GLENTON Sales Assistant, Jill Speers has enjoyed twenty-fve GLENTON holidays visiting must see places such as the Isle of Wight, Newquay, Bournemouth, Eastbourne, Llandudno, Liverpool and York...to name but a few! Recently Jill went on our tour to Torquay along with her Mum, Julie – here’s how they got on in divine Devon...
Torquay has to be my favourite UK destination. From the palm trees along the front to the stunning views across the bay – you could be anywhere in world. We stayed at the Victoria Hotel which was lovely – easily one of my favourites of all the GLENTON hotels we have stayed in – which is quite a few over the last nine years! The Victoria is part of a complex of four hotels and guests are welcome to use facilities in any of them. Torquay seafront is a ten minute stroll and the resort land train, as well as several bus services stop right outside the hotel.
We decided to visit a few tourist attractions in and around Torquay. My Mum had been to Torquay as a child and visited Kent’s Cavern, an underground labyrinth of caves, and decided she would like to return.We took the bus from Torquay town centre up to the caves at the top of the cliff. It was a fascinating tour as our guide took us back 2.5 million years to show us how the caves were formed. We were surrounded by 400 million-year-old rocks and stalagmites of all shapes, sizes and colours. Then we were shown a variety of bones and teeth from Ice Age animals and taken in to the bears den where we got to experience the famous Kent’s Cavern blackout. The guide switched off his torch and any lights in the cave so you were in complete darkness! Although there were a few steep sections to walk through, I would defnitely recommend this attraction. After a bite to eat at the Cavern Café, we headed to Babbacombe model village – a miniature size world of over 400 buildings, shops and famous landmarks. It was wonderful to visit this popular attraction and see how much work has been put in to its creation. From little touches like miniature animals at the zoo and model people sunbathing at the beach to a huge fre breathing dragon in a castle battle scene – a defnite must see for all ages.
Next day the sun was shining so we took a boat trip across the bay to Brixham – a quaint little fshing village full of tourist shops and cafés as well as a charming market right on the seafront packed with stalls selling locally produced food and crafts. We watched the antics of children fishing from the pier as we enjoyed coffee & cake in one of the many harbour cafés. Later it was time to board the ferry back to our superb hotel in Torquay in time for dinner.
Dawlish & Teignmouth
Dawlish is famous for ‘The Brook’ running through the centre of town and we were delighted to catch a glimpse of the black swans on this river which have been the town’s emblem for over 40 years. We wandered around the variety of shops before a quick bite to eat in one of the many pleasant cafés. We moved on to Teignmouth where we were dropped off on the seafront with miles of sandy beaches and promenade so a walk in the warm sunshine was the obvious frst thing to do. The high street was calling next, with lovely Georgian style buildings and a range of typical high street names and tourist shops. We couldn’t leave Teignmouth without a visit to the historic Victorian Pier. Unfortunately part of the pier was closed due to storm damage, but we did have a go in the amusements before joining the coach back to our hotel.
Dartmouth River Cruise
The highlight of our week! We joined the Cardiff Castle boat at Totnes for our ninety minute sail along the River Dart listening to hilarious and informative commentary from our Skipper. We passed several notable sites including Sir Walter Raleigh’s Boat house, the Britannia Royal Naval College and Agatha Christie’s estate. We spotted lots of wildlife including seals and a variety of birds as well as some Navy students doing training exercises. We both thoroughly enjoyed this trip.
A city steeped in Roman history, we loved having a wander around looking at the beautiful architecture and seeing the Gothic St Peter’s Cathedral which you can view from various places throughout the heart of this metropolis. It was delightful to experience how the older part of the city with cobbled streets and independent shops has retained Exeter’s history and blends seamlessly with the much more modern high street