St Marychurch

Area Guides - St Marychurch

St Marychurch

St Marychurch is a charming suburb close to the delights of Babbacombe Bay and Torquay. It’s a lovely place to stay with its delightful pedestrianised precinct and everywhere within easy walking distance. You’ll find lots of independently owned boutiques and family-run businesses here and St Marychurch’s unique personality is why so many people fall in love with the place and come back year after year. One of the very oldest settlements in South Devon, St Marychurch’s two historic church towers dominate the Torquay skyline.

South West Coast Path

Walkers will love the wonderful South West Coast Path, which meanders west along beautiful Babbacombe Bay, around the stunning headland of Hope’s Nose, past beautiful Thatcher Rock and eventually leads via a breathtakingly beautiful and circuitous route towards Torquay. Alternatively, go east past Torquay Golf Club to enjoy the spectacular views across Lyme Bay to Maidencombe Beach, Labrador Bay and beyond.

For a small, peaceful and beautiful suburb, St Marychurch has some of Devon’s very finest attractions.

Torquay Golf Club extends a very warm welcome to visitors. Founded in 1909 it is beautifully located with tree-lined fairways and spectacular views across Devon’s magnificent Lyme Bay and as far as Portland Bill.

Babbacombe Model Village has 4 acres of award-winning gardens with hundreds of model scenes, tiny vehicles and pocket-sized people. Favourites include: the house on fire, Stonehenge, the model railway, the football stadium, the beach and the lake. For a special evening out, there are stunning illuminations at various times from April – mid October and during holidays like Halloween and Christmas. You’ll also enjoy a visit to their Devon tearoom and shop.

Bygones is a deceptively large attraction and is fascinating throughout, bringing Britain’s past and childhood memories to life. You’ll discover a life-size authentically created Victorian Street, including a forge, sweetshop and apothecary plus a 28-foot model railway, a mock-up of World War I trenches, a 1950s shopping arcade and much more. There’s also a station café and a gift shop.

Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe, one of Britain's best show caves and one of Devon’s most popular attractions. Their daily tours take you back to a time when the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping tools and hunting Ice Age animals. The extensive labyrinth of caverns, 400 million year old rocks and spectacular stalagmites and stalactites are quite awe-inspiring. There’s also a gift shop and café.

Eating Out

Devon’s St Marychurch is choc-a-bloc full of excellent cafés, award winning tearooms and restaurants. Pop into the precinct or stroll along Babbacombe Downs for lots of choice and endless sea views. The Cary Arms on Babbacombe Beach and Three Degrees West on Oddicombe Beach both make spectacular lunch spots – take the famous Babbacombe Cliff Railway from the clifftop at Babbacombe Downs to the two glorious sandy coves. This is England’s Seafood Coast with a delicious selection of the freshest fish and seafood arriving daily from nearby Brixham’s thriving Fish Market.

The Famous Chilcote Memorial

Look out for the Chilcote red marble obelisk at the Fore Street crossroads, which celebrates the life of Doctor Herbert Nicholas Chilcote. He was hugely significant to the poor of this now fashionable, area during the 19th century. In addition to his renowned service to the local people, Dr Chilcote was called upon to give medical evidence in the famous John Lee murder trial (the so-called “Man they could not Hang”) after Miss Emma Keyse was found murdered in her home near Babbacombe Beach in 1884.

St Marychurch remains a uniquely character-filled destination full of fascinating shops, great accommodation and plenty to see and do.


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