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    10 Interesting Torbay Facts

    Today the English Rivera is better known for sunshine, glorious beaches, stunning Victorian architecture and fabulous hotels.  We’ve put together this list of lesser known facts about our wonderful and historic home town.

    As recently as last month, the long awaited South Devon link road opened, carrying 35,000 vehicles a day, and has reportedly cut travel times to Torquay and Exeter by at least 20 minutes!

    Did you know that after his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon Bonaparte was taken prisoner and brought to Torbay and held prisoner on his ship for 2 days?

    Interestingly, Torbay held the yachting events for the 1948 summer Olympics– Torre Abbey was the home of the opening and closing ceremonies.

    We are proud that even in February and March Torbay averages over 150 hours sunshine a month, in recent years the Bay has even seen temperatures as high as 19c in the early spring!

    You probably wouldn’t think it but, Paignton is the oldest town in the Bay and was thought to have grown up at around 700AD and it appears in the Doomsday book of 1294

    For a fun time, the Quay West Splash Down Water Park  at Goodrington Sands is the UKs largest outdoor waterpark, with 8 flumes and two swimming pools it’s easy to see why!

    Like London, Torbay is one of only 21 Local Authorities in the county to have an Elected Mayor, rather than a ceremonial one.

    Torre Abbey is the oldest building in Torquay, still standing today, the building is steeped in history and well worth a visit if you are coming  to the Riviera

    Torquay is home to the UKs first humans, with a jaw bone being found in Kents Cavern that is over 41,000 years old

    Torbay has 18 beaches which are dog friendly all year round!  And a further 11 beaches where your furry friends are welcome to play on in the winter months

    We hope you found these as interesting as we did! If you have any other facts, let us know!

    Tweet: @grandtorquay Torbay has 18 beaches which are dog friendly all year round!
    Tweet: @grandtorquay Torbay has 18 beaches which are dog friendly all year round!