• Lindsey

5 Fun Places to Visit in Torquay | Holiday Cottages Devon

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

The incredible Kents Cavern - Self Catering Holiday Cottages Devon

Torquay, in the heart of the English Riviera, is a hot spot for self catering in Devon – and it’s no surprise that beyond the beautiful beaches and stunning scenery, there are so many things to keep you occupied!

Here are some of our top recommendations for places to visit when you’re staying at your holiday cottages in Devon:

Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern is one of Europe’s best prehistoric caves, and is one of only two sites in the world that has evidence of three different human species inhabiting it (Homo heidelbergensis, Neanderthals and Homo sapiens). The oldest Homo sapiens fossil discovered in Britain is a 40,000-year-old jawbone, found here in Kents Cavern.

We find the tours absolutely fascinating, and it’s a great thing to do when English summertime delivers one of its less-than-sunny days… And the stalagmites and stalactites in this 400-million-year-old cave system are truly spectacular!

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Paignton Zoo

Just up the road is the famous Paignton Zoo. We love spending the day here with our family, but we’d go ourselves even if we didn’t have the kids. Set over 80 acres and with a whopping 2,500 animals, you’ll need more than a day to see them all!

They have gorillas (including a massive silverback called Pertinax), lions, tigers, cheetahs, rhinos, orangutans, giraffes, and flamingos – to name but a few. The enclosures all feel well suited to the animals, which makes us happy. The staff are really knowledgeable, and the whole setting is beautiful.

Babbacombe Model Village

This model village spans over 4 acres, and the award-winning gardens are stunning. In total, there are over 400 miniature buildings that make up the village. Again, this is a place that our kids love going to, but it’s got lots of appeal for adults too.

They have a fun 4D theatre that brings the village to life through 3D films with surprise special effects to bring the final dimension. They also have special events throughout the year, including Halloween and Christmas.


Bygones is run by three generations of the same family. Since it opened in 1987, the museum has won countless awards for its unusual, but brilliant attractions. Inside, you’ll find Victorian street scenes, complete with life-sized models, world war two trenches, and a full-sized steam train. Our kids love the events that they put on, and we love the homemade cakes in their café!

Torquay Museum

We love Torquay Museum for an educational and entertaining day out. It’s a grand Victorian building, packed with interesting exhibits of local history – including a gallery all about our local gem, Agatha Christie. It has lots of world history as well as the more local stuff, and it’s where you’ll find the 40,000-year-old jaw bone that was discovered in Kents Cavern!

When you pay once, you get free entry for the whole year, so you can go a couple of times during your holiday if you don’t get around the whole place in your first visit.

So if you’re looking for self catering holiday cottages to rent in Devon with lots of interesting things to do and see, look no further than Torquay!