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The ABC Murders

The ABC Murders

Churston Station

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Agatha Christie Literary Trail

If your interest in Agatha Christie lies firmly in the murderous mystery of her written word, then look no further than the Agatha Christie Literary Trail through the English Riviera and South Devon.

This collection of sites, principally within the English Riviera, reveals the inspirations behind over 20 Agatha Christie novels. Take a look at the sites below, or pick up a free leaflet from Visitor Information Centres and other outlets in South Devon. There are so many places to discover that your days out in South Devon will certainly be full!

Well-Loved Mysteries

On the trail you’ll come across places that inspired the settings of some of the most well-loved Miss Marple and Poirot mysteries. See the original Majestic Hotel - aka the Imperial Hotel in Torquay – which features in The Body in the Library and Peril At End House.  Take a trip on the train to Churston Station, and a walk down to Elberry Cove – both of which appear as themselves in The ABC Murders. Even Kents Cavern in Torquay provided the inspiration for Hempsley Cavern in The Man in the Brown Suit. 

Through your imagination many of our historic homes and landmarks appear lovingly restored to their original glory, and you can see the English Riviera and the wider South Devon area as Agatha Christie may once have seen it. Discover how Torquay became “Hollowquay”, Dartmouth appeared as “Drymouth”, and hear the ringing of the Greenway Quay bell, which is rung in Ordeal by Innocence to summon the ferry.

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  1. Elberry Cove

    Elberry Cove

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    Elberry Cove is a romantic impressive shingle beach with beautiful cystal blue clear waters a little gem in English Riveria, which is reached by a footpath from Broadsands beach. This is a beautiful beach in an idyllic rural setting.

  2. Kents Cavern

    Kents Cavern Torquay

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    Kents Cavern is one of Europe’s top prehistoric Stone Age caves with an extensive labyrinth of spectacular and easily accessible caverns open daily all year. This iconic heritage attraction has many quality tourism awards.
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  3. Imperial Hotel, Torquay

    Imperial Hotel

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    Historic Site



    The hotel provided the inspiration for the Majestic Hotel in two of Christie's novels - Peril at End House and The Body in the Library. In Sleeping Murder, Miss Marple's final case, the Imperial Hotel appears as itself.

  4. Haytor

    Dartmoor National Park

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    National Park



    Not too far from her home in Torquay, the bleak and barren moorland of Dartmoor provided inspiration for two of Agatha Christie's works.

  5. Burgh Island

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    Bigbury on Sea

    An icon of the South Devon coast and inspiration for Agatha Christie's novels.

  6. Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company

    Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company

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    Steam Railway



    Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton is the holiday line with steam trains running for seven miles in Great Western tradition along the spectacular Torbay coast and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear.

  7. Dartmouth


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    Agatha Christie set her short story The Regatta Mystery - which features in the collection of stories The Problem at Pollensa Bay - in Dartmouth.

  8. Princess Gardens

    Princess Gardens Torquay

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    A wander along Torquay's seafront will take you alongside Torquay Marina and through the pretty waterside Princess Gardens, a promenade lined with palm trees, well-manicured flowerbeds and an ornate water fountain.

  9. Salcombe


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    Inspiration for Towards Zero

  10. Agatha Christie Blue Plaque


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    Historic Site



    A Blue Plaque on Barton Road, Torquay, marks the spot of Ashfield, Agatha Christie's childhood home.

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