Babbacombe is a pleasant area of Torquay just to the north of Torquay Harbour. It is a ten to fifteen minute walk from The Muntham Apartments and Town House and can also be reached by bus or car in about five minutes.

Babbacombe Fish and Chips

Babbacombe Downs.

Babbacombe Downs is a magnificent cliff top area which has a variety of places to eat and drink inclusing the fabulous Angels Tea Rooms, The Babbacombe Inn and the very chic Hamilton's.

This cliff top area has far reaching views towards Exmouth and of Lyme Bay and on a good day it is even possible to see Portland Bill.

At one end of Babbacombe Downs  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 other end, is The Babbacombe Cliff railway.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway

Babbacombe and Oddicombe Beaches

At the bottom of the cliffs and below Babbacombe Downs are Babbacombe Beach and Oddicombe Beach. These two beaches are linked by a walk way at the foot of the cliffs.

Oddicombe Beach can be reached directly by The Babbacombe Cliff Railway which runs all year. The beach has a variety of facilties including a beach cafe and in the summer months there are a variety of water sports on offer.

Babbacombe Beach is a smaller beach and was the scene of one of the most infamous Victorian murders involving the legend of John "Babbacombe" Lee, the man they couldn't hang.

 

Babbacombe - A Place Of Interest All Year Round

Aside from The Babbacombe Cliff Railway and the Babbacombe Theatre, the area  is perhaps best known  for 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.

Every June, Babbacombe Downs  becomes the hub for The Babbacombe Festival. The week long festival has exhibitons and events and the wonderful Babbacombe 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.

 

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