English Riviera Beaches

Find your favourite English Rivera beaches

Famous English Riviera beaches draw holidaymakers to the coast every summer. This stunning part of the coast has lots to offer.

All about the English Riviera beaches

The ‘English Riviera’ on the beautiful South Devon Coast is a popular seaside holiday destination. With miles of charming coves, secluded sandy beaches, picture perfect harbours to discover.

Torbay includes Brixham, Paignton and Torquay. They are the Riviera towns and have something for everyone, from local and historical interest to watersports and family entertainment.

The English Riviera stretches for 22 miles along the South Devon coastline. From From Maidencombe in Torquay to St Marys bay in Brixham. Dicover traditional seaside resorts and picturesque villages to secret coves and rocky outcrops.

The English Riviera is blessed with some beautiful beaches to suit all visitors. Many of them have Blue Flag status and family-friendly credentials.

Why is it called the English Riviera?

It takes its name as the English Riviera from Victorian times, when visitors compared the warm climate to that found on the French Riviera.

Today it is one of the most popular coastal destinations in the UK.

The mild climate gives the area its unique character and visitors can walk along palm tree lined promenades and enjoy the sub-tropical surroundings.


Step into a picture-perfect postcard scene at Brixham Harbour. Watch the fishing boats come and go, and soak up the charm of this beautiful seaside town. The town has a rich maritime history and a picturesque harbor filled with colorful fishing boats.

Visitors can explore the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind ship, which is moored in the harbor, or visit one of the many seafood restaurants and cafes to sample the fresh catch of the day. The narrow streets are lined with beautiful houses and cottages, and there are plenty of independent shops, galleries, and cafes to explore.

The town also hosts several festivals throughout the year, including a Pirate Festival and a Fishstock seafood and music festival. With its stunning scenery, rich history, and vibrant atmosphere, Brixham is a must-visit destination on the English Riviera.

You can take the ferry from Brixham to Torquay.

Riviera Beaches in Brixham

You can get from one to the other in 15 minutes dependent on traffic. There is a regular bus service if you don’t have a car.

Looking out over the English channel.


With its beautiful sandy beaches, lively seafront, and family-friendly attractions, it is a popular holiday destination. The town has a long and rich history, with many historic buildings and landmarks to explore, including the old Paignton Pier and the medieval Kirkham House. There are plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants in the town, as well as several parks and gardens, including the beautiful Victoria Park.

Visitors can also take a trip on the historic Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, which offers stunning views of the coastline. With its vibrant atmosphere, beautiful scenery, and range of attractions, Paignton is a delightful destination on the English Riviera.

Beaches in Paignton

You can get from one to the other in 15 minutes dependent on traffic. There is a regular bus service if you don’t have a car.

Looking out over the English channel.


Torquay is a stunning destination all year round, but especially when the weather is good. In the heart of the English Riviera it often tops the ‘Best places to stay in the UK ‘ lists. Torquay’s main beach, Torre Abbey Sands, but there are plenty to explore in the area.

With its palm-lined promenade, sandy beaches, and lively harbor, it is a popular holiday destination. The town is famous for being the birthplace of the crime writer Agatha Christie, and visitors can explore many sites associated with her, including the Agatha Christie Mile and the Torquay Museum.

There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes in the town, as well as several attractions, including the Living Coasts zoo and aquarium and the Torquay Museum. Visitors can also take a boat trip along the stunning coastline or explore the nearby Dartmoor National Park.

Beaches in Torquay

You can get from one to the other in 15 minutes dependent on traffic. There is a regular bus service if you don’t have a car.

Looking out over the English channel.

Taking the Ferry between Brixham and Torbay

Western Lady Ferry has been operating a ferry service between Torquay and Brixham for over 70 years and is still to this day a desired way to travel between …The 30 minute ferry ride across the Bay to Brixham and returning to Torquay is a stress-free delightful way to view Torbay from the sea, especially when the sun …

Agatha Chistie

For those who like a little intrigue the Riviera town of Torquay is full of Agatha Christie links and is home to the world-famous annual Agatha Christie Festival in September. Visit Burgh Island with it’s close connection to agatha Christie and wonderful Art Deco building.

South Devon Beaches

Looking for top UK seaside destinations? Miles of sandy beaches, traditional seaside towns or family attractions, whether you are walking the coastal path or planning your next holiday, see our guide to family friendly Blue Flag beaches which are safe for swimming with excellent water quality and dog friendly beaches for long walks with our four legged friends.