A colloquial name given to the bay area of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. We are a popular tourist destination with a tight conurbation of delightful residential areas, each with their own unique character. Torbay's sandy beaches, mild climate, recreational and leisure attractions have given rise to the nickname of the English Riviera.
We are so lucky, we enjoy milder year-round micro-climate temperatures and unlike most ‘sea-side’ towns, we don’t close up for the winter.
We also have a rich tapestry of history, Roman soldiers are known to have visited Torquay during the period when Britain was a part of the Roman Empire (obviously needing a good holiday) leaving offerings at a curious rock formation in Kent's Cavern, known as "The Face". Both Brixham and Paignton appear in the Domesday Book of 1086 and Paignton was given the status of a borough having a market and fair in 1294. The first major building in Torquay was Torre Abbey, a Premonstratensian monastery founded in 1196 and still standing proudly today.
Torquay's economy was, like Brixham's, initially based on fishing and agriculture, but in the early 19th century it began to develop into a fashionable seaside resort, initially frequented by members of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars while the Royal Navy anchored in Tor Bay and later, as the town's fame spread, by Victorian society.
The second phase in the urban expansion of the area began when Torre railway station was opened in December 1848. The railway was extended to Torquay Seafront station in 1858, Paignton in 1859 and to Brixham in 1861. As a result of its expansion, Torquay was granted borough status in 1872, and 1902 saw its first marketing campaign to summer tourists.
There’s something for everybody here, golfers, sailors, walkers and general holiday making fun.