24 hours of sightseeing on The English Riviera in Devon

Only have 24-hours to explore The English Riviera? Well, that’s a shame as we’d love for your to stay longer and have a good look around. However, you can achieve a lot in just 24-hours on The English Riviera. So join us on a whistle-stop tour for a short but fun-packed trip around Devon’s Beautiful Bay, packing in as many of the sights and sounds as possible.


Take an early morning tour of Brixham Fish Market

Make the most of your day with a 6am start at Brixham Fish Market and a behind-the-scenes tour which includes the famous ‘shout’ fish auction where over £25 million worth of high-quality fish is landed and sold each year, making it the most valuable in England.  The tour includes a delicious fish breakfast with some of the finest local seafood, caught in England’s Seafood Coast, at Rockfish Restaurant.

Enjoy Devon’s Beautiful Bay from the sea

Jump aboard the Western Lady, which departs from New Pier at Brixham Harbour for a delightful short ferry boat ride across Tor Bay. Take in the dramatic coastline and stunning landscape, which forms part of the English Riviera’s designated UNESCO Global Geopark as you head towards your final destination, Torquay.  You’ll arrive at North Quay, near to the cosmopolitan waterfront marina and palm-tree lined promenade.

Explore Agatha Christie’s Torquay

Torquay is the birthplace of the world-famous crime writer, Agatha Christie.  Take the Agatha Christie Mile, a self-led one-mile walking heritage trail around the town, taking in 12 of the places that the ‘Queen of Crime’ visited during her childhood and were inspirational in her life and works.  The mile can be started at The Imperial Hotel on Park Hill Road, a short walk from the harbour or The Grand Hotel, adjacent to Torquay seafront.


Sample the local delicacies with a Devon Cream Tea

Take a one mile walk or a short bus trip to Cockington Village, a picturesque, quintessentially English village on the outskirts of Torquay with charming thatched cottages and tearooms with pretty rose filled gardens and oozing rural charm. Treat yourself to some of Devon’s finest produce. The traditional Devon-style afternoon teas include delicious clotted cream (added first of course!), homemade jams and preserves, freshly baked fruit or plain scones, delicate finger sandwiches and loose-leaf tea, all served in elegant fine bone china.

Explore the English Riviera on an open-top sightseeing bus

A perfect way to enjoy the Mediterranean-style climate. Take in the sights between Torquay and Paignton, including Babbacombe Downs and Meadfoot Beach on an open-top sightseeing double decker bus with live commentary from the friendly, local tour guides. The tour lasts up to 2 hours.


A spot of Alfresco dining

Torquay is the only town in the South West to have retained the prestigious Purple Flag award for its safe late-night experience for harbourside visitors. Why not take in a theatre show and enjoy a pre-theatre meal at one of our quality fine dining venues.  There’s French classic cuisine served at Bistrot Pierre Restaurant or exotic flavoured dishes and cocktails at Las Iguanas at Abbey Sands waterfront complex or sample the popular signature dish, Moules 'n' Frites at Below Decks with its picturesque alfresco seating, parasols and stunning sea views.

Some night-time entertainment

The English Riviera has a vibrant evening scene to cater for every taste and budget. Take in a show at one of our top, award-winning theatres offering everything from cabaret shows and family-friendly variety nights at Babbacombe Theatre, local amateur dramatics at the Little Theatre, a West End touring production treading the boards at Princess Theatre or a comedy night or live music act on the stage at Palace Theatre Paignton or Brixham Theatre.     

You’ve seen some of the highlights but there’s so much more to see and do, why not book your return trip to the English Riviera soon!




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