Places to visit on Agatha Christie's English Riviera

MatthewA By MatthewA, 26th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Agatha Christie was a famous author who lived in Torquay. Agatha Christie produced some classic novels which inspired TV detective series such as Poirot. As such, there are many destinations in the seaside town of Torquay that have Christie connections, including the Agatha Christie Mile.

Torquay Museum

One of the first places to visit on the mile is Torquay Museum. This museum includes the Agatha Christie Exhibition which documents the history of Christie’s books. The museum also includes a variety of artifacts and fossils from nearby Kents Cavern, and covers the history of Devon more generally with exhibitions such as the Old Devon Farmhouse.

Torre Abbey

The restored Torre Abbey is one of the highlights of Torquay. Outside Torre Abbey there are landscaped gardens and a large greenhouse with a variety of exotic plants. Torre Abbey also has the Agatha Christie Memorial Room which includes a 1937 Remington Typewriter that was an essential tool for authors of the era. Just outside Torre Abbey there is also a pitch and putt golf course, tennis courts, and miniature golf. The Riviera International Center is also close to Torre Abbey and includes an indoor swimming pool, gym, and Jacuzzi.

The Pavilion

The Pavilion is included on the Christie Mile and was formerly a grand concert hall when it opened in 1912. Today this is not the case, and the Pavilion is a small mall which includes some restaurants. The Pavilion has two floors, and you can sit on the second level balconies. In 2012 the Pavilion will be 100 years old and so a centenary exhibition is currently open that documents the Pavilion’s history with a variety of artifacts and memorabilia displayed. In addition to this, centenary balls are also being held at the Pavilion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pavilion. As such, now is a good time to visit the Pavilion. Just outside the Pavilion there are also the Princess Gardens which were opened in the late 19th century and include a cast iron ornamental fountain.

Cockington Court

Another of the highlights of the English Riviera is the Cockington Court craft center and village which is just a few miles off Torquay, and also has Christie connections. The craft center is set in hundreds of acres of parkland, and you can also visit Cockington Village which has a number of thatched cottages. From here you can take the Cockington carriage ride up to the craft center.

These are just a few great places to visit on Christie’s Riviera. Torquay Museum, Torre Abbey, the International Center, the Pavilion & surrounding Princess Gardens, and Cockington Court just a short walk away from Torquay. For further details the English Riviera website is recommended.


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