There is plenty to see and do in and around Babbacombe – you may want to go back more than once. To follow are some of our favourite ideas.
Babbacombe is set on the cliffs about a ten minute drive just round the coast from Torquay and approximately 20 minutes from St Weonards, in Paignton. It is possible to get there following the South West Coastal Path which runs at the end of our road if you have the time – the walk will take around and hour and a half. Along the route you will discover hidden coasts and get some great views of the stunning coastline. Alternatively the number 22 bus will take you there or there is parking on the roadside outside Babbacombe Model Village.
The Model Village is a great place to start – it is not just for kids! The model village is set over 4.5 acres and includes representations of British life over the past 6 decades. The village consists of over 400 model houses, stately homes, factories, shops and venues with a wide variety of architectural styles from medieval to Shakesperean and on to Victorian. There are railways, vehicles, monuments and landmarks to spot along with over 13,000 miniature people who live there!
Next to the Model Village, is Babbacombe Cliff Railway – a funicular railway almost 100 years old and a great alternative to the steep and winding path down to Oddicombe Beach. Oddicombe is a Blue Flag beach, has a great café and a lovely beach which is dog friendly October to March.
Once down, you could walk around the South West Coastal path to Cary Arms for a coffee. It’s often a good place to sit and spot wildlife like sea lions and porpoise.
Back up on the cliffs, you can enjoy the stunning views on a clear day, and there’s Babbacombe Theatre at the opposite end to the railway so you may be able to catch a show. There are highly acclaimed Variety Shows to see each season often showcasing future stars and helping this thriving theatre remain open unsubsidised.
Once refreshed St Marychurch is right next to Babbacombe and easily walkable, en route you can visit Tessier Gardens – a lovely secluded spot between the two, given to the town in 1933 and designated an adults only space by a covenant set by Mrs Tessier. It has free entry and is open daily.
St Marychurch is home to a number local independent shops and Bygones Museum. Bygones is a dog and family friendly museum set over three floors housing a complete Victorian street scene, a full sized train engine and a First World War trench and much more. Incidentally, St Marychurch was the inspiration for St Mary mead where Agatha Christie’s (who was born in Torquay) most famous creation Miss Marple lived.
With all the exploring you have done you will probably need some food! Hanbury’s Fish and Chip Shop back in Babbacombe have been serving award winning fish and chips for many years. They do takeaway as well if you want to carry on enjoying that view. Alternatively the Buccanneer Inn is an award winning pub on Babbacome Downs serving St Austell ales and locally produced home cooked food. If you want to splash out Hamiltons is a Café, Bar and Restaurant which serves sophisticated local food and finish your day with fabulous cocktails!