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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast

4.2 stars(19 reviews)
Small Group

Explore Devon’s fabulous coastline by rail

5 days Sold out

2021 Tour code: TQB21

About the tour

Experience the English Riviera at its very best with journeys aboard two heritage railways, a coastal cruise by traditional steamboat, and a scenic drive along the Dawlish Coast. Torquay provides the perfect base, set among seven green hills and famous for its pristine beaches and grand Victorian villas.


What’s included


Day 1 - Torquay

We arrive in Torquay, meeting our Tour Manager at the Imperial Hotel. Torquay has often been referred to as the 'English Riviera', boasting an almost Mediterranean environment. The arrival of the railway in the mid 19th-century boosted Torquay's reputation as a desirable holiday spot, and today the pretty town is just as popular as ever, with no fewer than 20 beaches and 22 miles of rugged coast.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - The English Riviera by steam boat and train

Today we explore the English Riviera's splendid coastline, beginning with a boat cruise down the river between Totnes and Dartmouth. After some free time to explore the elegant riverside town of Dartmouth, we cross the Dart Estuary by ferry to Kingswear. Here we board the Dartmouth Steam Railway, which takes us along the scenic Devon coastline and the tranquil River Dart to Paignton. We enjoy the views of the beautiful sand-fringed shoreline beaches, passing colourful beach huts and the blue expanse of the English Channel, discovering the wonderful ribbon of the River Dart, lined with verdant forests and idyllic woodlands.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Torquay

Today is free day to go sightseeing in Torquay. You could take a stroll along the town's charming seafront, following the 'Agatha Christie Mile' for an insight into the famous local novelist. You could also visit striking Torre Abbey, a museum and art gallery housed in a historic building that once served as a medieval monastery. If you'd like to explore the local area by rail, take the scenic rail trip along the coast to the pretty town of Dawlish, or board the quaint Babbacombe Cliff Railway for an enjoyable ascent filled with spectacular coastal views.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - The Dawlish Coast

Taking the train along the coast to the traditional town of Dawlish, enjoy free time to experience some nostalgic seaside activities, such as a visit to the amusements or a portion of fish and chips followed by some local ice cream. Afterwards, we transfer to Buckfastleigh where we join the South Devon Railway for a steam-hauled journey along the valley of the River Dart. Built in 1872, this heritage line runs to Totnes on an awardwinning route that showcases the fine scenery and cheery stations of Southern England. Sit back and relax as we enjoy a picturesque return trip. The trains used here are beautiful old steam engines which follow a seven-mile route past babbling rivers and charming woodland.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Homeward bound

After breakfast, we say our farewells and you are free to depart Torquay at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that whilst every departure of Torquay & the Eden Project will feature the same excursions, the order of the itinerary may differ from that given above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 19 reviews

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Mrs Frances Pullan

4 stars

Submitted 21/Jun

Because of Covid restrictions service was limited in the dining room. Otherwise hotel was fine Also it would have been useful to have a little more background info on the outings and specific features to look out for.

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1 stars

Submitted 18/Jun

you are asking me for a review I thought you would be aware that we had to return home on the first day, due to illness.

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5 stars

Submitted 18/Jun

Very well organised and enjoyable tour. Tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Hotel very hospitable. Food good.

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Anne Tyler

5 stars

Submitted 18/Jun

A well organised holiday, the only problem was the service on the restaurant but Sue managed to get resolved towards the end of the holiday

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M Eades

3 stars

Submitted 18/Jun

Tour good hotel less than good. In fact pretty poor

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Roger Pickett

5 stars

Submitted 18/Jun

Superb .... as expected !

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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast

Explore Devon’s fabulous coastline by rail


Luke Simpson
Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley