Where to visit in Babbacombe?
So many great places to visit, and fun things to do, while you’re in Babbacombe Bay.
Babbacombe Cliff Railway
This fabulous, funicular railway was built in 1926 and usually transports around 125,000 people per year up and down the cliffs from the glorious Babbacombe Downs to the stunning Oddicombe Beach. Hop on board and enjoy the trip to Oddicombe Beach. A tranquil, beautiful bay ideal to while away a bit of time enjoying the most wonderful vista.
Not only does this amazing attraction provide a vital service up and down the cliffs but there is also a Visitor Centre with free admission at the far end of the promenade (usually manned by volunteers, the Visitor Centre will be closed throughout the remainder of 2020).
There is a great café/bar, 3 Degrees West which is currently open from 9am, every day. Click here to visit the Babbacombe Cliff Railway website Click here for more information about Three Degrees West
Babbacombe Downs is a beautiful stretch of lawn and floral displays along the clifftop at Babbacombe. With views stretching for miles and plenty of opportunity to sit and enjoy the stunning scenery. Home to a host of great venues to eat, drink and be merry it boasts the fabulous Cliff Railway at one end and the stunning Babbacombe Theatre at the other.
A glorious spot to watch the sun rise, a fantastic place to relax and enjoy tranquil surroundings. And, due to its popularity and ease of access, it has also been the place to be with festivals, parades and some wonderful celebrations over the years. It is well maintained and perfect for a spot of sea air at height. The ideal place to blow away the cobwebs or while away some time with a fantastic view. An absolute jewel in Babbacombe Bay.
Babbacombe Model Village
This must-visit model village has been delighting holidaymakers and local people for over 50 years. It has over 400 miniature buildings and over 13,000 miniature residents. Incredible. The perfect family day out, there is something for each generation. At Babbacombe Model Village everyone can feel like a giant as they explore four acres of stunning, award-winning gardens with beautiful streams and waterfalls.
This miniature world is packed with hidden gems, humorous scenes and many fun characters. As featured on the BBC’s “Holiday of My Lifetime” the village is open all year round with a host of special events. One exciting development was the creation of a new city scene. For more information visit the website or give them a call on 01803 315315. Click here to visit the Model Village website for all the latest on their news and events.
AT 17 MARCH 2020 – BABBACOMBE THEATRE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE VENUE FOR THE LATEST INFO
A valuable asset to the English Riviera for eighty years, Babbacombe Theatre is renowned for wowing audiences with highly-acclaimed family variety shows performed throughout the year by a professional cast.
A TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award winner for six consecutive years a trip to this theatre is regularly listed as one of the top 3 things to do in Torquay. It is also currently ranked as the number 1 theatre in Devon! It consistently produces consecutive ‘5 STAR’ productions throughout.
Offering an incredible mix of entertainment with variety shows, musicals, fabulous tribute acts and some sparkling comedy. Recent big names on the comedy circuit to appear here include James Acaster, Rob Beckett, Rich Hall, Henning Wehn and Tim Vine. Check out our What’s On section for an idea of what’s usually on offer…..
The theatre has access for the disabled with a disabled toilet and wheelchair spaces as well as a Loop System. For details on all the shows programmed at the venue, please refer to the website, or telephone the box office on 01803 328385. Click here to visit the Babbacombe Theatre website
Wander back in time, starting towards the end of Queen Victoria’s reign. Visit the authentic life-size Victorian Street, see the Blacksmith hard at work, smell the treats of the Sweetshop, listen to the hustle and bustle of Victorian life. Imagine yourself in the nursery, kitchen, parlour or even the dentist!
Arrive in the 20th Century, take a break in the Station Café for a range of cakes and refreshments. Marvel over the completely refurbished model railway themed around English villages in WWI and WWII. Consider your ancestors in a WWI trench or taking cover in a WWII Anderson Shelter. Don’t miss the 1950’s and 60’s shopping arcade filled with post-war packaging and household items.
Bygones is three floors of pure nostalgia for ALL the family. Click here to visit the Bygones website
English Riviera Walking Tours
What’s nicer than exploring this gorgeous area on foot? Well, throw in a guide to tell you all sorts of fascinating information and you’ve got a perfect couple of hours ahead. English Riviera Walking Tours offer just that. With various routes on offer including Beauty of the Bay, Timeless Torquay, A Gentle Introduction to Agatha Christie and Best of Babbacombe. Walking all around Babbacombe, including a trip to Oddicombe and on the Cliff Railway. Of course! The Babbacombe walks are usually each Friday – one starting at 11am and one at 3pm. This circular walk meets by the wishing well in front of Babbacombe Theatre. You then meander down to Babbacombe Beach and along to Oddicombe before catching the Cliff Railway back to Babbacombe Downs. On through St Marychurch, to Tessier Gardens and Cary Park, before returning to the theatre. All walks cost £10 per person (children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult) and last between 1½ and 3 hours. For every walker that takes part, £1 will be donated to the South West Coast Path in support of their efforts in maintaining this wonderful route. That’s nice, isn’t it?
At present, the number of guests per walk has been reduced to a maximum of 4. Prior to the walk starting, everyone is reminded to maintain their social distance throughout the walk. Sanitisers and face masks are provided if required.
Click here to check out the website, to book your place and find out more about all the walks on offer.
Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves
Kents Cavern is an extensive labyrinth of caverns with spectacular natural formations, widely used by prehistoric people. The human archaeology discovered in cave is the most ancient found in Britain, some over 500,000 years old, making it Britain’s premier prehistoric cave.
The most significant artefact is a 41-44,000 year old human jawbone; Europe’s oldest human fossil. Tours of the cavern are led by entertaining guides concluding in an underground exhibition chamber. Plenty goes on outside for the family with a Stone Age themed woodland trail, kids’ archaeological dig, hands-on cave art walls and regular appearances by Cavog-the-Caveman during school holidays.
There is a superb gift shop, good restaurant and relaxing gardens. Spectacular coastal walks, along the South West Coast Path, beginning and end at the caves. All facilities are usually open every day except Christmas day! Fancy a snack? Then the Firestone Kitchen, is usually open daily and serving the best of Devon food with a wild twist? Click here to visit the Kents Cavern website
What we now know as Tessier Gardens was created in the early 1900s by Mr Herbert Tessier and his wife when they moved to Babbacombe from London. The gardens were donated to Torquay Borough Council in 1933 to be used as a place of rest and quiet for adults only.
The gardens are open from morning to dusk each day and locked at night. However, they are, at present, closed in order to keep everyone safe. Packed with a stunning variety of trees and plants this horticultural haven has many lovely places to sit and enjoy what is a beautifully tranquil and uplifting space. With its well-known Sun Temple, beautiful rose arch, pond and all sorts of other delights round each corner this gorgeous garden is well worth a visit. In 2007, a Tessier Gardens Friends Group was created.
The main maintenance of the garden is carried out by Torbay Council but the group has donated various trees, bulbs and shrubs and they are also run guided walks and tend this very special garden. Click here to visit the Tessier Gardens website