The English Riviera is set around Tor Bay, South Devon, one of the most beautiful bays in Europe, and includes the three towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.


There are direct motorway, rail and air links to the English Riviera. It is only 191 miles from London and 185 miles from Birmingham with the M5 motorway reaching Exeter from the Midlands, London and North. There are also rail mainline connections to Torquay, Exeter and Bristol airports offer regular national and international flights.


The English Riviera has one of the most equable climates in Britain. The long warm summers and mild winters combined with an east-facing Bay, create a haven for palms and other sub-tropical plants. Sunlight hours exceed the national average. Balmy autumns, fresh springs and mild winters first established the resort as Britain’s favourite during the times of the Napoleonic Wars and has since looked after its cherished palm trees and the well-being of its visitors. Average temperature readings around the world during the months of July and August 2009: Marseille 30°C Genoa 29°C Torquay (Torbay) 20°C Helsinki 19°C Source: The Met Office.


As one would expect in a major holiday resort, Torbay has an unrivalled selection of accommodation. There is an abundance of B&B’s, budget, three-star and four-star hotels, many of which have views overlooking Torbay. The Torbay Tourist Board will be pleased to assist you with accommodation queries on 01803 296 296

Torquay has excellent mainline train services from London Paddington via Exeter. There are also very good motorway links from the North and the South East.

Ferries from Europe serve Weymouth, Southampton, Portsmouth and Plymouth. Delivery and collection can be arranged for overseas competitors via the Yacht Club.

There are national and international flights into Exeter, Plymouth and Bristol airports.


Facilities in Torquay are excellent as might well be expected in a major holiday resort. There are a vast number of hotels,pubs, restaurants with plenty of nightlife. There are good beaches and Torbay prides itself on the cleanliness of the water. The town of Torquay has all the facilities one would expect from a busy town, with excellent shopping and places of interest, details of which can be obtained from the local Tourist Office. Most sporting activities are catered for, in particular, golf, horse riding and water sports. There are also excellent coastal walks.
English Riviera Tourism Company Ltd