Welcome to The English Rivera
Welcome to The English Riviera a UNESCO Global Geo Park
UNESCO Global Geo parks share the story of our Planet, covering the entire area of Torbay; Naturally Inspiring sharing stories of a landscape untouched by glaciation unseen elsewhere in the world. The Bay has been inhabited since Palaeolithic times, the sheltered natural harbours led to the growth of what, at one point, became the UK’s largest fishing port. Rich in history and heritage there is plenty to see and do in and around the bay.
Ideally located next door to The Grand Hotel Torre Abbey Established in 1196 is a museum of history and art housed in an Ancient Scheduled Monument with beautiful and award-winning gardens. Rapidly growing as the Bay’s key cultural hub, Torre Abbey Museum is where world-class exhibitions are shown side by side with creative work from local emerging talent. The collection also houses finds from the Abbey site some discovered during restoration projects. 800 hundred years of history explores local history, heritage and stories through interactive displays, talking portraits and videos.
Cockington Country Park is a beautiful mix of picturesque well-ordered garden landscapes, open parkland, rural countryside and substantial woodland. Tucked in amongst this 450-acre park are three pretty ornamental lakes, a historic Manor House with craft centre and studios, a chocolate box village, delightful thatched cottages and a quaint church.
Sitting on the banks of the beautiful River Dart with simply stunning views, Greenway House and Garden is run by The National Trust. Formerly the holiday home of Agatha Christie and her family, it holds the family collection of the famous author. The gardens are home to over 2,700 species of trees and woody plants which are just waiting to be discovered. The Grand Hotel was also the location for Agatha Christie’s honeymoon and the suite where she stayed is named after the Queen of crime herself.
Visit the English Riviera website to find out more about the local area