Torbay has been attracting visitors in search of rest and relaxation since Victorian times when the phrase The English Riviera was first coined. In those days people came for gentle promenades along the beaches and coastal paths, a dip in the sea and to enjoy the wonderful views across Tor Bay.
Although you can still indulge in those very traditional pursuits, the English Riviera has moved with the times and fully deserves its long-standing reputation as one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations.
Nowadays the three Torbay towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham offer so much more for the year-round visitor, ranging from internationally acclaimed tourist attractions to its many areas of special scientific interest.Whether you want a day out, an afternoon’s diversion, or just a great way to spend a couple of hours, Torbay has it all.
First, let's look at one of the longest-established visitor attractions in the whole of South Devon. In fact, Kents Cavern has been around longer than almost anything on Earth.
Recognised as the most important Stone Age cave in Britain, Kents Cavern has revealed more about palaeolithic Britain than anywhere else. Hand axes dating back almost 500,000 years have been found, as well as an upper jaw bone believed to be the oldest human remain in Europe! Visit http://www.kents-cavern.co.uk/ for more details.
Next, how about something which has only just appeared on the seafront, the balloon.
Newly-installed on Torre Abbey gardens, just off Torquay seafront, this spectacular attraction offers 360 degree views across the whole of Torbay from 400ft up. With up to four flights per hour when the wind is low, you should not miss this chance to see the bay as the seagulls do. Adults £14; concessions £11; children £8 (children under five are free).