Torquay is part of Torbay in south Devon. Famously referred to as the English Riviera, Torquay is a beautiful part of the UK with something for everyone.
The two nearest cities are Exeter and Plymouth. Exeter is just over 40 minutes by car and 35 minutes by train. Plymouth is an hour by car and over an hour by train. So if you’re looking for a coastal home with a job in a city, it’s easily commutable.
Torquay also benefits from the beautiful coastlines and nearby rolling hills of Dartmoor National Park. So whether you want to spend your weekends surfing or on long hikes, it’s all right on your doorstep.
When it comes to education, Torquay has 17 primary schools, five secondary schools (including one academy and two grammar schools) and one independent school. There are plenty more schools in nearby Paignton and Brixham, the majority of which are rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.
As a traditional seaside town, Torquay has lots of cute gift shops and independent shops leading down to the Maina. There’s also art galleries, artisan food shops, a regular vintage market, and essential big name brands.
There’s no shortage of classic seaside fare, with at least five different chippies, all a short walk away from each other. There are also several seafood restaurants, Italians, Indians, and even fine dining establishments all congregated around the marina with its beautiful waterside views.
Torquay has several hospitals, an A&E, GP surgeries and dentists. All great in an emergency or for regular medical attention.
As a tourist destination, there’s a lot to see and do in Torquay. There are surf schools, coastal walks, sightseeing tours, coves, and gorgeous beaches to enjoy along the coast. If you’re interested in history, there are fantastic prehistoric caves and Torquay Museum, which is full of exhibits of local history, and the Real Crime Museum with exhibitions on famous criminals including the Kray Twins, Charles Bronson and the great train robbers.