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Things to do in Torquay – Torquay Museum

8 August 2023

If you’re going to make a list of things to do in Torquay while you stay at the TLH Leisure Resort, be sure to have a few pages handy as there’s lots to do, come rain or shine. Within a pleasant 30 minute walk or 5 minute drive of the TLH Hotels, you’ll find Torquay Museum.

Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum – a hands-on family-friendly visitor attraction, with lots to see and do for children and adults alike. An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site.

A wide variety of exhibitions are hosted throughout the year by the Museum, from child-friendly summer blockbusters to fascinating exhibitions about South Devon’s amazing archaeology, geology and people.

Something for Everyone

Come face-to-face with North-West Europe’s oldest human fossil and the sabre-toothed tigers he shared his Torquay home with 44,000 years ago, and explore life and death in Ancient Egypt, including the coffin of a 2,500 year old mummified boy. Find out about Torquay’s explorer’s, including the inspiration for Indiana Jones and what life was like in an Devon Farmhouse in the 1800’s. View their visual guide >

D-Day Exhibition

Running from 16th March until 21st Sep 2024, this exhibition brings to life the dramatic events leading up to D-Day, the part played by the people of South Devon in this historic military operation, and the direct impact of World War II on the normally serene seaside towns of Torbay.

Visitors to the exhibition can see artefacts from World War II, many of them with Torbay connections, from an RAF uniform to an indoor “Morrison Shelter”, an American combat uniform and weapons to a Red Cross nurse’s uniform. There are audio recordings of wartime memories of Torbay, an original Luftwaffe map of Torquay, US military medals, and much more. There is even amazing video footage of American soldiers boarding transport ships in Torquay and Brixham harbours, which has only recently come to light.

The tale of the exhibition is told through large information panels, packed with fascinating stories and photographs, which are rarely displayed. Until July, you can also see Anthony Job’s collection of items relating to ARP and air raids in Devon in the Museum’s Entrance Hall. FIND OUT MORE

Agatha Christie Permanent Exhibit

Detect your way through Britain’s only Agatha Christie gallery at Torquay Museum, which is dedicated to the life story of the Queen of Crime. Re-developed and improved in 2013, the new gallery now enables visitors to step inside Poirot’s study and lounge, including furniture, books, pictures and even fireplaces from his beautiful London Art Deco apartment.

Plan a Visit

Come to Torquay Museum and enjoy all the fun and family activities we have to offer – exhibitions, activities, events, lectures, outdoor activities and more! Pay once and get in free all year! Full admission price information and opening times can be found on their website. book your tickets

Other great things to do in Torquay

Torquay offers plenty to do so look out for our ‘Out & About’ blog posts. read our blogs

If you have a favourite place in Torquay that you like to visit, let us know about it and tell us why!


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