The English Riviera got its name from visitors who compared the region to the French Riviera. It’s known for its warm climate, stunning coastline, rocky coves and picturesque villages. It’s also home to the legacy of Agatha Christie. She was born in the town of Torquay and spent many important moments in the English Riviera. Not to mention she used real places as settings for her murder stories.
A beautiful estate where you can wander through the rooms where Agatha herself wrote her novels is now in the hands of the National Trust. Follow in her footsteps as you take a walk in the gardens, when taking in the serenity and beauty of this place. You’ll soon realize it wasn’t a coincidence she was so inspired to write here.
If you’re an Agatha Christie fan, you should hop on Agatha Christie’s vintage bus that will take you on an authentic ride around the area. Prices start from £6 and up; you can find more practical information here.
Always wanted to know which plant is poisonous or could be used as a murder weapon? Then you should pay a visit to the Agatha Christie Potent Plants display at the Torre Abbey Gardens. Here you’ll learn about Agatha’s murder mysteries and the power of plants. And that’s not all, year round you can visit the Palm House and the Cactus Collection.
Kents Cavern is an important Stone Age cave site in Europe. You can visit the labyrinth of caverns daily and be fascinated by the mysteries of the caves. This is also a family favorite as they have special kids’ activities like digging up your own treasure. It’s easily accessible for most visitors. Because the temperature in the caves is a constant 58 °F (14°C), it’s a perfect hideaway from the sun in the summer and a nice warm spot in the winter.
Take a break at the harbor, it’s the perfect spot for having lunch, dinner or just a drink and sit on a terrace while overlooking the boats coming in. Or go on a shopping spree at one of the many shops around here.
Did you know England had a Riviera?
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