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Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and it's easy to see how the town inspired her writing. It features - often under a different identity - in numerous novels identified on the Agatha Christie Literary Trail.

Torquay is thinly disguised as St Loo in Peril at End House, Hollowquay in Postern of Fate, and Cullenquay in Mrs McGinty's Dead. The Murder at the Vicarage (the first appearance of Miss Marple in a full length novel) is said to have been inspired by parts of Torquay as well.

During her time working in the dispensary at Torquay Town Hall during World War I she picked up her knowledge of poisons and potions, which she used to good effect in her first ever novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920.

The town also boasts numerous associations with the author's life and times, many of which you'll find on this website.

What's Nearby

  1. Agatha Christie Bust

    Agatha Christie Bust Torquay

    Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and the English Riviera celebrated her centenary in...

    0.07 miles away
  2. Princess Gardens

    Princess Gardens Torquay

    A wander along Torquay's seafront will take you alongside Torquay Marina and through the pretty...

    0.2 miles away
  3. Beacon Cove

    Beacon Cove

    Beacon Cove is a perfect haven away from the main beach of Torquay, close to Living Coasts, a part...

    0.27 miles away
  4. Torquay Museum

    Torquay Museum

    Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum – a hands-on family-friendly...

    0.29 miles away
  1. Torre Abbey

    Torre Abbey

    Explore 800 years of history beautifully presented heritage rooms, galleries, art exhibitions,...

    0.72 miles away
  2. Hesketh Crescent

    Hesketh Crescent

    Agatha Christie was great friends with the Lucy family, who lived in Hesketh Crescent during her...

    0.73 miles away
  3. Torre Abbey Gardens

    Torre Abbey Gardens

    Do not touch! is the warning for all visitors to the Potent Plants Garden at Torre Abbey. Discover...

    0.74 miles away
  4. Agatha Christie Mile

    Agatha Christie Mile Torquay

    Drift back into the style and opulence of the Jazz Age as you retrace the steps of the world’s...

    0.74 miles away
  5. Grand Hotel

    The Grand Hotel, Torquay

    Agatha Christie's honeymoon hotel.

    0.75 miles away
  6. Corbyn Head

    Corbyn Sands/Corbyn Head

    Corbyn Sands is one of Torquay’s closest beaches, and lies just south of Torre Abbey Sands. It’s a...

    0.85 miles away
  7. All Saints Church

    All Saints Church

    All Saints Church in Torre, Torquay, was designed by John Pearson and built with money donated by...

    0.9 miles away
  8. Kents Cavern

    Kents Cavern Torquay

    Kents Cavern is one of Europe’s top prehistoric Stone Age caves with an extensive labyrinth of...

    1.08 miles away
  9. Agatha Christie Blue Plaque


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

    1.23 miles away

    Ansteys Cove Torquay

    Between Torquay and Babbacombe sits Anstey’s Cove. Quiet, peaceful and incredibly beautiful, this...

    1.36 miles away
  11. Babbacombe Cliff Railway Torquay

    Babbacombe Cliff Railway Torquay

    Built in 1926, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has shuttled hundreds of thousands of holiday makers to...

    1.44 miles away
  12. Agatha Oak

    Barton Cricket Club

    Barton Cricket Club on Cricketfield Road was where Agatha Christie's father Frederick once played...

    1.49 miles away
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