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Tips for Making the Most of Your Stay in Torquay

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Torquay manages the impressive feat of being very English, while not being like England at all. The palm trees in the streets help to make it feel like a different country at times, as does the unusually warm weather, but the people and the town are thoroughly British.

Best time to travel

 

The focus in Torquay is on the summer months of July and August, with most of the big events scheduled for the best of the weather. It's warm enough in spring and autumn for an enjoyable visit, and accommodation prices can drop sharply around these times. January is the wettest month of the year, with around 36.5mm of rainfall.

Not to miss

 

The Agatha Christie Festival is a charming event that's much livelier than your typical literary shindig. The local soccer team, Torquay United FC, are a well-supported non-league side who play from August to May each year. There is a lot to do in modern Torquay, so don't forget to take time for that simplest of pleasures, and take a gentle stroll along the pier.

 

Getting around

 

The closest major airport is in Bristol (BRS), which is less than 2 hours by train. If you're flying into the capital, catch the Heathrow Express to London's Paddington Station - from there it's a 3-hour train ride to the city of Exeter, and then a further hour down to Torquay. Plymouth is an hour's drive west, where regular ferries connect to Ireland and France. The town centre is compact enough to explore on foot, and there is an extensive Torbay bus service if you'd like to venture further afield.

 

Cuisine

 

Restaurants cater for all tastes in Torquay, including different global cuisines and the same range of international fast-food chains you know from back home. Devon county is famous for its rich dairy pastures, with lots of fresh cream and milk available, plus the rich Devon blue cheese. Local orchards also provide a selection of craft ciders, of which Devonians are extremely proud.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

Beach etiquette is slightly more reserved than the French Riviera, so nudity and going topless are not permitted if there are others around. Men are expected to wear a top in restaurants and cafés, and some nightclubs may not allow any sports shoes. Don't tip at bars, but do tip at restaurants, with 10 percent being the recommended amount. You should round up taxi fares.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 65000
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  • Spoken languages: English
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  • Electrical: 220-240 volts, 50 Hz, plug type G
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  • Phone calling code: +44 1803
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  • Emergency number: 999