The English Riviera
The English Riviera is the name for the general area of Torbay that includes the three main towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Tor is an old reference to 'hills' and bay refers to the actual bay, hence Torbay being 'the bay in the hills'. Torquay is famous for it's Torbay Palms and on a warm, sunny day you could easily forget that you are still in England.
Lots to Do & See
Also within easy walking distance are many attractions - At St Marychurch there is the Bygones Victorian Museum, the world famous Model Village, and a delightful precint of small, friendly shops and pubs. Babbacombe Downs is a beautiful clifftop setting and also leads to the world famous Oddicombe Cliff Railway and the small but popular Babbacombe Theatre. Just slightly further afield is the incredible Kents Cavern. You can even take a gentle stroll along the main promenade at Torquay and wander across to the marina to look at the boats. Whatever you like to do, Torbay has lots to do for everybody.
Babbacombe Guest House is a jewel in the English Riviera's crown of bed and breakfast accommodation.
Babbacombe Model Village
Just a short walk away from Babbacombe Guest House is the world famous Babbacombe Model Village.
Take time out from the hustle and bustle of every day life and feel on top of the world as you see it recreated in miniature. Thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles capture the essence of England's past, present and future. It's not just the humour, nor the animation - it has a life of its own. Go and see for yourself!
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The Babbacombe Theatre is a fantastic venue with great acts and is set on top of the Babbacombe Downs. Most shows include an interlude and in the summer the Downs provides wonderfully exhilarating scenery while awaiting the rest of the show.
Bygones Victorian Museum
This is a unique experience of several different settings in one building, including a 1950s style shop!
Life size Victorian street of shops and period rooms.
Giant model railway and railwayana collection.
Interactive and illuminated children's fantasy land.
Multi sensory World War 1 Trench and militaria collection.
A real Anderson Shelter.
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Oddicombe Cliff Railway
The Oddicombe Cliff Railway was first opened in April 1926 and it still runs 80 years on.
cliff railway carriagesThose who are unable to undertake the challenging walk via the steep pathway (1 in 3 gradients) the cliff railway a convenient and enjoyable way of transport to and from Oddicombe and Babbacombe beaches.
Oddicombe is the only beach within Torbay to have its own cliff railway. The cliff railway over the last eight decades has carried countles numbers of passengers to and from the two beaches.
At its peak it was carrying up to 250,000 people a year. Numbers have declined mainly due to the expansion of package holidays abroad.
Concession fares for users of wheelchairs and small mobility vehicles so alll are welcome to use this popular cliff railway.
One of only sixteen funicular railways functioning in the United Kingdom Babbacombe Cliff Railway is believed to be one of only two, both unique in design and still operational.
Railway opening times are from 9.30am to 6.00pm during the high season the last up journey is signalled by the ringing of the ships bell 30 minutes before the railway closes.
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Torre Abbey and Gardens
Torre Abbey mansions and gardens with its historic museum and art gallery are only a short journey away where you can take a gentle stroll through the grounds and gardens to the tennis courts, bowling green, crazy golf, pitch and putt and the beach.