2021 South Devon Visitor Guide - Flipbook - Page 29
Royal Avenue Gardens
The English Riviera, also known as
Torbay, is famous for its mild climate and
comprises of three pretty towns; Torquay
with its vibrant harbourside, varied
shopping area and buzzing nightlife,
Paignton with its numerous beaches,
pier and amusements which are popular
among families and Brixham, a traditional
fishing port with great seafood eateries
and a picturesque harbour.
All three coastal resorts have plenty
of recognised attractions and activities
that everyone will enjoy as well as a
selection of good quality bars, restaurants
Resting on the banks of the River Dart sits
the idyllic harbourside town of Dartmouth.
The story of Dartmouth’s history can
be found dotted around the town, with
authentic architecture as well as fascinating
sites including; a 600-year-old castle
standing guard at the mouth of the river
and Britannia Royal Naval Collage.
The beaches along this stretch of
coastline offer something for everyone,
with vast sandy expanses to hidden coves
and lots more in between.
Along the Embankment from the popular
inner harbour, known as the Bloat Float,
you can find Bayards Cove Fort, where
the Mayflower and the Speedwell sought
sanctuary for repairs on their journey
to America 400 years ago. The town’s
history and Mayflower connections can be
discovered on the heritage trail which leads
people around the historic streets.
Dartmouth is home to a wide range of
cafés, pubs and restaurants all serving
up local delights and there are plenty of
independent shops and galleries for you
to peruse throughout the day. Its riverside
location lends itself perfectly to boat trips
The surrounding area offers lots to be
discovered, with trails and walks towards the
coast or upstream and into the countryside.
Blackpool Sands Beach is also just a short car
ride away and provides an award-winning
beach ideal for swimming and relaxing.
The town has a packed calendar of events,
most notably The Royal Regatta, as well
as a popular music festival, renowned food
festival and a Christmas celebration.