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all aboard - boats, trains & buses

Getting about the bay and beyond is an adventure in itself and no matter what age you might be we find nothing lifts the spirits like a ferry or train ride. And you don't have to be a train spotter to revel in the novelty of a trip on a steam train with fabulous views of the sea and the south Devon countryside thrown in for free.

We've said it elsewhere but one thing to bear in mind is that some of these services, in particular the ferries are weather dependent, so if it's turned blowy then there's a good chance the ferries won't be running so always check before leaving.

brixham ferry

What better way to arrive at Britain's premier fishing port than by sea! These boys have been running the service for 65 years so the commentary offers a great insight and background to the maritime side of life on the bay. It's a 35 minute trip and amazing value for money. Do remember to check the ferry times as they don't run after dark so last ferry times can vary according to the season.

Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2EL

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Teignmouth round robin

If you want than to just get from A to B, then WeFerry run a variety of cruises around the bay and beyond. From pure sightseeing to fish and chip cruises and more their distinctive red and yellow livery makes sure you can't miss them!

Princess Pier, Torquay,TQ25EZ  (opposite Princess Theatre)

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paignton pleasure cruises

This family-run firm is another of Torbay's water born legends! Operating for 60 years they too know their way around the bay. In addition to their ferry service to Paignton they also offer fishing trips and wildlife spotting.

Beacon Quay and Haldon Pier, Torquay marina.

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dartmouth day cruise

A great way to visit our historic neighbour around the other side of Berry Head. It's a return trip with plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely lunch or simply a stroll around Dartmouth.

Maidencombe, Devon, TQ1 4TS.

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Dartmouth Steam Railway 

We defy anyone not to be captivated by this evocative trip back in time as you puff (well the train puffs) your way from Paignton to Kingswear through some glorious Devon countryside. Then a trip on the ferry takes you across the Dart to the Dartmouth quayside. Come Christmas night time the journey is transformed into the Train of Lights which adds to the magic tenfold.

You can extend the fun still further by booking a combined steam train and paddle steamer river cruise and transport yourself back into the lead role of an Agatha Christie novel, whose summer home you'll pass by, as well as the Royal Naval College and Dartmouth Castle.

Queen's Park Station, Torbay Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6AF

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Sightseeing BUS TOUR

What says English seaside more than an open top bus tour? No we don't know either so if you'd like a gentle introduction to the landmarks and history of Torquay and Paignton this is just the ticket. The tour lasts about 90 minutes or maybe a little more more depending on the traffic.

The Firs, Station Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6NU

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