Dame Agatha Christie, the world's most famous mystery and crime writer, was born in Torquay in 1890 and lived for many years in the area. A visit to the English Riviera is the perfect opportunity to discover the many places that were a source of inspiration for her books.
TLH is the ideal base for visiting many of the locations linked with Agatha's life and works. Many are easily accessible or open to the public and all combine to make a visit to the home of the Queen of Crime a must for all fans.
Agatha Christie Festival
The world-famous annual Agatha Christie Festival takes place every year in September on the stunning English Riviera, South Devon. The 2015 Festival will celebrate the 125th anniversary of her birthday.
The Agatha Christie Mile
Established in 1990, her centenary year, the Agatha Christie Mile marks 11 specific locations along a route around Torquay seafront, each marked by a centenary plaque.
Picture Agatha as a young lady in her fine, feathered hat enjoying roller-skating along the pier with her friends. This charming image can be seen when you visit the Agatha Christie Exhibition at Torquay Museum.
Agatha's father was a Fellow of the prestigious Torquay Natural History Society, which managed the original collections of the museum, many excavated from Kents Cavern. In 1990 the museum established the Agatha Christie Exhibition with the help of the Christie Family. Here you'll find a fascinating insight into her life and her works.
This beautiful country house with its woodland garden nestles on the banks of the River Dart. Agatha Christie is probably one of its best known owners having bought the estate in 1938, using it as her summer residence until her death in 1976. Greenway was given to the National Trust by Agatha's daughter and family in 1999.
The delightful gardens were opened to the public in 2004 and the house opened to the public in 2009. Visit the website for full details about opening times and access to the house. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
There is so much history in the bay surrounding Agatha Christie. For more information you can visit the English Riviera Website. Or why not take alook at the new TLH Agatha Christie Breaks based in the Carlton or Toorak Hotels in Torquay and which include a special Murder Mystery themed evening. See our Breaks Diary for details and prices.
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