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The best beaches in Torquay near TLH Leisure Resort

4 September 2023

For many, a holiday in Torquay means a visit to the beach. Torquay and the surrounding area has a number of great beaches to suit all tastes. Some of the best beaches in Torquay are just a short drive or walk away from TLH Leisure Resort.

From rocky beaches to flat, fine sandy beaches, there are some great beaches to choose from. Let’s take a look at just a few of the main beaches in Torquay within easy reach of TLH Leisure Resort.

Torre Abbey Sands, one of the best beaches in Torquay

The main beach in Torquay is called Torre Abbey Sands and is named after the Abbey which sits just inland from the beach. For families on holiday in Torquay, this is the beach to head for. Easy access at a number of points including 2 slopes that allow wheelchair and buggy access. With flat soft sand at low tide and numerous rock pools at the Corbyn Head end of the beach, Torre Abbey beach is one of the best Beaches in Torquay.

Type – Fine sand with rocks at one end.
Access – Multiple points of access with 2 being slopes.
Facilities – Multiple facilities including cafes, chips shops and ice-cream sellers.
Parking – Limited time paid parking along the sea road or via paid car parks.

Look out for our blog on Torre Abbey beach as we will be taking a closer look at this great Torquay beach.

Meadfoot Beach in Torquay

If you’re looking to get away from the main beach at Torquay then Meadfoot beach is a great alternative. Only a five-minute drive from the hotels at TLH Leisure Resort, Meadfoot beach offers something a little different.

Mostly rocky in nature, there’s a more sandy area at one end of the beach that can be a real sun trap. It’s an ideal place to set up camp for the day, enjoy the sun and explore the many rock pools. This particular beach is also great for fishing from the headland and can be fantastic for snorkelling. Be aware that at high tide this beach can be totally covered, so check the tide times before you go.

Access is via some steps and a slope at the sandy end and a slope that leads to the rocky end of the beach near the paid car park. There are also some stone steps halfway along the beach but these are steep.

Parking at Meadfoot beach is the best of any of the beaches in Torquay as there’s free parking right along the main beach road. There’s also parking via a small paid car park at one end of the beach and additional road parking on adjacent roads. All this parking is just minutes from the beach itself.

Look out for our blog coming soon as we take a closer look at Meadfoot beach in Torquay.

Type – Coarse sand with 50% of the beach being rocky.
Access – 3 points of access with 1 being a slope which leads onto the rocky end of the beach. The access via the steps can be steep.
Facilities – Small cafe on the beach.
Parking – Free parking along the sea road and adjacent road with a small paid car park and one end.

Look out for our blog on Meadfoot beach as we will be taking a closer look at this great Torquay beach soon.

Oddicombe beach Torquay and its cliff railway

If you fancy something a little different, then Oddicombe beach in Torquay certainly has a quirky method of getting to the beach. The beach is located just below Babbacombe Downs and just a 10-minute drive from TLH Leisure Resort.

Three Degrees West, Torquay


There’s a very steep road down to the beach which is out of bounds for cars (accept access) during the summer months. You can walk down this road to the beach but it’s very steep and the walk back up will certainly burn those calories. Oddicombe beach is the only beach in Torquay with its own cliff railway. The kids will love it and it’s certainly a quirky way to get up and down to the beach. In the winter, access to the beach by car is permitted. BABBACOMBE CLIFF RAILWAY >

Relatively flat and sandy, Oddicombe beach can be a real sun trap. It is also home to a gorgeous bistro restaurant, which serves fantastic food inside or al fresco, in one of Torquay’s most beautiful bays.

Type – Coarse / fine sand with rocks at one end.
Access – 3 points of access with 1 being from a coast walk from Babbacombe, one via a very steep road and the cliff railway (there is a cost for using the cliff railway)
Facilities – Beach-front cafe/bistro/bar  Three Degrees West. Pay on entry toilets. Ice cream hut.
Parking – On-street parking along the sea road above the beach but places can be limited. During the winter months, parking is permitted next to the beach cafe which is free.

Hollicombe beach also known as Gasworks beach

Hollicombe beach in Torbay can be found on the way to Preston along the coast road from Torquay and is only a five-minute drive from the TLH Leisure Resort Hotels. Parking is limited to the roadside and the spaces can fill up quickly. Once there, access to the beach is very easy via a park with a slope to the beach. If you’re feeling a little more energetic you can walk to the beach in about 30 – 40 mins which can be a lovely walk along the coast road.

The entrance to the beach is through Hollicombe gardens, which can be found on the left, at the bottom of the hill, just before the road rises into Preston. With the beach being situated between Torquay and Paignton it can be a little quieter in the peak months.

The beach at Hollicombe is sand but slightly more coarse than that of Torre Abbey sands due to the cliff backdrop. There’s also a freshwater stream running through the centre which will amuse the children for hours!

Gently sloping and sandy, Hollicombe beach is a great choice but being slightly out of the way means there’s no cafe or ice cream stall to hand, so be prepared to take everything with you.

Type – Coarse / fine sand with rocks at one end.
Access – 2 points of access with 1 being from a coastal path from the Paignton end. This includes some steep steps and the other via Hollicombe gardens on the coast road from Torquay. Access to this entrance is via a slope to the beach.
Facilities – None at the time of writing this article.

Torquay and the surrounding coastline has some great beaches

TLH Leisure Resort is situated at the heart of Torquay and some of the best beaches in Torquay are just a short drive or walk away. A trip to Torquay means a trip to the beach! Don’t forget to let us know how your day at the beach went, as we would love to hear all about it.

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