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Top Choice Zoo in Torquay

Paignton Zoo

This innovative, 32-hectare zoo is by far and away Paignton's top draw. Spacious enclosures re-create habitats from savannah and wetland to tropical forest and desert. Highlights include the orangutan island, a glas…
Top Choice Modern British in Torquay

Elephant

The jumbo on Torquay's fine-dining scene: Michelin-starred and critically lauded, it belongs to chef Simon Hulstone, whose taste for seasonal food (much of it grown on his own farm) and delicate presentation takes c…
Top Choice Tunnel in Torquay

Kents Cavern

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 uneven rusty-red tunnels linking rock galleries, arcades and ch…
Top Choice Zoo in Torquay

Living Coasts

Clinging to the cliffs beside Torquay Harbour, the open-plan Living Coasts aviary brings you close to exotic birds. The immense enclosure features a series of underwater viewing tunnels and mocked-up microhabitats t…
Top Choice Museum in Torquay

Babbacombe Model Village

There are 413 tiny buildings, inhabited by 13,160 even tinier people, on display at this Lilliputian attraction, the epitome of English eccentricity. Settings include a small-scale Stonehenge, a football stadium, a …
European in Torquay

Old Vienna

It may be run by an engaging Austrian, but plenty of local produce finds its way onto the tables at this acclaimed, intimate eatery. The result is an unusual menu where Brixham crab, confit duck and scallops sit alo…
Park in Torquay

Cockington Country Park

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, woods and parkland surrounding a 17th-century manor house, a…
Bistro in Torquay

On the Rocks

Sliding doors and pavement tables make the most of the seaside view at this relaxed, informal cafe-bistro – it's just a shame the main beach road gets in the way. Still, it makes a pleasant spot to tuck into a bowl …
Museum in Torquay

Torquay Museum

The collection at Torquay's town museum is eclectic, taking in everything from samurai suits of armour to Egyptian mummies and taxidermied butterflies. The highlight is the intriguing collection of Agatha Christie e…
Seafood in Torquay

Rockfish

The Torquay branch of award-winning chef Mitch Tonks' minichain of seafood restaurants showcases his taste for relaxed catch-of-the-day dining. Whitewashed wood and nautical knick-knacks give a shipshape ambience, w…