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Cockington Country Park
Ranked #7 of 39 things to do in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Cockington Country Park surrounds the picture postcard Cockington Village which lies just off the seafront near Torquay. The Country Park is free to walk around and features beautiful formal gardens, lakes and woodlands which can be enjoyed via a network of paths. Cockington Court and Cafe are nearby, along with a collection of craft studios where you can browse the creations of local artists and crafts people. The Cockington Country Park is cared for by local charity the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, who's volunteers operate a Visitor Centre in the village. Car parking is chargeable, although Trust members can park for free in the Trust's car park. Visit our website for more details.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Spent a couple of hours here, as had heard the village was worth a visit. Some pointers, we took our car, which has to be parked at not cheap rates, the main car park has toilets, which shockingly the council charge 20p to use. We walked up to the Courtyard,via the road, it is up a steep incline, so probably not suitable for little people, however, you can walk through the park, which is easier and flatter. The Courtyard has some small, craft type shops, but surprisingly, given the time of year, some of them were shut, missed opportunities, I think. It was nice to see genuine independent craftspeople at work, eg, blacksmith, toy maker. Had a nice meal in the park, at the Inn, food excellent, but very slow, but worth waiting for. There is also a small play park for smaller children within the grounds, which my daughter loved. We walked down to the main village, via the park and loved the thatched cottages. Was surprised that in one of the shops, which sold food, a dog lay and the assistant told us 'she doesn't like children' - wouldn't have got away with having an animal in a food shop near where I stay.
Nice play to visit to pass a couple of hours, probably more interesting for adults than children though.

Thank LCS-2006
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Lovely place for a cream tea or picnic. Thatched buildings with a forge and artisan areas in the stables of the Manor House.

Thank Seasidejemima
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Last minute booking to Torbay following weather forcast, hoping to revisit places I had loved many years ago and the only disappointment was Cockington. The forge was no longer working, but was full of tourist tat, the water wheel no longer worked and was even hard to find, hidden under a mass of greenery, the beautiful rose garden behind the tea room was burnt grass. Whoever has responsibility for this once little gem of a place should be ashamed. I would recommend no longer than 1 hour on parking, as there is nothing worth seeing except pretty buildings.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We spent a good three hours in Cockington loved the Craft shops and the gardens . Lots of walks in the grounds and some very old rare trees in the grounds to look at. Plenty of places for refreshment and food. We were going to walk but I would advise the local bus because its a nice walk but in the heat it could be tiring on the way back if you are not a keen walker. Would have loved a ride on the open carriage but our time ran out very typical of the area. We were fortunate to see the Bride and Groom of a recent wedding having pictures taken in the rose garden. A very special time for the Happy Couple. Would visit again if in the area.

Thank christine d
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

.A lovely setting ,a good choice of craft shops,but we were late arriving and a lot of them were just closing

Thank Angela S
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