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  1. Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Torquay, Devon
    Built in 1926, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has shuttled hundreds of thousands of holiday makers to and from Oddicombe Beach in over 90 years of service.
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  2. This is a great beach for all ages! paddling for the young and a variety of watersports for the older and braver! Accessible via a steep road or you could take the amazing Babbabacombe Cliff Railway.
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  3. Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves, Torquay, Devon
    Explore underground at Europe’s top Stone Age cave, with an extensive labyrinth of spectacular and easily accessible caverns open daily all year. Our entertaining guides will take you on an underground adventure in the Stone Age home to Britain’s earliest humans and Ice Age beasts.
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  4. Blue beach huts at Meadfoot beach in Torquay, Devon
    A mile from Torquay harbour and in a stunning location at the bottom of a row of imposing cliffs. Grab a deckchair and enjoy the sound of the sea lapping against the shore, or wander along the promenade lined with a colourful row of beach chalets.
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  5. Torquay Museum, Torquay, Devon
    Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum – a hands-on family-friendly visitor attraction, with lots to see and do for children and adults alike. An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site.
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  6. Outside, Torre Abbey, Torquay, Devon
    An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site.  Come and enjoy a visit exploring Torbay's most historic building, garden and impressive displays, world-class collections and exhibitions, complemented by modern amenities and special accessibility features. This ancient scheduled monument has beautifully presented heritage rooms which are home to specially curated exhibitions and the museum's permanent collection which includes regionally important art. Family-friendly, and open all year round, Torre Abbey is truly a unique place to visit.
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  7. Cockington
    Many villages lay claim to being ‘picturesque’, but the village of Cockington is the real deal.
  8. Occombe Farm, Paignton, Devon
    UPDATE: May 2021: Occombe Farm is being redeveloped to create a brand new Farm Visitor Attraction. Please do check our website before visiting whilst work progresses. You can find out more about this redevelopment on our website: https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/explore/occombe-farm/Occombe is currently undergoing massive regeneration to create a brand new, all weather, year-round farm visitor attraction and farm shop. Planned to open this summer (2021) the visitor attraction (Occombe Farm Park & Play) will be a mix of indoor and outdoor play and activities for all the family. Extraordinary and inspirational indoor play for children aged 2 – 12 years, an outdoor jumping pillow feature and a self-guided animal trail with animal encounte
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  9. Geoplay Park, Paignton in the summer
    Great free attraction on Paignton seafront. An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site. The park is designed around the English Riviera’s geological history. The toddler area represents the Devonian Period when the area was south of the equator and under tropical coral seas.
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  10. Saltern cove
    An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site. Saltern Cove is one of the SSSI designate site in the English Riviera Geopark and a Local Nature Reserve. Unique in Britain, this nature reserve extends underwater to a point 376 metres below the low water mark.
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  11. Brixham Heritage Museum, Brixham, Devon
    An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site. Housed in the old Brixham police station, Brixham Heritage Museum provides an intriguing place to visit for all the family with a rich collection of exhibits.
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  12. Berry Head Nature Reserve, Brixham, Devon
    Berry Head National Nature Reserve guards the southern half of Tor Bay. One of the main gateways to the English Riviera Global Geopark, it is an internationally-acclaimed heritage site, home to a fascinating variety of wildlife and history, with recently-restored Napoleonic War fortifications. Enjoy the stunning views and superb local food at the Guardhouse Cafe, visit the Visitor Centre, enjoy one of the many events, and walk the ramparts as the soldiers did 200 years ago. Berry Head is free to visit and open all year. Dogs: Welcome in the Nature Reserve and the Guardhouse Café on a lead
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