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Torquay Beaches

Torquay and the English Riviera have one of the highest numbers of award-winning Blue Flag beaches in the UK. The 22 mile long coastline contains 20 magnificent beaches and coves, with top beaches in Torquay and Babbacombe including Meadfoot, Torre Abbey Sands, Babbacombe beach and Oddicombe beach.

Torre Abbey Sands

Torre Abbey Sands

Torre Abbey Sands

Central Torre Abbey Sands beach is the biggest of all Torquay's beaches and popular with families. Abbey Sands has warm shallow waters and a long sweeping stretch of golden sandy beach bay. It's conveniently situated close to Torquay town centre, harbour and shops so all amenities are close to hand, with easy access to Torquay promenade and nearby parking.

Corbyn Head

Corbyn Head beach is a family favourite beach in Torquay, situated just south west of Torre Abbey Sands and with a quieter atmosphere. A charming beach lined with pretty painted beach huts, Corbyn Head is a sand and shingle beach popular for rock pooling with easy access to nearby Abbey Meadows and Torre Abbey Gardens.

Meadfoot Beach

Meadfoot Beach with dive school is just east of Torquay town centre and was a popular swimming beach with Agatha Christie who swam here as a child practically every day in the summer! Meadfoot Beach is relatively large and has superb views of the Torbay coastline and across to off-shore Thatchers Rock. Meadfoot is a mix of pebble and sand, and as the tide goes out rocky areas are exposed so at low tide it's great for rock pooling! Diving is also popular and you'll find a dive school flanking the beach. Meadfoot is well equipped with a great terraced cafe, public toilets and a shop, as well as a scattering of beach huts, with deck chairs available to hire.

Babbacombe Beaches

Babbacombe Beaches

Babbacombe Beaches

Babbacombe beach is a charming small sheltered beach consisting of both sand and shingle. Popular for fishing and a big beach hit with families, Babbacombe beach has a great family friendly pub right on the beach. Reach Babbacombe beach via a scenic pathway which leads down from Babbacombe Downs. Dogs are welcome on this Torbay beach. Oddicombe Beach adjacent to Babbacombe beach is a delightful family beach, reached by the famous Babbacombe Cliff Railway or down the steep path from Babbacombe Downs. This beach is also a mix of sand and shingle with superb family facilities including a cafe, beach shop, toilets, baby changing areas, a first aid point and telephone.

Watcombe Beach

Situated just beyond Torquay and Babbacombe, peaceful Watcombe beach is a Riviera beach cove gem. Dogs are welcome on Watcombe Beach all year round and Watcombe is accessed by a steep path down from the cliffs through mature woodland on the hillside before emerging at the cove beach. Lifeguards, a cafe and toilets are all available across the summer season.

Maidencombe Beach

The perfect peaceful beach retreat, beautiful Maidencombe Beach around Torquay also sits beyond Babbacombe to the east of Torquay and is surrounded by countryside. Accessible via a narrow path, Maidencombe is a sandy beach offering safe bathing. Dogs are welcome all year round and just up from the beach, the South West Coast Path along this stretch of the Torbay coastline is particularly stunning.

Accommodation in Torquay

  • Torquay   (0.9 miles from the centre of Torquay)
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    Budget Torquay hotel set 0.8 miles from the seafront with newly refurbished ensuite rooms. Bar/ cafe, chargeable on site parking, Wi-Fi & early check in/ late check out.
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  • Torquay   (1.6 miles from the centre of Torquay)
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    Modern Torquay holiday apartments with wonderful sea-views, balconies, private parking & free Wi-Fi service. Families welcome, pet friendly by arrangement. 100 metres to beach.
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  • Torquay   (1.2 miles from the centre of Torquay)
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    Self-catering apartments in a charming villa close to Torquay seafront, Catering for 2 people. Dogs welcome, off-road parking, childrens play area, riviera views.
     
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  • Babbacombe   (0.8 miles from the centre of Torquay)
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    £45
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    4 Star Gold multi award-winning Babbacombe B&B. 12 stylish rooms, 8 with sea view private balconies, in-house bar & restaurant. AA breakfast & dinner award. Family & pet friendly.
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  • Torquay   (0.7 miles from the centre of Torquay)
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    Excellent Torquay luxury apartments, perfect for business or leisure, in a good central location. Recently refurbished, outstanding self catering facilities.
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  • Torquay   (0.6 miles from the centre of Torquay)
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    £145
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    Stylish modern apartments in Torquay 200 metres from the beach with private parking, free WiFi and digital TV. Close to beaches & town centre. Shared patio & garden with games.
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  • Torquay   (0.9 miles from the centre of Torquay)
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    Friendly and welcoming B&B guest house in Torquay with 4 star silver award. Optional evening meal. En-suite rooms. Licensed bar and lounge. Pet friendly. Wi-Fi and parking.
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  • Torquay   (0.9 miles from the centre of Torquay)
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    Central Torquay hotel on a quiet cul-de-sac just 300 yards from the conference centre. Short walk from the harbour with 10 ensuites, parking, WiFi and optional evening meals.
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  • Maidencombe   (2.6 miles from the centre of Torquay)
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    £115
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    Thatched tavern in Maidencombe just 300m from the beach and South West coastal path. Cosy rooms mixing the contemporary with traditional touches. Bar and restaurant with log fires.
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  • Torquay   (0.6 miles from the centre of Torquay)
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    £380
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    Luxury one bedroom ground floor apartment in Torquay with magnificent sea-views. Large wrap around balcony, fully fitted kitchen, bathroom with shower. No pets. Short breaks.
     
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