Torquay Webcam LIVE
from the Sea Front,
Torbay, Devon, UK
Welcome to the English Riviera, famous for it's temperate, year round Climate. The perfect UK holiday destination. Torquay and Torbay are the ideal holiday destination for all ages from the young to the young at heart. A warm welcome awaits every visitor at one of Devon's finest Sea Side Resorts.
The Web Cams
The Torquay Webcams are situated on three TORQUAY HOTELS - Torbay's Award Winning Corbyn Head Hotel, The BEST WESTERN Livermead Cliff Hotel and The Livermead House Hotel.
All web cams are operated and maintained by Rew Hotels.
All Three Live Streaming Webcams overlook the secluded Livermead Sands and are situated on the edge
Cockington Valley. Livermead Sands is an award winning European Blue Flag beach. Apart from Swimming and Sunbathing this beach is used for many water sports and is especially ideal for Water Skiing and Surfing in the Spring, Autumn and Winter swells.
We hope you enjoy our two new webcams, and hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you to our English Riviera in the not too distant future. TORQUAY REW HOTELS - DEVON - UK
Torquay interesting information
Torquay is a town in Devon is situated sixteen miles south of Exeter along the A380 on the north of Torbay, and adjoins the neighbouring town of Paignton on the west of the bay.
In the 19th century it became a fashionable seaside resort, renowned for its healthy climate it gained a nickname as the English Riviera.
Torquay's name originates in it being the quay of the ancient village of Torre, which in turn takes its name from the tor whose extensively quarried remains can be seen by the town's Tor Hill Road.
The area comprising modern Torquay has been inhabited since paleolithic times. Hand axes found in Kents Cavern date to 450,000 years ago, and a maxilla fragment known as Kents Cavern 4 may be oldest example of a modern human in Europe.
Roman Soldiers are known to have visited Torquay at some point during the period when Britain was a part of the Roman Empire, leaving offerings at a strange rock formation in Kent's Cavern, known as 'The Face'.
The first major building in what was to become Torquay was Torre Abbey, a Premonstratensian monastery founded in 1196. Torquay remained a minor settlement until the Napoleonic wars, when Torbay was frequently used as a sheltered anchorage by the Channel Fleet, and relatives of officers often visited Torquay.
The mild climate of Torquay attracted many visitors who considered the town a convalescence retreat where they could recover from illness away from the cold winters of more Northerly or Easterly locations. The population of Torquay grew rapidly from 838 in 1801, to 11,474 in 1851.
The second phase in the expansion of Torquay began when Torre railway station was opened on 18th December 1848. The improved transport connections resulted in the rapid growth of Torquay at the expense of nearby towns not on Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railways.
The more central Torquay railway station was open on 2nd August 1859. After the growth of the preceding decades, Torquay was granted borough status in 1872.
Previously regarded as a convalescence retreat, Torquay began to encourage healthy visitors, and 1902 saw the first advertising campaign to market Torquay to summer tourists.
During World War I, military hospitals were sited in Torquay - many survivors from the Battle of Gallipoli recuperated in the town - and it was also used as a troop staging area.
In September 1915 King George V and Queen Mary visited. After the war had ended, Great Western Railway launched an advertising campaign to attract tourists to Torquay, and this helped the town grow to a major South coast resort.
During World War II Torquay was regarded as safer than the towns of South East England, and played host to evacuees from the London area. Torquay did still suffer bomb damage during the war, mainly from planes dumping excess loads after participating in the Plymouth Blitz.
In the months leading up to D-Day thousands of US Army personnel arrived in Torquay, and the 3204th Quartermaster Service Company were billeted in Chelston and Cockington. The last air raid on Torquay took place on 29th May 1944.
The water sport events of the 1948 Summer Olympics were held in Torquay, with the Olympic flame being brought from London to Torre Abbey Gardens. Torquay had aimed to be the official warm up venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but these will now take place in Weymouth.
Part of the Torquay seafront at high tide Since World War II, the nature of tourism in the United Kingdom has changed significantly. Increasing wealth has meant that holidays abroad are now commonplace, and coastal towns are now more popular for short stays as part of a touring holiday. Recently Torquay has seen an increase in foreign visitors, and is now a major destination for foreign exchange students.
Torquay is situated on the South West coast of England, forming one third of Torbay, and is primarily on the western side of the bay.
It has a mild microclimate, and cabbage trees (often erroneously dubbed "Torbay Palms") are a notable feature of the area. They were introduced into the area in 1820 from New Zealand and since then have flourished.There are currently thousands throughout the town.
Torquay is also set along a coastline renowned for its beaches, having no fewer than nine popular beaches. The high standards of water quality and beach facilities mean that many carry coveted awards, including no fewer than three European Blue Flags - more than any other resort in the UK.
The nine main beaches of Torquay, a string of nine beautiful beaches and coves stretched out along the palm lined coast, are as follows * Maidencombe Beach * Watcombe Beach * Oddicombe Beach * Babbacombe Beach * Anstey's Cove * Meadfoot Beach * Torre Abbey Sands * Corbyn Sands