- Duration: 6 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2T8307
- Travel Type: Coach
6 daysThe English Riviera Torquay
Tours and Entertainment Included
Join us for a fabulous holiday staying at the stunning Torquay Leisure Hotels complex. Situated in the heart of Torquay, there’s not much this resort doesn’t offer – with daytime activities, nightly entertainment and extensive leisure facilities, this is a holiday not to be missed.
PRICE FROM ? £475 per person
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Morning departure from your local pickup, we make our way to Torquay arriving at the hotel late afternoon.
Day 2Exmouth Cruise & World of Country Life
Today we begin the day in Exmouth Devon. We start the day by taking a cruise with Stuart Line Cruises in Exmouth.
One of Devon's top things to do, Sailing all year round, you can set sail and explore the rich wildlife and breath-taking views of the River Exe or set sail back 250 million years exploring the Jurassic Coast Line.
See the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site at its Best!
There’s no better way to see England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, than from the water. This circular cruise departs from Exmouth Marina and sails along the oldest section of the Site, known as the Triassic Era.
Sit back and relax as we sail through time with the most stunning views of this 185-million-year-old geological portrait. Whether you are on holiday in Devon or live in the area, this cruise is the perfect way for friends or groups to see this World Heritage Site from its best perspective.
We will then re-join the coach and spend the afternoon at the ‘World of country life’ Exmouth.
The attraction has an eclectic mix of museums, animals, play areas and entertainment, both outdoors and under cover, making it an excellent day out for the whole family, whatever the age, whatever the weather!
With a busy program of daily activities, a museum of farming, extensive vintage vehicle collection, acres of indoor and outdoor play areas, wide variety of animals to interact with and a fantastic on-site restaurant, a visit to World of Country Life is a full day out to remember!
We will then return to our hotel in time for our evening meal and to enjoy the hotel’s entertainment.
Day 3Day at leisure in Torquay
Explore Torquay with its iconic palm trees, busy harbour, international marina and wonderful array of continental style cafes, restaurants, and cocktail bars.
There are some excellent shops and art galleries around Torquay’s attractive harbour area and the Torquay Museum has some fascinating exhibits, notably a permanent Agatha Christie Gallery. A must-visit is 800-year-old Torre Abbey on the seafront with its galleries and gardens including a medieval children’s garden, tropical glasshouses, and a full year-round event programme.
Places of interest in Torquay are:
Bygones. A family-friendly attraction with 3 floors of British history (Victorians, Railways, Fifties), nostalgia, authentic curiosities, interactive displays.
Babbacombe Model Village on the English riviera is famous for its miniature landscaped gardens, leading it to be branded as one of Europe's Premier Model Villages and one of Torquay's most beautiful gardens.
Day 4Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
After breakfast today we will visit Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, Devon’s most magnificent historic Gardens.
Over 64 acres to explore "A delight for gardeners" Spanning nearly 300 years of gardening history, the park is home to many rare and beautiful species, collected from around the world. The Palm House is made from over 18,000 panes of glass (built 20yrs before The Kew Gardens Palm House) hosting many Palms. Tropical House, Arid House, Temperate house. Enjoy your coffee / lunch overlooking the Italian Garden. Explore the arboretum and while away time in the bird hide Ride the Bicton Woodland railway for an oversight of the park (suitable for wheelchairs) The countryside museum containing a huge collection of bygone days.... And for the children indoor and outdoor play areas, crazy golf, Astro turf football pitch, ride the pedal tractors all to add to the fun (Please note play areas are only open to children between the ages of o to 12 yrs.)
We will be leaving Bicton Park early afternoon to return to the Hotel so you can enjoy some leisure time in the hotel. The hotel hosts a hub of entertainment areas including indoor and outdoor pools, bowling green and ten pin bowling, amusement arcade, the Aztec Spa and Bistro.
If you are looking for fun, relaxation, pampering or serious exercise this hotel has it all or if this sounds too energetic then just relax in the Aztec Bistro with coffee and cake.
Day 5Today we will embark on a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.
From humble beginnings as a UK rescue mission 50 years ago, The Donkey Sanctuary has grown into one of the world’s largest welfare charities.
Explore everything that the sanctuary has to offer, from award – winning gardens and scenic coast path walks, to engaging exhibits and, of course, meeting hundreds of adorable donkeys.
Take an interactive journey through the global work of The Donkey Sanctuary in the Exhibition Barn, discover all things donkey in the Understanding Donkey Zone, take a walk in the woods or lose yourself in the maze.
We can stop for a while at the award – winning restaurant and enjoy fresh, local seasonal produce while soaking in the unparalleled coast and country views.
Or simply enjoy a cream tea with a delicious scone and fresh Devonshire cream.
(Lunch not included in price)
We will return to the hotel early afternoon so you can have more leisure time to enjoy the hotel or take a walk down to the beach front or harbour.
Unfortunately, due to the Donkey sanctuary not allowing coaches and large groups we will now be spending a free half day in Exeter.
A small city that packs a big punch, Exeter is one of the most vibrant, attractive, and historically interesting cities in England.
Pre-dating the arrival of the Romans in AD 50, Exeter’s history is rich and long. This is reflected in its fascinating visitor attractions including its unique Underground Passages, free Red Coat Guided Tours, magnificent Cathedral, imposing Roman wall and beautiful Quayside. Exeter is also home to the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum where visitors can explore the city’s 2,000-year history under one roof!
Exeter has a real sense of individuality, its varied cultural scene is embraced by proud locals, and the diverse mix of eateries means it is renowned as one of the foodie capitals of the South West. Head to the West Quarter or the cobbled Gandy Street to discover great mix of independent shops and boutiques, cafes and bars.
Day 6Today after breakfast we load up the coach and say goodbye to the beautiful English Riviera.
- Return Coach Fare
- Tours as stated
- 5 nights bed breakfast and evening meal at The TLH Derwent hotel
- Entertainment as per hotel guide
TLH Derwent Hotel
Lively & informal, the TLH Derwent is the largest of our Torquay hotels and the hub for much of TLH leisure activities and entertainment.
174 en-suite bedrooms
Lift access to most bedrooms
Buffet style breakfast
Table d’hote evening meals
Free Wi-Fi in bedrooms and public areas Back to top