7 Top Dog Friendly Days Out in Torquay

Located on the South West Coast, it’s easy to see why Torquay is such a popular spot for holiday makers. With golden beaches on your doorstep, crystal blue water and quaint seaside towns for you to explore.

The Best Places To Take Dogs in Torquay

Torquay is well known for its picturesque coastline and glorious weather, but what it might not be known for is how many superb dog friendly attractions in Torquay there are.

With the English Riveria on your doorstep, you can enjoy miles of coastal walks with your pets, or even head over to the Seaton Tramway which is ideal if you have children as well. There really are a lot of pet-friendly places to visit.

Activities & Things to Do

Find below 7 of the best days out in Torquay for dogs

1. Visit Babbacombe Model Village

Just to the north of Torquay town centre is this enchanting model village, set up in 1963 and getting better every year. Set in 4 acres of land, just off the South West Coast Path, you and your well behaved dog will love spending a morning, afternoon or even full day enjoying the Village’s attractions. There’s a stately home, castle and fiery dragon, and a miniature railway which goes around the coast. Just make sure pooch is on a lead, and you’ll all have a whale of a time.

2. Do the South West Walk

For the energetic, human and canine included, the South West Coast Path is a challenge which will reward you with some truly stunning views, not to mention enjoying nature in peace and quiet while you’re about it. There are 22 miles of specially laid out walking paths along the coast around Torquay, part of the 630 mile National Trail. The Walk passes through Geopark nature reserves, so there’s plenty of opportunity to really get back to nature.

3. Ride the Seaton Tramway

Situated to the north east of Torquay, at the head of the picturesque Axe Valley, this half scale tramway runs 3 miles along the East Devon coast. The gauge of the tracks is 2 feet 9 inches, and the open top trams are a great way to enjoy the fresh air and views of the English Channel, between Seaton and the historic town of Colyton. Keep your pet on a lead, and watch them enjoy the fresh air whipping back their ears on the top deck. Toilets and refreshments are available at either end of the line.

4. Investigate the Agatha Christie Mile

The world famous author was born and bred in Torquay, and the resort is rightly proud of its most famous daughter. Take your furry friend for a walk along the Agatha Christie Mile, which has a few surprises up its sleeve. Starting at the Grand or Imperial hotels, the Mile is a throwback to the Jazz Age of the 1920s and early 1930s. There are 7 blue plaques along the way, and the Mile finishes at the Torquay Museum, home to Art Deco artefacts including Herculaneum Positrons very own desk.

5. Enjoy the English Riviera

Torquay sits in the wider area of Torbay, which is a superb natural harbour facing east into the English Channel. There are many visitor attractions from the north to the south of the Bay, if you’re feeling in the tourist mode. Torbay even has its own wheel, if that’s your cup of tea. Talking of which, there are lots of lovely tea rooms, ice cream parlours and genteel pursuits to enjoy along this palm tree lined part of the South Devon coast. Pooch will love it.

6. Re-live the past in Bygones

In the heart of Torquay itself is the superb visitor attraction of Bygones. If the Riviera sun is too hot, or the rain too wet, dip into this superb example of how life was led in days gone by. There’s a totally realistic Victorian street to saunter down, or a real life steam locomotive engine to wonder at. If you’re feeling up to it, there is also a recreated trench from World War I to experience. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

7. Brave Berry Romero Castle

If you have the time, and the courage, follow the winding country lanes and spend some time in Berry Romero Castle. Located inland to the west of Torquay, this 16th Century landmark is a rewarding place to spend as much time as you dare. Reputedly the most haunted castle in England, you can find out all about its dark history while exploring the grounds with your trusty four-legged pal by your side, just in case. A car park, toilets and a seasonally open cafe are all on-site.

Looking at Visiting the Area

This elegant town was popular with the Victorians and with some splendid dog-friendly places in Torquay, it remains popular especially with dog owners. We guarantee our canine-friendly cottages and pet-friendly holidays in Torquay will have you begging for more. See our guide on dog walks in Torquay as well.

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