Access information on The English Riviera
Getting around Torbay a guide to local transport including local buses, National Express coaches, rail travel and details of concessionary and disabled persons travel.
Today, Torquay is one of the most stylish resorts in Britain. Its elegant Victorian terraces, sparkling white villas and famous seven hills, provide the backdrop to a seafront promenade lined with palm trees that match anything that you will find on the French Riviera.
Torquay's waterfront is the focus of life in the town, over one-mile of level area, with an abundance of pavement café's, pubs, restaurants and nightlife. As the area is level, you should be able to shop for most of your needs. However, the more central shopping area of Torquay is on an incline. Meaning some shops may have steps for access
TORQUAY TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE
ACCESS: Wheelchair access; no parking
Castle Health Clinic Abbey Road Torquay TQ2 5YH 01803 295153
Paignton branch 10 Midvale Road TQ4 5BD 01803 522762
Brixham branch Greenswood Road TQ5 9HN 01803 853374
Torbay Hospital Newton Road Torquay TQ2 7AA 01803 614567
Paignton Hospital Church Street TQ3 3AG 01803 557425
Brixham Hospital Greenswood Road TQ5 9HW 01803 882153
Red Cross Medical Loan Service 0845 3313331
Please ring NHS Direct for help and advice.
Age Concern 34 Hyde Road Paignton 01803 666620
British Red Cross Society County HQ Sowton Ind Est Exeter EX2 7HA 0845 331 3331
Brixham Blind Club TQ5 9HF
Wheelchair Access/Ramped entrance 01803 851017
Connections (Citizens Advice Bureau) Castle Circus TQ1 3DR
Covering Torquay, Paignton and Brixham 01803 211211
Disability Information Service
Chadwell Annexe Preston Paignton TQ3 2DW 01803 552175
Tourism for all (formerly Holiday Care Service)
C/o Vitalise Sharp Road, Kendle, Cumbria LA9 6NZ 08451249971
Spaces for disabled drivers are available in most Torbay Council run car parks. Disabled blue badge holders do not currently receive free parking in Torbay however do receive 1 hour free extra to the time purchased on the pay and display ticket provided that the blue disabled badge is displayed correctly.
Torbay Council offers a free yearly disabled parking permit to blue badge holders who are eligible. Please visit their website at www.torbay.gov.uk for further details or contact Parking Services team on 01803 207695 for further details.
On Street parking
Disabled blue badge holders are permitted to park on street on a yellow line restriction (providing there is no loading ban in place at the location) for up to 3 hours ensuring that the badge and time clock are displayed correctly and no obstruction is being caused. When parking in a limited waiting bay disabled drivers are able to park for as long as required providing that again the blue badge is displayed correctly.
PLEASE NOTE: Disabled blue badge holders do not have dispensation to park in Bus Stops,
Taxi Ranks or Loading Bays.
Abbey Service Station, 47 Avenue Road Torquay 01803 212216
(Open 24 hours – accessible toilets)
Sainsburys, The Willows, Nicholson Road 01803 614689
(Will help with air in tyres and filling up with fuel)
Torbay Cab Co Cary Parade Torquay TQ5 2EX wheelchair accessible 01803 292292
Quick Cabs 2/4 South Street Torquay TQ25AE Wheelchair accessible 01803 297070
RS Taxis 22A Western Rd Torquay TQ1 4RL Wheelchair accessible 01803 313188
Mobile 07770 576107 firstname.lastname@example.org
Torbay Ring and Ride Community Bus Service, a vital link for Torbay residents who have difficulty using conventional transport due to disability, age or other mobility restrictions.
Transport to popular locations around Torbay, can also drop residents at Shopmobility locations in Torbay. Private hire is also available to voluntary groups and charitable organisations requiring special need transport. email@example.com 01803 201000
First Western National – Customer helpline 0845 6001420
Public Transport enquiry line 0871 2002233
Devon Bus enquiry line 01392 382800
National Express Coaches 08705 808080
Stagecoach – Information hotlines 01803 664500
South West Trains – Assistance line 0845 6050440
South West Trains - Minicom 0845 6050441
Virgin Trains – Journey Care Reservations 0845 7443366
Virgin Trains – Minicom 0845 7443367
Wales and West – Disabled Journey helpline 0845 3003005 (Called charged at local rate)
Wales and West – Minicom 0845 7585469
Please Note: It is not recommended that disabled visitors use Torre Station, Torquay,
due to difficult low platform access.
