Destination guide

Experience Torquay in holiday lettings

A traditional seaside town that sits on a 22-mile stretch of beaches, Torquay is at the heart of the English Riviera. Originally a destination for Victorians seeking mild weather, Torquay is full of historic buildings set along palm tree lined streets. Full of family-friendly attractions, there are many Torquay holiday rentals catering to those with kids, as well as luxury apartments overlooking the sea for romantic weekends. Enjoy an active break in Torquay by taking on the long coastal paths, which give incredible views over the English Channel, or hire a surfboard and enjoy the gentle waves that make the town popular with new surfers.

Things to do

Attractions near Torquay holiday lettings

Living Coasts gives the humble aquarium a more interactive feel and is set right on Torquay's coast, so you can see creatures in their natural habitat. From penguins and puffins, to otters and seals, you can get up close to the birds, fish and mammals that thrive in the sea. Kids will love feeding time, when curious creatures will often wander into the crowds demanding their dinner. Inside the aquarium, there are vast tanks of exotic fish, including friendly stingrays who like to greet visitors, and even scary sharks which swim just inches away.


Things to do near Torquay holiday homes

See what life was like during the Stone Age at Kents Cavern. Hidden deep underground, this network of caves was once home to prehistoric people, and you can see the markings and artefacts that they left behind. Wander through these slightly spooky caves and you'll be able to see all the unique rock features, as well as spotting fossils and stalagmites formed over millions of years ago. Book a Torquay holiday rental and you'll have time to enjoy the coastal walks which begin at the caves, and provide views over the limestone cliffs and across the sea.


Local weather for your stay in Torquay holiday homes

While Torquay has 4 distinct seasons, it tends to be milder than the rest of the UK's average temperatures. This means Torquay holiday rentals are busy all year round, but especially in July and August when the temperature reaches the low 20s and there's little rain. Spring is a nice time to visit if you're enjoying walks by the coast, with the mercury in the mid-teens and only short bursts of rain. Winter is chilly, but not quite freezing, with snow only occasionally reaching the Devon coast.

Natural features

Walk Torquay's stretch of South West Coastal Path

Torquay is part of the vast South West Coastal Path, which takes you on a loop around Devon, Cornwall and beyond. Labrador Bay has sweeping clifftop views, with flowers and nesting birds looking out over the English Channel. Bays of peaceful shingle beaches can be found below, providing a quiet spot for sunbathing or paddling. Torquay has an excellent choice of beaches, and Babbacombe Beach is one of the most popular. A stretch of golden sand sheltered by a rocky cliff, it has clear blue seas that are popular for swimming in summer.


Top beaches near Torquay holiday homes

The beaches of Torquay are one of its greatest features. Holiday rentals give you access to prime beach spots like Paignton Beach, a sandy beach with swimming and nearby seaside amenities, and Preston Sands, a soft-sand beach with a relaxing atmosphere that’s popular with families. You'll also like Oddicombe Beach, a sheltered shingle beach with a cliff railway and a cafe at the top.

How to get there

Transport to and around Torquay

The nearest airport is in Exeter (EXT-Exeter Intl.), located 19.2 mi (30.9 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, make your way to Torquay Station or Torre Station and explore the city from there.

Family friendly

Family fun near Torquay holiday rentals

Torquay has some unique and fascinating attractions for a memorable family trip. Holiday homes are available near kid-friendly places like Babbacombe Model Village, a model park with miniature homes, vehicles and people, and Torquay Museum, a Victorian museum with local history artefacts and a gallery dedicated to Agatha Christie. Kids will also like Torquay’s Dinosaur World, a hands-on exhibition with life-sized dinosaurs and a craft room.

How many holiday rentals are available around Torquay?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,775 holiday lettings around Torquay. From 758 cottages to 351 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Torquay?

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... said... well, everyone. Find the ideal home away from home for your group and you'll be well on your way to a bit of beachy bliss! HomeAway has 410 beachside holiday rentals to pick from. Alternatively, you might be after something else. HomeAway has stacks of rental properties to choose from, including:

  • 315 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 248 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 244 town holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Torquay?

Instead of going with a cookie-cutter hotel room this holiday, you could just go for an entire house. You'll be part of the neighbourhood before you know it! There are 666 houses currently on HomeAway. Prices start at £56 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather go for one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Cottage: 537 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £49 per night.
  • Apartment: 469 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 88 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £35 per night.

Can I stay in Torquay in a large group?

Holidays spent with your friends and loved ones can be a lot of fun, especially when you're staying under the same roof in a fantastic new place! If you'll be travelling with a large group, HomeAway can help you. Why not have a look at the 167 house holiday rentals available here? They're the leading choice for big groups of travellers. If you're hoping to travel in a big group, the rental options that will suit your needs include:

  • If yours is a group of 6, we have 754 properties to rent perfect for that size. Spend a night for as little as £32.
  • Keen to find a holiday rental for 8 people? We have 268 that will serve you well. You can get one for as little as £67 per night.
  • Hunting down places for rent to suit 5 guests? You'll be thrilled to hear we have 268 that will fit the bill. You can secure one for as little as £32 per night.

You and all your mates will be more than satisfied when you organise your Torquay holiday with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Torquay?

HomeAway offers an array of excellent budget-concious options. Treat your posse to a fancy dinner or extend your trip with all the money leftover. When it comes to seeking out an awesome deal, the first place you look should be Roundham. Here, HomeAway has 29 holiday rentals at an average price of £66 a night. St. Michaels is another great option. HomeAway has 37 and the average price is around £69 a night.