaur! Whether you have little dinosaur fans, or even big ones, there's something for everyone to get their teeth into! « less
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Oldway Mansion (Paignton)
Ranked #25 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Landmarks
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The Play Cafe (Torquay)
Ranked #26 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Playgrounds
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Compton Castle (Paignton)
Ranked #27 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Castles; Landmarks
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Ranked #28 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Water Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Splashdown Waterpark Quaywest, great day out for family and friends, groups and schools. Some of the UK's most exciting flume... more » Owner description: Splashdown Waterpark Quaywest, great day out for family and friends, groups and schools. Some of the UK's most exciting flume rides and some of the South Devon's most spectacular views, and right next to Goodrington Beach, Paignton, Devon at the heart of the English Riviera.Try the heart stopping plummet the Devil's Drop and terrifically tumbling tyre rides, some will have you hanging onto the edge of your tyre, literally, and the Wild Kamikaze - well the name says it all! If that sounds a bit too much like hard work have a bit o a dip in the swimming pool and a laze on a sun-bed and just check out that view over South Devon's beautiful Tor Bay.Younger kids can get in the swim too with Submarine Splash and Tiddler's Fun Pool - a perfect place for little ones to enjoy a good old splash about.Want more than the waterpark? Some people do you know! Goodrington Sands, a stone's throw from the door and a great place to visit, sand to play on and rockpools to discover at low tide and loads more.A great new restaurant The View at Goodrington is open after normal waterpark hours is fab place to relax with the family in the evening. A super indoor space for eating but absolutely stunning tables outdoors when the weather's good, over looking some of the English Riviera's stunning scenery. Choose from all you can eat pizza, pasta and salad buffet and wide selection of main courses and super ice cream sundae menu. Licensed Bar too. « less
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Ranked #29 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Art Galleries
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Victoria Park (Paignton)
Ranked #30 of 48 attractions in English Riviera
Category: Nature and Parks
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