RADAR keys are available from Torquay Tourist Information Centre.
Beacon Quay (seasonal/radar)
Cockington Village Car Park
Corbyn Head (quite a way from road) (seasonal)
Factory Row (Off Union Street) (radar)
Hollicombe gardens, Preston (seasonal)
Oddicombe Beach (Seasonal)
Old Town Hall, Union Street (Radar)
Princess Gardens, Seafront (Radar)
St Marychurch Town Hall (Radar)
Vaughan Road (Marina Car Park) (Radar)
Lymington Road Coach Station (Radar)
Meadfoot Beach (Seasonal)
Shopmobility Lymington Road Torquay TQ1 4BW 01803 380982
Manual and powered wheelchairs, scooters. I day hire only
Monday to Saturday 10-4pm www.justmobility.co.uk
Princess Theatre, Torbay Road Torquay TQ2 5EZ 0870 2414120
Separate entrance for wheelchairs. Telephone in advance,
(limited space – 4 spaces plus extra wheelchair transfers), accessible bar (ramp and lift).
The Palace Theatre Palace Avenue Paignton TQ3 3HF
Electric stair lift available if required 01803 665800
Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe Downs Road Torquay TQ1 3LU 01803 328385
Space for 2 wheelchairs. Telephone in advance. Accessible to toilets and refreshments.
Little Theatre, St Marks Road Torquay TQ1 2EL 01803 299330
Seating for Disabled in front rows – Cannot stay seated in wheelchair due to fire access regulations.
International Riviera Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ 01803 299992
Easy access. Ramps supplied if required. Bars and restaurants accessible,
Disabled toilet. www.rivieracentre.co.uk
Central Cinema, 27-29 Abbey Road Torquay TQ2 5NQ 01803 380001
PUBS & Restaurants
Most pubs and bars in the area are accessible to disabled users. Below are some of those that we are aware of but please check accessibility before visiting.
London Inn (JD Weatherspoons)15 The Strand,Torquay TQ1 2AA 01803 380003
Small step on entry, radar key for toilet, entry phone to call for assistance,
side level access, stair lift to all floors.
Vaughans Wine Bar, 3 Vaughan Parade Torquay TQ2 5EG (No contact number available)
Wheelchair accessible, level access
Red Snapper 8/9 Braddons Hill West Torquay TQ1 1BG
Wheelchair accessible, easy access into bar 01803 380822
Café Bar Mojo, Torbay Road Torquay TQ2 5HD Accessible toilets 01803 294882
Brewers Fayre, Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2RD 01803 380004
Disabled access throughout, Guide dogs welcome, Lift
Drum Inn, Cockington Village Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 605143
Disabled toilet, side entrance access
Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue Torquay TQ2 5LZ
Level access. Lift available. 01803 206337
Bianco's 38 Torwood Street Torquay TQ1 1EB Wheelchair accessible 01803 293430
Chelston Manor Old Mill Road Torquay TQ2 6HN
Wheelchair accessible 01802 605142
MacDonalds, 114 Union Street Torquay TQ2 5PY 01803 201072
Level access and toilets www.mcdonalds.co.uk
Kentucky Fried Chicken, Fleet Street Torquay www.kfc.co.uk 01803 299531
BANKS / BUILDING SOCIETIES –The majority do have disabled access.
A detailed list is available from The Tourist Information Centre.
PLACES OF WORSHIP – Disable access is varied therefore please contact the individual place of worship. A comprehensive list is available from The Tourist Information Centres
ATTRACTIONS / PLACES OF INTEREST
Living Coasts, Beacon Quay, Torquay Harbour TQ1 2BG 01803 202470
Wheelchair accessible, lift available linking café and shop
Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975
Ramp, lift and chair lift to all public galleries
Babbacombe Model Village Hampton Avenue Babbacombe Torquay TQ1 3LA 01803 315315
Wheelchair available, toilet facilities for the disabled
BEACHES & COVES
Ansteys Cove – Type: Shingle/rock, moderate access, very steep.
