Find places to stay in and around Babbacombe and The English Riviera. Choose from hotels and B&Bs, self-catering and budget accommodation. To the south are Torquay and Paignton, Brixham and Dartmouth. Inland, to the west, is Dartmoor National Park. To the south is the South Devon AONB.
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Babbacombe, Devon, Visitor & Tourism Guide



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Nearby National Park: Dartmoor. Exmoor is to the north and north west
Nearby AONBs: South Devon and East Devon. The Tamar Valley and Cornwall are a little further away
Select Cities: Exeter, Plymouth
Select Towns/Villages: Torquay, Paignton, Brixham (and the other towns and areas within the The English Riviera), Teignmouth, Shaldon, Exmouth, Topsham, Dartmouth, Sidmouth

Sweeping view
Look at a map of South West England and you'll see that Babbacombe looks out across a sweep of coast extending east through East Devon into Dorset and the Isle of Portland. The view of this from Babbacombe Downs and Gardens is extraordinary.

As you stand looking at this view, you'll see Oddicombe Beach below. We'd recommend taking the Babbacombe Cliff Railway down to the beach and following the coast around to Babbacombe Beach and Harbour. There's a super pub called The Cary Arms at the latter with, in our opinion, one of the best locations in South West England.

Babbacombe is known for its Model Village. We'd also suggest a trip to Bygones, too.

Coastal walking
Babbacombe offers cracking coastal walking. To the south east, the South West Coast Path heads towards Hope's Nose before turning sharply west into Torquay. Out at sea, you'll see Thatcher Rock in Tor Bay. There's a nice cafe overlooking Meadfoot Beach if you fancy a rest on your way. All the way to the south, you'll see Berry Head and Brixham.

To the north, the South West Coast Path leads to Watcombe Beach and the Watcombe Valley of the Rocks, Maidencombe Beach and Ness Cove Beach. The views to Teignmouth are wonderful.

The local area
The English Riviera is a prime UK holiday destination and is packed with places to visit and things to do. Highlights, in our opinion, include Kents Cavern and Living Coasts, the HiFlyer Balloon and Paignton Zoo. If you're looking for beaches, in addition to those we've mentioned, try Goodrington Sands and Broadsands Beach (The English Riviera). Further south, we'd recommend Blackpool Sands and Slapton Sands.

Inland, we'd suggest a visit to Berry Pomeroy Castle and Totnes Castle, a trip on the South Devon Railway and a boat trip on the River Dart and Estuary.

Devon
Clearly, there's a lot more to do if you're willing to travel a little further afield. Dartmoor National Park is to the west. We'd particularly recommend walking one of its wooded cleaves or valleys. Try the Dart Gorge or Lustleigh Cleave.

South and south west of Babbacombe in the South Devon AONB. Its beaches are spectacular, its towns up there with the best in the UK. Spend a day at Dartmouth and Salcombe. We'd also recommend day trips to Plymouth and Exeter.

If you have kids, both Woodlands Park and Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park are a must. On rainy days, the Plymouth National Marine Aquarium is superb. Check out all our 'Top 10 Recommendations' for further ideas.


Top 10 Recommendations

Top 10 Things To Do
Selected from the best Things To Do in Babbacombe we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Beaches
Selected from the best Beaches in Babbacombe we've listed our top 10.

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Local Attractions  [See more Attractions]

Bygones

Located in Babbacombe, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Very popular visitor attraction on the The English Riviera. The attraction includes: a life size street with Victorian shops, period display rooms from the Golden Victorian Age, a 28 foot model railway and railwayana, a...

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Babbacombe Model Village, Devon

Located in Babbacombe, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Model village close to the coast by Torquay and the The English Riviera. 'Thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles capture the essence of England's past, present and future' (source: Babbacombe Model Village...

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Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Devon

Located in Babbacombe, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Railway running from Babbacombe Downs and Gardens to Oddicombe Beach. Funicular railway operating since 1926. By James Penman...

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Bluebell, Bowden Close House
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Less than a mile away.

Rates: 274 - 547 Per Week

Set on the coast road just 600 yards above sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village's pretty thatched inn these three very comfortably furnished properties all have separate entrances and enjoy use of an acre of a...

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Laurel, Bowden Close House
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Less than a mile away.

Rates: 274 - 547 Per Week

Set on the coast road just 600 yards above sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village's pretty thatched inn these three very comfortably furnished properties all have separate entrances and enjoy use of an acre of a...

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Primrose, Bowden Close House
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Less than a mile away.

Rates: 274 - 547 Per Week

Set on the coast road just 600 yards above sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village's pretty thatched inn these three very comfortably furnished properties all have separate entrances and enjoy use of an acre of a...

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