Torquay is a perfect example of a traditional English seaside town and is the perfect place to experience British culture and learn English.Play video of Torquay and Cockington
Things to do in Torquay
Coastal zoo & aquarium in Torquay. See penguins, seals, puffins, otters, octopus, rays, sea horses & more.
2000 creatures, six animal habitats, Jungle Express train, indoor play areas, good food & easy access. A great family day out.
Brixham by Boat
Try to spot dolphins whilst taking the ferry to the historic fishing port of Brixham.
Quaint historical village famous for its beautiful countryside walks, gardens and arts and crafts studio.
Agatha Christie's House
Visit Greenway estate, once the home of famed mystery author Agatha Christie
Prehistoric cave system, home of ancient humans.
Babbacombe Model Village
Restaurants & Bars
Torquay offers some of the finest dining experiences in the South West, and is home to numerous premium hotels, restaurants and bars.
Enjoy fine French dining at Le Bistrot Pierre, sip a refreshing cocktail at Visto Lounge, or tuck into an irresistible Latin American appetiser at Las Iguanas, all of which share stunning views across the Bay from Torquay’s stylish new Abbey Sands beach-side development.
Or if seafood is more your thing, you can savour the freshest local fish and chips at Rockfish or enjoy a truly unforgettable seafood dining experience at Number 7 Bistro, both located beside Torquay’s charming harbour.
Boating & Water-sports
Torquay is a world-renowned sailing destination, regularly welcoming international events such as the Transatlantic Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta.
With its glamorous marina, breathtaking coastline and idyllic horse-shoe shaped bay, Torquay has something for every visitor, no matter what type of water-based activity floats your particular boat.
You can choose between coasteering, wake-boarding, private boat charters, day and evening cruises, waterskiing, paddle-boarding, and sea-fishing, to name just a few of the many water-bound activities on offer. For more information, talk to our Social Events team in TIS Student Lounge.
You can find all the biggest UK high-street retailers on Union Street, Torquay’s main shopping concourse (which becomes Fleet Street as you descend to Torquay Harbour). Big names such as Primark, TK Maxx, H&M, River Island, Debenhams, Sports Direct and Waterstones are all just a few minutes’ walk from TIS.
If you’re looking for something a little more special, head for Hoopers on the Strand by Torquay’s picturesque harbour, where an elegant four-storey department store stocking all the latest top designer labels awaits you.
Set back from the seafront and surrounded by woodland and wildlife is the rustic country village of Cockington. Here you will find a traditional craft centre where you can watch exquisite and unique souvenirs take shape before your very eyes. Even if you haven’t come to buy, you can enjoy glassblowing, metalwork, woodcraft, jewellery-making and mosaics all being busily brought to life in vibrant workshops set inside the grounds of Cockington Court, an opulent eighteenth-century manor house and park.
Theatre & Shows
Torquay is home to three very special theatres: the largest – with 1,500 seats – is the Princess Theatre, a popular venue for touring West End musicals, ballets, operas, and concerts, and much celebrated for its stunning views out to sea from the scenic theatre bar.
Equally well-located, Babbacombe Theatre on Torquay’s north coast has been hosting top musical variety shows since the 1930s and is open year-round with 600 recently refurbished seats.
Finally, The Little Theatre, just a few minutes’ walk from beautiful Meadfoot Beach, hosts Torquay’s local amateur dramatics company, who regularly stage a wide range of plays from Agatha Christie thrillers to contemporary comedy, drama and satire.
Even better, throughout the summer months you can enjoy open air theatre in a range of locations around the Bay that offer truly stunning scenery, from the gently rolling meadows of Cockington Court to the dramatic clifftops of Berry Head.