Torquay Bank Holiday Weekend 2023
AU4ADDrIf you love to be entertained, then this is a tour not to be missed. Come with us to Torquay, Devon's seaside party capital and stay at the Riviera Hotel, famed for its fabulous entertainment programme every evening! But it doesn't all have to be party, party, party. You'll have ample time to explore and relax in this lovely seaside resort and maybe enjoy an ice cream on the beach as well as joining us on our included excursions.
These include a visit to the delightful hilltop town of Totnes which offers you fabulous photo opportunities with sweeping views out across the Dart Valley and if you wish you can browse the weekly market. You can also take a stroll around Dartmouth, both home to the Royal Naval College and one of the UK's most impressive harbours and maybe have some fish and chips on the seafront whilst watching the boats come in. Finally we'll take you to the calm of Buckfast Abbey where you can see for yourself how a modern day abbey functions.
We bet you end up with a smile on your face after all that...
An ideal choice for:
* People who love the liveliness of Torquay and want to be entertained
* Lovers of the great British seaside in general and Devon in particular
* Weekend bargain hunters
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Join your comfortable coach this morning at your convenient local pick-up point and head south west towards the glamourous English Riviera! On arrival in your palm tree lined resort of Torquay there will be plenty of time to settle in and enjoy a seaside stroll before dinner. Enjoy a drink in the bar to meet friends and fellow travellers, and make sure you have worked up an appetite to enjoy your evening meal, followed by fantastic entertainment that your central hotel is so famous for.
Days 2 & 3
There will be plenty of time to make the most of your fantastic seaside location, but make sure you don't miss your two great INCLUDED excursions. If you love a bargain and a chance to meet local producers, the charming town of Totnes is perfect for a visit on their bustling market day. Combined with an afternoon in the picture perfect riverside resort of Dartmouth, with beautiful views of the River Dart and stunning Royal Navy College you have a fantastic day showcasing the best of this beautiful area.
Having sampled the lovely coastline, the perfect complement is a visit to the edge of romantic windswept Dartmoor and the historic Buckfast Abbey. You have the chance to buy some of the lovely food, drink, art and produce made by the monks themselves in this most serene of locations.
Having experienced the very best of Devon scenery, food, hospitality and entertainment, it is time to say farewell to the English Riviera today. Relax on board your comfortable coach, as you head homewards with lovely memories of new experiences, friends and beautiful places.
Buckfast AbbeyINCLUDED Visitor DestinationNestled in the shadow of Dartmoor, in a beautiful wooded valley beside the river Dart, Buckfast Abbey offers visitors a tranquil refuge from the hectic pace of everyday life. The Abbey is a working monastery where a community of Benedictine monks live self-sufficiently, welcoming visitors from all around the world. At the heart of the site is the Abbey Church, a spiritual haven for the many thousands of visitors who come each year. There is an overwhelming sense of peace as soon as you enter the grounds with the church surrounded by gardens which in the summer come alive with colour. Within the Abbey precinct, visitors can browse in the Bookshop or visit the Monastic Shop which has an extraordinary array of products made by nuns and monks across Europe. There is also a gift shop and information point by the Westgate entrance. In the Grange Restaurant, you can relax and enjoy tea and homemade cakes or choose from a range of hot meals and light snacks which are changed daily. This is a calm and beautiful place to spend time exploring at your own pace.
Totnes (Market Day) & DartmouthINCLUDED Visitor DestinationTotnes is a charming Devon town with a bustling main street and a regular market situated in the beautiful Dart Valley. The town dates from 907AD and is surrounded by woodlands and riverside walks, built on a hill rising up from the lovely River Dart. The old warehouses on the wharf have been restored preserving the character making it an ideal spot to wander and explore the local traders and cafes. Totnes has an excellent range of small independent retailers and unique shops, with a focus on fair trade goods, handmade crafts and ethical products alongside quality clothes, seasonal food, beautiful gifts and so much more. Every week the town bustles with lively, local traders selling crafts, gifts and food on Fridays and Saturdays, the perfect place to find a souvenir or local tasty treat.
You have to go a long way to find a town as pretty as Dartmouth. Overlooking one of the finest natural harbours in the UK, Dartmouth has a strong maritime heritage with the iconic Royal Naval College set on a hill overlooking the town. You will find a host of narrow lanes, stairways and corridors, and historical streets to explore. The town has fine restaurants, as well as arts, antiques and craft shops just about everywhere. The Greenway Ferry takes visitors across the river to the world famous home of Agatha Christie, who so loved this area. You are bound to fall in love with Dartmouth too!
Free time in TorquayINCLUDED Visitor DestinationThe thriving traditional seaside town of Torquay has always been a top UK destination resort and for good reason. With its iconic palm trees, busy harbour, beautiful marina, sandy beach and wonderful array of cafes, bars & restaurants, there is something new to enjoy and discover during each visit. Grab a bucket and spade for a day at the beach, wander into town to enjoy an array of brand and independent shops or just take a stroll and marvel at the unique beauty that Torquay's gardens, seafront and walks provide. Don't forget, if you fancy a bit more sightseeing, Torquay's marina offers a wide selection of boat trips, allowing you the opportunity to discover the English Riviera Coastline by sea.
- 3 nights hotel with English breakfast & evening meals
- Great entertainment every evening
- Free time to enjoy Torquay at leisure
- Time to enjoy Totnes on Market Day
- Excursion to the harbour town of Dartmouth
- Visit to Buckfast Abbey
- Direct Coach Travel
- Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
Riviera Hotel Torquay
The Riviera Hotel in the heart of Torquay is the perfect place to enjoy good food, comfortable bedrooms, cabaret entertainment, superb indoor pool and friendly customer service. Its great location is just a few minutes’ walk from Torquay’s award winning beaches, sparkling blue sea and all that the resort has to offer. The accommodation comprises 140 well-appointed bedrooms with tea & coffee making facilities. Enjoy free entertainment to suit all ages on most evenings, including bingo, quizzes, professional cabarets and dancing. WiFi is available in public areas. There are no ground floor bedrooms however there is a lift, although some rooms still have steps to access. Unfortunately, the nature and age of the building means that the hotel cannot easily accommodate guests in wheelchairs, using mobility scooters or with limited mobility so please contact us if you have any concerns in this respect prior to booking.
For this date, we have an allocation of standard bedrooms at the hotel. Upgraded rooms are on request at the time of booking at a supplement subject to availability.
For more information, click here for the hotel website (opens in a new window)
**PLEASE NOTE - The Riviera is currently building an extension to the hotel with other ongoing internal and external refurbishment work being undertaken. This will be carried out throughout the day only, so disruption to your stay should be minimised. However, some views from hotel rooms may be affected whilst the work is carried out**