Torquay Railway Station Mini Guide
Tell me About Torquay Railway Station
Torquay Railway Station is on the Riviera Line and serves the seaside town of Torquay in Devon, England. The station faces the sea at Abbey Sands.
How Would I get There?
First Great Western Trains operate hourly every day between Exmouth and Paignton. In the summer there are long distance trains to Torquay, the ‘Torbay Express’ leaves from London
What Facilities Does the Station Have?
It’s a small station with seating for waiting passengers. The ticket office is available 7am to 10pm daily. There is a café if you need something to eat before your journey.
What if I Need Extra Help?
The station is easily accessible for people with reduced mobility or wheelchair users. An induction loop is available for the hard of hearing.
How do I get Around?
There are buses to the harbour and town centre and the bus stop is on the seafront opposite the station. Taxis are available if you do not wish to drive. Car hire is an excellent option as you can discover all that Devon has to offer.
Is There a Hotel Nearby?
Yes. The Grand Hotel is opposite the station and has views over the bay. There is a gym and leisure club for you to work out at or you can choose to relax on the sun terrace next to the pool. The Gainsborough Restaurant has won awards for its fine cuisine and the use of local produce or you can have a quick snack at the Compass Lounge. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.
What can I see in Torquay?
The town has nine sandy beaches, so you can spend a summer's day in the sun and swim or take a stroll in winter. Visit Kents Cavern and explore the caves or go to the Living Coasts coastal zoo. In neighbouring Babbacombe you can take a trip on the cliff railway and see the world in miniature at the model village.
Whilst you are there you must have a traditional Devon cream tea with scones stuffed with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Also try the fresh crab that is fished locally and wash it down with some scrumpy, the local cider.
Heading off in your hire car from the railway station you’ll immediately come to Torquay’s main beach called Abbey Sands. Following this along will take you to the picturesque and busy harbour from where you can take pleasure and fishing boat trips across Torbay.
Carrying on up Babbacombe Road you can turn onto Daddyhole Plain, a small cliff top plateau which looks down onto the harbour area. From here there is a beautiful landscaped walk along and down the cliff to the harbour. Returning along the seafront to the station, be sure to visit Torre Abbey, a 12th century monastery.