There are plenty of places to visit in and around Torbay, but sometimes you might just drive on through without realising the charms of the various towns and villages. Here are some of our favourite little places to visit, maybe not for a day, perhaps not even for an afternoon, but certainly worth the trip and a shame if you miss them.
With a brand-new shopping centre, plenty of good restaurants, a restored docks area for walks along the river and many sights of historical interest, including a wonderful cathedral, Exeter has it all for a great family day out. Just half an hour away by car but also well connected by bus and rail services from Torquay.
A small village with good pub that is busy in the summer, located between Paignton and Brixham by the River Dart. You can walk down to Galmpton Creek. Agatha Christie lived near here at Greenaway
Famous for its Golf Course you can walk down to the sea from this small village between Brixham and Paignton. Railway Station on the main road for the Dart Valley Railway. Location map
A pub, nice church, a Sunday drive out of Torbay, turn off the A385 Paignton to Totnes road just after Paignton, or get lost in the lanes, an adventure!, by turning off the ring road between Paignton and Brixham. You can get to Galmpton from Stoke Gabriel.