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Babbacombe Bay. Torquay Beach

Torquay, Torbay

Torquay and the surrounding area is one of Britain's most popular seaside destinations. Noted for its relatively mild climate abundant palm trees and subtropical vegetation. The area has benefited enormously from a campaign to market it as 'The English Riviera'.

Beach Type



Toilets on all the beaches open only in the summer; some include facilities for the disabled
Cafes and kiosks nearby
Deck chair hire


Boat and pedalo hire
Babbacombe is well known for its scuba diving as the harbour is protected from most wind directions
The water is accessed down a gently shelving shingle beach
The underwater world at Babbaco

Nature and Wildlife

The South Devon Coast Path extends around the bay offering glorious views. The Teign Estuary can easily be explored from Ness Cove to the north of Babbacombe Bay and the Wildlife Trust has a centre nearby.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily during the summer season. and a 'poop scoop' law is in operation between May and September.


Dogs are banned from Oddicombe beach.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Torquay Tourist Information Centre Vaughan Parade Torquay Devon TQ2 5JG Tel: 0906 680 1268 (calls charged at 25p per per minute in the UK) Fax: 01803 214885 E-mail: [email protected]


Nearest town: Torquay
County: Torbay
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4785, -3.50821
Postcode: TQ1 3LX
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


Accessible off the main Torquay to Teignmouth road. Steps or paths lead to the beaches. steep at Maidencombe. Oddicombe Beach is served by a cliff railway.

Public Transport

Nearest rail stations are Torquay. Torre and Teignmouth. Oddicombe and Maidencombe are served by bus from Torquay.

Nearest Railway Stations

Torquay (Approx. 2 miles away)
Torre (Approx. 2 miles away)
Paignton (Approx. 4 miles away)
Teignmouth (Approx. 5 miles away)
Newton Abbot (Approx. 5 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Car parking is widely available.

Nearby Car Parks

Babbacombe Beach, Paignton (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Walls Hill, Babbacombe (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Princes Street, Babbacombe (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
St. Marychurch, Torquay (Long stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Anstey's Cove, Torquay (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Hampton Avenue, Torquay (Long stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Chilcote Close, Torquay (Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Union Square, Torquay (Long stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Town Hall, Torquay (Long stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Harbour, Torquay (Long stay).
About 1.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Torquay