Torre Abbey Gardens


Built in 1196, this impressive abbey is a setting for arts and cultural events, but it's the wonderful gardens that are of most interest – particularly to Agatha Christie fans. The Potent Plant plot features species which can be used to make the poisons that feature in the crime writer's novels. Particularly deadly are the prunus family (its fruit stones can be used to make one of Christie's favourites: cyanide), foxglove and monkshood.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Torquay attractions

2. Torquay Museum

1.04 MILES

The collection at Torquay's town museum is eclectic, taking in everything from samurai suits of armour to Egyptian mummies and taxidermied butterflies…

3. Cockington Country Park

1.07 MILES

At 182 hectares, Cockington provides a welcome oasis of calm, green space, just a mile from Torquay's seafront bustle. Walking trails wind through fields,…

4. Babbacombe Model Village

1.78 MILES

There are 413 tiny buildings, inhabited by 13,160 even tinier people, on display at this Lilliputian attraction, the epitome of English eccentricity…

5. Paignton Pier


To indulge in pure holiday nostalgia, head to this grand old Victorian pier where you can parade along the long wooden deck, jump in a dodgem, bounce…

6. Kents Cavern

1.81 MILES

Expect stalactites to drip water on your head and temperatures to dip to 14°C in these atmospheric caves. Hour-long guided tours lead through a maze of…

7. Oddicombe Beach

1.84 MILES

One of a string of sand-and-shingle beaches, Oddicombe sits at the foot of the Babbacombe Cliff Railway.

8. Anstey's Cove

1.94 MILES

A pocket-sized beach that's popular with swimmers, thanks to a picturesque rock ridge and pinnacle, and a cheerful beach cafe.