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Access information on The English Riviera


Torquay          Paignton         Brixham


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


The Tourist Information Centre

Vaughan Parade, TORQUAY TQ2 5JG
Tel: 01803 211211 Fax: 01803 214885

E-mail: [email protected] 

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

Email: [email protected]


Tourism for all (formerly Holiday Care Service)

C/o Vitalise Sharp Road,  Kendle,  Cumbria LA9 6NZ                               08451249971 


Car Parking

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  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  [email protected]



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 protected]   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

                                                                                     01392 427711


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




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.



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



Kentucky Fried Chicken, Fleet Street Torquay            01803 299531  



BANKS / BUILDING SOCIETIESThe 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



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



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.



Cockington Court and Country Park                                  01803 606035

Disabled access.


Abbey Park Sea Front Torquay -      Disabled access          01803 201201



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


Horse Riding

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.




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.


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




PAIGNTON                                                                                                               Return to top of page


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

Deposit required


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                         



Paignton Pier, Paignton Sands TQ4 6BW                                                                01803 522139

Level disabled access


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.

Email: [email protected]


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.



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

Level access.


Ganges Indian Restaurant, 33 Hyde Road Paignton TQ4 5BL                             01803 551007

No accessible toilet.          



RADAR keys are available from Paignton Tourist Information Centre.

Paignton Pier

Palace Theatre (seasonal)

Parkside, Victoria Park (radar)

Preston North / Marine Drive (radar)

Quaywest Central



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         

Level access.



Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue Paignton TQ3 3HF                                                   01806 665800

Limited space available for wheelchairs, please telephone in advance,

access by chair lift, accessible toilet.



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.



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.



Paignton Library, Courtland Road TQ3 2AB                                                           01803 208321

Ramp with level access inside.



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                                                                                        Return to top of page


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)

Breakwater (Beach)

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



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.



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.



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



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



Powderham Castle  

Kenton Nr Exeter EX6 8JQ

Disabled toilets ,Wheelchair ramps.                                       01626 890243


Okehampton Castle

Castle Lodge Okehampton EX20 1JB                                  01837 52844

Ramped access                           


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


Castle Drogo

Drewsteignton Exeter EX6 6PD                                              01647 433306

Wheelchairs available, ramped access


Crown Hill Fort

Plymouth PL6 5BX                                                                  01752 793754

Accessible toilets, guide dogs permitted


Dartmoor Safaris

42 St.Georges Terrace Stoke

Plymouth PL2 1HS                                                                 01752 500567

Accessible tours, transport


Coleton Fishacre

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


Killerton House

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


Knighthayes Court

Bolham Tiverton EX16 7RQ                                   

Wheelchairs available, ramped entrance


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