A Paradise by the Sea; English Riviera

Birmingham Evening Mail (England), September 29, 1998 | Go to article overview

A Paradise by the Sea; English Riviera


SITUATED on 22 miles of idyllic South Devon coastline, the English Riviera has become one of the best loved and most popular of all England's seaside resorts.

Warm, sunny summers and mild winters ensure that the English Riviera is enjoyable throughout the year.

The three towns are all very different in character but combined with the variety of the Riviera's natural assets such as secluded coves, long, sandy beaches and a coastal path offering spectacular sea views, the appeal of this favourite resort is unders tandable.

The elegant, stylish resort of Torquay, with its palm tree lined seafront, provides a relaxing, continental atmosphere. Pavement cafes, bars and bistros align the harbourside and seafront and a fantastic choice of mouthwatering dishes from around the wor ld is offered in the many and varied friendly restaurants.

Shopping, eating and drinking are well catered for with sophisticated shops in marvellous, unique surroundings.

The Edwardian Pavilion, built as a concert hall in 1912, now houses exclusive boutiques while retaining its original elegant interior design. Breathtaking views over the marina are enjoyed from the upper terrace bar.

The main shopping areas of Union Street and Fleet Street have many of the familiar high street names and are complemented by small, friendly, family businesses in the quieter precincts of Torre and St Marychurch.

A wealth of attractions ensure that there is plenty to see and do throughout your visit. The award winning Babbacombe Model Village is a delightful attraction. Step back in time at the Bygones Lifesize Victorian Museum in St Marychurch and walk through a street full of memories from the era. Venture down underneath the streets of Torquay for a guided tour of Kents Cavern and discover 2,000,000 years of history.

The world's most famous crime writer, Dame Agatha Christie, was born and raised in Torquay and the town honours her with unique and special exhibitions. Torre Abbey Mansion, the most historical of all Torquay's buildings, houses the Agatha Christie Memor ial Room which displays personal items loaned by the Christie family.

The Abbey itself dates back to 1196 and the Mansion also displays Torquay pottery, silverware and art.

The Torquay Museum boasts the world's only Agatha Christie Exhibition and numerous exclusive photographs are on show - a must for all Agatha Christie fans.

Agatha Christie's Riviera is a trail that visitors can follow and highlights many of the locations that inspired her and appear in her famous detective stories.

Nearby Cockington Village is a picture postcard cluster of medieval thatched cottages set in the country grounds of Cockington Court estate. Tours of the park are best enjoyed by taking a horse and open top carriage (during the season) and it is an idyll ic location to sample a delicious traditional Devonshire Cream Tea.

A series of walks and trails will lead you around the estate and be sure to visit Cockington Court which has become the home to the best of Devon's craftsmen and women. Patchwork, stained glass engraving and hand crafted jewellery are just a few of the s kills demonstrated.

Paignton is renowned for its safe, sandy beaches and it is truly a traditional, seaside town for all the family. Fun is the key word and Paignton's attractions have the best in family entertainment.

Quaywest Beach resort will provide hours of exhilaration - slide down some of the longest and highest outdoor watershutes in the country, or race around the Grand Prix go kart track. …

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