6 Best Family Things to Do in Torquay

Fun Places in Torquay to Take Your Kids

    Torquay offers a good range of exciting things to do with family. If you're hitting this popular seaside town on one of its many sunny days, you'll most likely want to head to the sandy and mostly well-facilitated beaches. Families love Torquay for its beaches and sunny days, but if there are times when your kids would rather play indoors, there are several options on hand. When you need to feed the troops, you'll find that the cafés, bars, and restaurants are extremely accommodating, most of them offering children's menus and baby chairs.

    Wildlife to enjoy throughout the Devon region range from Dartmoor Zoo that inspired the movie We Bought A Zoo, Babbacombe Bay where playful seals swim around, and outstanding wildlife attractions in the neighbouring seaside town of Paignton. Torquay's museums and historical exhibitions are as well all very kid-friendly and most of them offer interactive displays and fun educational activities. From rich natural and historical attractions, follow us through a selection of fun places in Torquay to take your kids.


    Paignton Zoo

    There are 80 acres of animal habitats to explore at Paignton Zoo, with a Jungle Train to help you get around. Ask nicely, and they'll even let you feed the giraffes. You can also check out Dartmoor Zoo, which is located a few miles outside of Torquay.

    Location: Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU, UK

    Open: Daily from 10am, closing times vary between 4.30pm and 6pm, depending on the season

    Phone: +44 (0)1803 697500

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    Babbacombe Model Village

    The eccentric Model Village in Babbacombe is a star attraction of the area and should bring out the inner child in even the most serious grown-up. One of Torquay's star attractions, this miniature village is built with flair, imagination, and a lot of humour. Little ones will feel like giants while exploring tiny streets, and afterwards they can enjoy a round of miniature golf.

    Location: Hampton Avenue, Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3LA, UK

    Open: Hours vary by season, the shortest opening hours are from 10.30am to 3pm in the winter

    Phone: +44 (0)1803 315315

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    Torquay's Dinosaur World

    You can find some exhibitions that are specifically aimed at young ones, such as the prehistoric beasts of Torquay's Dinosaur World. Travel back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth with this interactive display that captures the beasts in all their giant and scary glory. There's also a gift shop with great dinosaur toys.

    Location: 3 Victoria Parade, Torquay TQ1 2BB, UK

    Open: April–August: daily from 11am to 5pm. September–March: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1803 298779

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    Living Coasts Zoo & Aquarium

    Bringing the ocean to life, this is a fascinating display where children can marvel at the creatures of the deep. They can also learn about penguins and seals during regular feeding-time talks.

    Location: Living Coasts, Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG, UK

    Open: Daily from 10am, closing times vary between 4pm and 6pm, depending on the season

    Phone: +44 (0)1803 202470

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    The Play Café

    A handy resource for parents of younger kids, this café has a built-in soft play area, so you can let them blow off steam while you rest your legs and sip a latte.

    Location: 161 Union Street, Torquay TQ1 4BX, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9.30am to 6pm, Sunday from 10am to 4pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1803 431363

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    The Boulder Bunker

    While extreme climbers often attempt the cliffs around Torquay, you might prefer a safe indoor climb for your family - all ages are welcome, and instructors are on hand. You won't need ropes, and there are big crash mats below.

    Location: 11 South Street, Torquay TQ2 5AE, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 12pm to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 6pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1803 293229

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