Things to Do
Local Guide Books
To help you get the most out of your trip to the English Riviera, there are a number of guidebooks available. All of these can be purchased before your arrival online at Amazon.co.uk, or when you get here from Torquay Visitor Information Centre.
One of the main attractions of the English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay, is its rich natural and geological history. If you want to discover this history (which stretches from long before the dinosaurs, through Stone Age man and sabre-toothed tiger, to the creation of the toffee apple and the deck chair), take a look at The Official Guide to the English Riviera Global Geopark.
Closer to the present, follow in the footsteps of prolific crime-fiction writer Agatha Christie with The Official Guide to Agatha Christie in Devon, a pocket-sized book that will provide you with the perfect starting to point for your holiday on Agatha Christie’s Riviera. For wonderful images of the county, check out Agatha Christie’s Devon - perfect for discovering the places that were important in Christie’s life, and in her novels.
Agatha Christie at Home is another book which is ideal for any fans of the author. Featuring period photographs, it will take you on a voyage to her favourite place, Greenway – a trip you can make yourself during your stay.
You can get up close with other important personalities from the area in Famous Devon Figures, which features dozens of short biographies and pinpoints the Blue Plaques on the English Riviera.
And finally, for some wonderfully picturesque walks, pick up a copy of Walks Along the South West Coast Path from Exmouth to Dartmouth, featuring the English Riviera Global Geopark, or take a look at the some of the many maps and short guides at Torquay’s Visitor Information Centre.
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This brilliant little guidebook will enable you to explore the path's stunning coastal scenery and rolling hills through the English Riviera Global Geopark.
An informative and fully-illustrated guide on Agatha Christie in Devon.
This beautifully-illustrated guide shows how, over the years, the landscape has influenced the wildlife and the incredible human history of the English Riviera.