Port of Torquay
The English Riviera delivers its own favourable micro-climate and is home to the enclosed harbours of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, each with their individual appeal and identity. The English Riviera is a Global Geopark, and is now just one of nine places in the UK and Ireland to hold this special status, it is also home to the birthplace of Agatha Christie.
With 16 square miles of open sea and 22 miles of coastline, Torquay Harbour nestles within the western shores of Lyme Bay on the UK’s south-west peninsula. Torquay is strategically placed for various cruises – Round Britain, Trans-Atlantic and European positioning, 100 nautical miles from Southampton and 200 nautical miles from Dover
Torquay Harbour lies on the North shore of Tor Bay and is sheltered by two Piers. Princess Pier to the West and Haldon Pier to the South. Torquay harbour is a fully commercial and busy port which is very close to the town centre giving easy access to shops, restaurants and bars. The recent waterfront redevelopment of Beacon Quay now offers a selection of retail outlets. With tenders landing at Torquay harbour a visit to Torbay can offer a range of interesting excursion options, including themed cruises, gardens, National Trust and country houses.
Brixham Harbour is located on the southern aspect of Tor Bay and boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK, plus a thriving fish market to support it. Approached from the sea the view of Brixham with its many colourful houses cascading down on either side of the harbour is one of the prettiest along the South Devon coast. Brixham personifies the classic English fishing port, mixing tradition with a modern vibrant industry.
Across the Bay there are plenty of marine based leisure facilities including two large, privately operated Marinas, with yacht and small craft moorings populating all three enclosed harbours. The Bay is a popular stopover for small boats cruising the West Country and it is also the venue for a variety of prestigious Maritime Events throughout the summer season.
Torquay ranks amongst the finest harbours in the country and we strive to maintain a high standard. We warmly welcome cruise ships in our sheltered bay and will do everything we can to assist you with making your visit as successful as possible.