Until the recent past Babbacombe and St Marychurch were separate from Torquay, that all changed at the start of the twentieth century when Torquay Council decided to take them over in order to get its hands on the steam roller that they had and it did not.
Today, Babbacombe is effectively a prosperous and pleasant district of Torquay with Readenhill Road as a shopping area at its heart. It together with The Babbacombe Downs (which are its most stunning feature) can be reached on foot in about fifteen minutes. This cliff top area has views reaching far across Lyme Bay and on a good day it is even possible to see Portland Bill. Perched upon these cliffs is the privately owned Babbacombe Theatre which still hosts variety shows as well as one night specials from stand up comedians and well know singers.
At the foot of the cliffs and below Babbacombe Downs are Babbacombe Beach and Oddicombe Beach. The former can be reached by The Babbacombe Cliff Railway most of the year otherwise its a pretty challenging walk back up. This superb example of Victorian engineering is in the hands of a trust and they have ensured it has a bright future into the twenty first century. Babbacombe beach was the setting for one of the most infamous murders of the Victorian period and the mysterious case of John "Babbacombe" Lee.
Every June, Babbacombe hosts The Babbacombe Festival. There is a superb variety of events and exhibitions around the Babbacombe area with the Babbacombe Downs as the focus for many including a superb summer fayre..
Lying between Babbacombe and St Marychurch is one of the The English Riviera's hidden gems; The Tessier Gardens. This little walled oasis was given to the town by Mrs Tessier at the beginning of the twentieth century and who attached a number of covenants to it including that it was to be an adults only space and no dogs. With a scent garden and a fernery as well as the sun temple built in honour of Mrs Tessier this is a wonderful place for a bit of peaceful contemplation and relaxation. The gardens are locked each night.
The most well known attraction in this area is The Babbacombe Model Village (although its entrance is in reality in St Marychurch). This fantastic World in miniature has been thrilling visitors for generations and is constantly being updated and improved.
Hanbury's Fish and Chip shop is a local institution in the area and has repeatedly won awards at regional and national level. Customers have the choice of eating in or taking away.
To get to Babbacombe from The Muntham Apartments is easy. It can be reached on foot in about ten to fifteen minutes. Alternatively, visitors can catch a bus opposite St Matthias Church. Services 22 and 122 go through Babbacombe and journey time is only about five minutes. It is also possible to drive (it takes less than five minutes from The Muntham Apartments) and there are car parks in Babbacombe but these can be expensive and at the height of summer spaces can be scarce. There is also on street parking bu this does have limited stay times.
For guests on foot who are not in a hurry a wonderful detour is up to Walls Hill. This clifftop area can be accessed by a footpath on the righthand side of the road just after The Palace Hotel and just before The Range. From here there are stunning coastal views and this site of scientific interest was also the location of an Iron Age Fort.
The Muntham Apartments provide an ideal base from which to explore Babbacombe as well as other parts of Torquay and The English Riviera as well as other parts of Devon. On offer is self catering accommodation ranging from studio apartments, through to luxury one bedroom apartments and a fabulous luxury three bedroom, two bathroom townhouse.