The English Riviera

Explore the English Riviera, a 30km stretch of Devon's south coast, with its string of golden beaches, tiny secluded coves and lively party towns.

The English Riviera offers traditional seaside pleasures in the resorts of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, around the romantic Torbay area - an ideal suntrap boasting lots of Blue Flag beaches.

Culture & heritage

Torquay is the glamorous star in the firmament of resorts dotted along the English Riviera’s 30km stretch of coast. See a classical concert, pantomime or West End spectacular at the Princess Theatre, book tickets at Babbacombe Theatre for laughs and groans at good old-fashioned variety shows, or try The Little Theatre’s varied programme of drama and musicals.

Visit the Torquay Museum for the Agatha Christie gallery - a collection of photographs and memorabilia linked with the life and times of the town’s most famous daughter.


Head to one of the 20 sandy beaches and rocky coves along the 22 miles of the English Riviera coastline – ideal for a family day out. Maidencombe Beach in Torquay, Oddicombe Beach in Torquay, Preston Sands in Paignton, and Breakwater Beach in Brixham are just a few of the beaches with Blue Flag and Quality Coastal Awards. Find out more on the English Riviera website.

Food & drink

Head to Brixham, one of the UK’s busiest fishing ports, and sample seafood straight off the boat, or catch and barbecue your own mackerel. Stroll around Torquay’s fish market to buy brill, John Dory and scallops to prepare your own gourmet feast. Scoff a Devon cream tea or sample Torquay’s classy international restaurants, and take a risk with a heady pint of local cider at little back-street pubs.


  • Discover the Mediterranean feel of Paignton, famous for its red sandstone.
  • Visit the marinas, wine-bars, restaurants, theatres and shops of sunny Torquay.
  • Explore the bustling harbour of Brixham, with its fishing tradition and history of smuggling.

Find out more on the English Riviera website.

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