Aveland House
Aveland Road
Babbacombe, Torquay, TQ1 3PT

Tel: +44 (0)1803 326622    Email: avelandhouse@aol.com

Access Information - Torquay

The fact that the town of Torquay is famously built on seven hills, often causes concern to people of limited mobility who come to visit the resort. However Torquay's waterfront, the focus of life in the town, has over one-mile of flat pavements and promenades, with many shops, cafes and bars. The more central shopping area of Torquay is on an incline. meaning a small number of shops may have steps for access but most shops in the town centre are accessible.

The Babbacombe area of Torquay, with stunning cliff top views across the Bay from the completely flat Babbacombe Downs area is popular with older visitors and again those of limited mobility, the area is a quieter and more traditional haven, complete with welcoming tea rooms and award-winning fish and chip shops. The Babbacombe Cliff Railway means that the beach area and promenade below is entirely accessible to all.

Useful Information and Contacts

The Tourist Information Centre
Vaughan Parade,
Tel: 01803 211211
Fax: 01803 214885
E-mail: torquay.tic@torbay.gov.uk 
ACCESS: Wheelchair access; no parking

Equipment Hire

British Red Cross, Unit 3C Broomhill Way Torquay TQ2 7QL. Tel: 01803 616098
Wheelchair hire, short term basis.

Shopmobility, Lymington Road Torquay TQ1 4BW. Tel: 01803 380 982
Manual and powered wheelchairs, scooters. 1 day hire only. www.justmobility.co.uk.

St John Ambulance, 65 St Marychurch Road Torquay, TQ1 3HG Tel: 01803 328203


(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)

Beaches and Coves

- Anstey's 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, 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.

Pubs, Bars & Restaurants

Most pubs, bars and Restaurants in the area are accessible to disabled users.  Below are some of those but please check accessibility before visiting. 

London Inn (JD Weatherspoons) 15 The Strand, Torquay TQ1 2AA Tel: 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
Wheelchair accessible, level access

Red Snapper 8/9 Braddons Hill West Torquay TQ1 1BG  Tel: 01803 380822
Wheelchair accessible, easy access into bar.                                       

Brewers Fayre, Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2RD Tel: 01803 380004
Disabled access throughout, Guide dogs welcome, Lift.

Drum Inn, Cockington Village Torquay TQ2 6XA Tel: 01803 605143
Disabled toilet, side entrance access

Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue Torquay TQ2 5LZ. Tel :01803 206337
Level access.  Lift available.

Bianco’s, 38 Torwood Street Torquay TQ1 1EB. Tel: 01803 293430
Wheelchair accessible.

Chelston Manor Hotel, Old Mill Road Torquay TQ2 6HN. Tel: 01802 605142
Wheelchair accessible            

MacDonalds, 114 Union Street Torquay TQ2 5PY. Tel:  01803 201072
Level access and toilets

Burger King, Fleet Street Torquay TQ1 3SR. Tel: 01803 294845
Level access and toilets  


Princess Theatre, Torbay Road Torquay TQ2 5EZ. Tel: 0870 2414120
Separate entrance for wheelchairs.  Telephone in advance,  (limited space – 4 spaces plus extra wheelchair transfers), accessible bar (ramp and lift).

Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe Downs Road  Torquay  TQ1 3LU. Tel: 01803 328385 Space for 2 wheelchairs.  Telephone in advance.  Accessible to toilets and refreshments. www.babbacombe-theatre.com.

Little Theatre, St Marks Road Torquay TQ1 2EL. Tel: 01803 299330
Seating for Disabled in front rows – Cannot stay seated in wheelchair due to fire access regulations. www.toadstheatre.co.uk.

International Riviera Centre, Chestnut  Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ. Tel: 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. Tel: 01803 380001 www.merlincinemas.co.uk