City Facts - Torquay
Torquay is a town in Devon, England, located 18 miles from
Exeter and 28 miles from Plymouth. It lies on the southwestern coast of
England, where it looks out to a fishing port, and adjoins the neighbouring
Paington. The town has a population of more than 65,000, and the predominant language
spoken is English.
Torquay has been around since Palaeolithic times. Traces of
early man were discovered there and are said to date back as far as 40,000
years. The name Torquay is an amalgamation of Torre and quay. Torre is the
ancient village that Torqay used to be, and the quay part of the word refers to
its waterside location.
Torquay was, at one stage, occupied by the Romans and later
served as a sheltered anchorage during the Napoleonic wars. The town’s economy
was originally centred on fishing and agriculture, but is now focused more on
Today, Torquay is a fashionable seaside resort with fun
sights and attractions. It was famously the setting for the comedy series,
Fawlty Towers, and is especially popular in summer. It has a palm-lined
seafront and charming red cliffs, and is known attract both families and party
Popular attractions include Babbacombe Theatre, Kents Cavern
and Babbacombe Model Village – which is great for children. Other sites worth
seeing are Cockington Country Park and Meadfoot Beach. Torquay has a history of
hosting sailing events and regattas, the tradition of which was started in the
19th century. The town also hosts various other sporting events.
The town has a total of two train stations – Torquay railway
station and Torre railway station. It connects to the UK motorway network via
the A380, which means it’s easy to reach by car. There are several buses that
run through Torquay include the number 12 and X46. The number 12 bus runs from
Brixham to Newton Abbott and X46 connects Exeter and Paignton.
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