Escorted Rail Tours to Torquay
Relax on the English Riviera
With its mild microclimate, palm trees and Italianate architecture, Torquay has often been referred to as the "English Riviera" - with more of a Mediterranean atmosphere than almost anywhere in Britain. For centuries the town was based on fishing and agriculture; this began to change in the early 19th century, when Torquay was frequented by sailors from the Royal Navy, anchored in the bay for the Napoleonic Wars. At about this time the town also became known for its popular climate, which was reported to improve health.