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History and Culture

The English Riviera is a perfect destination to explore some of the country’s most diverse and interesting history, heritage and culture: Explore the great outdoors of this world-class location situated within the UNESCO Global Geopark. Immerse yourself in the Foodie Culture and enjoy Brixham’s seafood capital of the country; Enjoy arts and heritage with our range of venues, events & activities and  find out more about literature icon Agatha Christie whose birthplace is Torquay.

We have listed some of our top choices that are right on your doorstep.

Torre Abbey, Torquay – Historic building and art gallery in Torquay founded in 1196 as a monastery for Premonstratensian canons, and is now the best-preserved medieval monastery in Devon and Cornwall.

Greenway House, Devon –  Agatha Christie was born in Torquay and grew up here. As a local girl, Agatha enjoyed all aspects of an English Riviera social life: roller-skating along the pier; going to dances, dinners and balls; and bathing in the sea. Find out more about her life with a visit to Greenway

National Trust Properties – Places of Historic Interest and Natural Beauty

South West Coast Path – Come to the beach anywhere in the South West of England, turn left or right and you’ll be on the South West Coast Path and on the edge of an amazing experience. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon stroll to take you to a beautiful view, or for a challenge like no other, there are walks to suit every age and ability

Unesco Global Geopark – The English Riviera received international recognition for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage, it became one of just 57 areas around the world to endorsed by UNESCO

Kents Cavern – One of the most important Stone Age cave sites in Europe and the Ice Age home of Britains earliest humans (10% discount with your key card)

Berry Head National Nature Reserve – Internationally-acclaimed heritage site, home to a fascinating array of wildlife and history

Torquay Museum – Bringing the history of Torquay and surrounding areas to life.