Babbacombe Beach – Type: Sand/shingle, moderate access.
Corbyn Head – Type: Sand/shingle, easy access, steep slope.
Hollicombe Beach –Type: Sand, moderate access, steep slope. Toilets located nearby.
Maidencombe Beach –Type: Sand/shingle, generally easy access but steep in some places.
Meadfoot Beach – Type: Sand/pebble, moderate access, very steep, radar key toilets.
Torre Abbey Sands –Type: Sand, easy access, toilets.
Watcombe Beach –Type: Sand, moderate but steep in places.
Oddicombe Beach –Type: Sand/shingle, moderate access (cliff lift), toilets by beach.
PARKS AND GARDENS
Cockington Court and Country Park 01803 606035
Abbey Park Sea Front Torquay - Disabled access 01803 201201
SPORT & LEISURE
Riviera International Conference Centre,
Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ 01803 299992
Level access, lift to all floors including restaurants, bar, toilets and changing rooms. Able to take a wheelchair to the poolside but there is no hoist, accessible toilet.
Torquay United AFC PLC Plainmoor, Warboro Road Torquay TQ1 3PS 01803 328666
Level access to the club, toilets and refreshments. Wheelchair spaces are available in the front of the stand. Deaf, blind and visually impaired needs are catered for, free admission for carers.
Torquay United Indoor Bowling Club Marnham Road Torquay TQ1 3QW 01803 328488
Level access, disabled wheelchairs
Riding for people with disabilities 0845 4507028
Torquay Library, Lymington Road Torquay TQ1 3DT
Level access on ground floor, ramp, lift installed 01803 208310
Sainsbury's, The Willows Nicholson Road Torquay TQ2 7HT 01803 614689
Wheelchairs for hire, wide aisles, special trolleys, level entrance, accessible toilet, packing and take-to-car service. www.sainsburys.co.uk
The following are only a sample of hairdressers in the area that have facilities for the disabled.
Goldilocks Hair & Beauty 22 Fore Street, St Marychurch Torquay TQ1 4LY 01803 313065
Small step into salon. Help available if required. www.goldilocks.com
Hair works, First Floor,109 Union Street Torquay TQ1 3DW 01803293377
Reception area on ground level, 4 small steps to actual salon. Help available if required.
5-6 Strand Torquay TQ1 2DF 01803 212754
Lift or ramp located at rear of store www.hoopers.tld.uk
One of the few coastal resorts in Devon where almost all of the holiday resort is on the level, with the town, beaches, entertainment, public transport and the town centre all within easy walking distance.
Shopmobility, Victoria Car Park Garfield Road Paignton TQ4 6AU
Manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters for hire
Summer 10.00am – 4.00pm. Winter 10.00am – 1.00pm 01803 521771
Torbay Industrial Services Waddeton Close Brixham Road Paignton TQ4 7RZ
Hire facilities available for wheelchairs and a range of other equipment 01803 520386
Aid to Living Centre, 53 Palace Avenue Paignton TQ3 3EN 01803 528716
Hire facilities available for wheelchairs and a range of other equipment.
(Delivery and collection service only in Torbay for a nominal fee)
Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 9.00am – 1.00pm
Cycle Hire 20 Dartmouth Road Paignton TQ4 5AQ 01803 521068
Manual wheelchairs for hire. Monday – Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm (closed Wednesday)
New Ability 371 Torquay Road Preston Paignton TQ3 2BT
Hire of manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs and scooters
Monday – Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm 01803 555961
Paignton Nursery Furniture 321c Torquay Road Preston Paignton TQ3 2EY
Equipment hire includes strengthened pushchairs for disabled children and a
small number of wheelchairs for adults. Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm 01803 551889
ATTRACTIONS/PLACES OF INTEREST
Paignton Pier, Paignton Sands TQ4 6BW 01803 522139
Level disabled access www.paigntonpier.co.uk
Paignton Environmental Park. Totnes Road Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697500
Total access. Some steep hills. Use of manual, electric wheelchairs and scooters,
please contact the zoo prior to your visit. Reduced admission for disabled visitors.
Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway 01803 555872
Queens Park Station, Torbay Road Paignton TQ4 6AF
Experience the steam age on a 7 mile stretch of the Great Western Railway
8 Wheelchair capacity. Please telephone in advance.
Sainsbury's, Brixham Road, Paignton TQ4 7BA 01803 666444
Wide aisles, accessible toilet, level entrances, wheelchairs available parking.
Tesco, 2 Victoria Street, Paignton TQ4 5DL 01803 354400
Level access. Take-to-car service.
Headmasters, 12 Dendy Road Paignton TQ4 5DB 01803 524419
2 small steps into the salon, upstairs toilet.
PUBS & RESTAURANTS
Inn on the Quay, Tanners Road, Goodrington Paignton TQ4 6LP 01803 559754
(Brewers Fayre) level access and accessible toilets.
Talk of the Town, 46-52 Torbay Road, Paignton TQ4 6AL
Level access, accessible toilet 01803 525834
Inn on the Green The Esplanade, Paignton TQ4 6BG 01803 557841
Ramp at rear of building for wheelchair access
The Flagship Sea Front Paignton TQ4 6BN
Level access 01803 529521
Backstage Bistro, 29 Hyde Road Paignton TQ4 5BP 01803 522544
Ganges Indian Restaurant, 33 Hyde Road Paignton TQ4 5BL 01803 551007
No accessible toilet.
RADAR keys are available from Paignton Tourist Information Centre.
Palace Theatre (seasonal)
Parkside, Victoria Park (radar)
Preston North / Marine Drive (radar)
CAR PARKING –
Cliff Park (Beach)
Roundham (Town long stay)
Preston Gardens (Town short stay)
Station Lane (Town short stay)
Victoria (Town short/long)
Shell Riviera, 376 Torquay Road Paignton TQ3 2DN 01803 696010
Accessible toilets. Open 7am – 11pm daily.
Marldon Service Station The Ring Road Marldon Paignton TQ3 1NA 01803 558860
Disabled assistance available
Able Taxi's 91 Queen Elizabeth Drive Paignton TQ3 3YN 01803 555200
Fold down wheelchairs only
Torbay Taxi's Ltd 9 Hyde Road Paignton TQ4 5BW
Wheelchair friendly 01803 211611
Dave's Taxi's 3 Underidge Close Paignton TQ3 3XU
6 seater available 01803 406004
Excellence in Travel 07742 135068
Kentucky Fried Chicken, 60 Victoria Street Paignton TQ4 5DF 01803 655837
Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue Paignton TQ3 3HF 01806 665800
Limited space available for wheelchairs, please telephone in advance,
access by chair lift, accessible toilet. www.palace-theatre.org.uk
Apollo Cinemas, Esplanade Road, Paignton TQ4 6AG
Booking Line 0871 2233475
Movie News 0906 294 3456 (25p per min)
Disabled car park spaces, lowered box office, wheelchair access and spaces, accessible toilets with lowered sink. LOOP available for the deaf. www.apollocinemas.co.uk
SPORTS & LEISURE
Torbay Leisure Centre, Penwill Way Clennon Valley Paignton TQ4 5JR 01803 522240
Level access, lift to all floors including café and licensed bar, toilets and
changing rooms for swimming pool, hoist available for pool use. www.leisure-centre.com
Paignton Library, Courtland Road TQ3 2AB 01803 208321
Ramp with level access inside.
BEACHES & COVES
Broadsands Beach – Type: Sand, easy access, accessible toilets.
Elberry Cove – Type: Shingle, difficult access.
Goodrington Sands – Type: Sand, easy access, accessible toilets.
Paignton Sands – Type: Sand, easy access, accessible toilets.
Preston Sands – Type: Sand, easy access, accessible toilets
Brixham is a picturesque fishing town and is the least commercialised part of the English Riviera.
The narrow streets of the town lead you through a fine array of colour-washed houses to the
bustling harbour surrounded by shops selling tourist memorabilia and refreshments, as well as
locally caught fish. The waterfront, marina, fish quay and breakwater are all level and accessible.
