It's well worth going down to Oddicombe beach,
but it's quite a climb back up to Babbacombe. Try
the Cliff Railway.
In the village of St Marychurch close to Babbacombe,
Bygones is open every day except Christmas Day, and in
the summer open till 10pm in the week. Shop as our
grandparents used to shop, go into a Victorian
parlour,visit the illuminated Fantasy Land in miniature,
see the scenic working model railway and climb into the
cab of a real steam loco. Walk through a World War I
Village and Country Park
through the year to Christmas Eve, and with free
admission, you can see how things used to be.
Ride there from the sea front in a horse and
carriage. Visit the stately Manor House, stroll
through the gardens, watch the village blacksmith
at work, eat at the Mill Restaurant with its
working water wheel, enjoy cricket matches on the
village green, admire the thatched cottages. An
unchanged village a mile or two from one of
Britain's most popular resorts.
Don't forget the Christmas Panto
Just up the road from the harbour as you go towards
Babbacombe, the Museum has six galleries including an
Archaeological Gallery with exhibits including a fragment
of the oldest human remains found in Britain. There's
also an Agatha Christie exhibition with displays of
photographs, newspaper cuttings, books and other
memorabilia tracing her life and work.
The original Norman Abbey was destroyed by the order
of Henry VIII, though some parts of the building escaped
his attention. The present Abbey Mansion was built during
the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is open all year. There are collections of
paintings, silver and glass. In front are the Italian Gardens and a large
ornamental pond, tennis courts and a putting green.
A good selection of entertainment and leisure
activities for all ages. Soft play area for children,
creche, roller disco, tea dances, restaurants, tropical
leisure pool with wave machine, sun terrace with barbecue
and disco, coffee shop and a cinema.
Agatha Christie Mile
The thriller writer was born in Torquay in 1890 and
set many of her stories in the surrounding area. On the
Agatha Christie Mile, the trail takes you to some of the
places that were inspirational in her life and works.
Solve the mysterious disappearance of one of Agatha
See ancient remains and amazing rock formations in
these two million year old caves. A new attraction from
1998 is The Stone Age Experience - a sound and light show
followed by a candle lit tour. See Stone Age remains and
listen to Stone Age tales around a camp fire. In the
evening, a chilling theatrical tour with candle light,
music and special effects. Plenty of free parking. Open
many many more attractions within easy reach. See below :
West Coast Path
& Dartmouth Steam Trains
Golden Hind, Brixham