Town centre (Short stay)
Oxon Cover/Freshwater (Town long stay)
Identified parking spaces for blue badge holders
Parkham Service Station, 76 New Road Brixham TQ5 8NJ 01803 853868
Open 24 hours, disabled toilets
Brixham Taxi Rank, Bank Lane Brixham TQ5 8EX
6 seater suitable for wheelchair 01803 856367
A1 Brixham Taxi's 8 Greenwood Road BrixhamTQ5 9HN
2 wheelchair taxi's available for hire 01803 883883
Shopmobility Central Car park Pre - Book 01803 858304
St John Ambulance Penn Meadows Road TQ5 9PW 01803 853777
loan service for wheelchairs
ATTRACTIONS/PLACES OF INTEREST
Berry Head Country Park Brixham
An easy wheelchair accessible walk around Berry Head Nature Reserve.
Electric wheelchair available for hire £1 Visitor centre and accessible toilets 01803 883262
Brixham Heritage Museum The Old Police Station New Road Brixham TQ5 8LZ 01803 856267
Accessible to wheelchair users. www.brixhamheritage.org.uk
BEACHES AND COVES
Churston Cove – Sand and shingle, parking half a mile from beach Difficult access for disabled.
Fishcombe Cove – Sand and shingle. Difficult access for disabled.
Breakwater Beach – Shingle. Difficult access for disabled.
Shoalstone – Shingle and rock. Difficult access for disabled.
SPORT AND LEISURE
Brixham Community Sports Centre Lytes Road Brixham TQ5 9SN 01803 883388
Level access throughout the centre, toilets and access into sports hall, but no designated activities.
Brixham Pool Higher Ranscombe Road Brixham TQ5 9HF 01803 857151
Level access, facilities in changing rooms and accessible toilets. A pool hoist is available
Co-op 75 Fore Street Brixham TQ5 8AG 01803 852888
Level access, wide aisle
Jeanette's 100 Drew Street Brixham TQ5 9BZ 01803 858456
Hairlines 82 Bolton Street Brixham TQ5 9DS 01803 882303
Brixham Library Middle Street Brixham TQ5 8EU 01803 853870
Wheelchair access and lift available to the upper floor
Brixham Theatre New Road Brixham TQ5 8TA 01803 852829
Wheelchair access and lift available to the upper floor
RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉ'S
The Breakwater Berry Head Road Brixham TQ5 9AF
Ground floor and disabled toilets 01803 856738
Huckleberries 14/16 Middle Street Brixham TQ5 8ER
Wheelchair accessible 01803 857744
The Cabin 22 The Quay Brixham TQ5 8AW
Wheelchair accessible 01803 853323
The Blue Anchor 83 Fore Street Brixham TQ5 8AH 01803 859373
Easily accessible entrance
The Vigilance 5 Bolton Street Brixham TQ5 9DE 01803 850489
Level access, accessible toilets
PLACES OF INTEREST SURROUNDING TORBAY
Kenton Nr Exeter EX6 8JQ
Disabled toilets ,Wheelchair ramps. 01626 890243
Castle Lodge Okehampton EX20 1JB 01837 52844
Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Riverside Mill Bovey Travey TQ13 9AF 01626 832223
Disabled toilets, easily accessible
Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
The Square Barnstaple EX32 8LN 01271 346747
Disabled access, disabled toilets
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens 01395 568465
East Budleigh Salterton EX9 7JT
Wheelchair friendly, easy access toilets
Drewsteignton Exeter EX6 6PD 01647 433306
Wheelchairs available, ramped access
Crown Hill Fort
Plymouth PL6 5BX 01752 793754
Accessible toilets, guide dogs permitted
42 St.Georges Terrace Stoke
Plymouth PL2 1HS 01752 500567
Accessible tours, transport
Brownstone Road Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 752466
Wheelchairs available, ramped entrance
Dartington Cider Press Centre
Shinners Bridge Totnes TQ9 6TQ 01803 847500
Disabled access to all parts of the site
Broadclyst Exeter EX5 3LE 01392 881345
Concessions available for carers
Prickly Ball Farm
Denbury Road Newton Abbot TQ12 6BZ 01626 362319
South Devon Railway
The Station Dartbridge Road Buckfastleigh
Devon TQ11 0DZ 0845 3451420
Stover Country Park
Stover Newton Abbot TQ12 6QG 01626 835236
Bolham Tiverton EX16 7RQ
Wheelchairs available, ramped entrance