Torquay is the birthplace of The World's best selling detective fiction writer, Agatha Christie. Born into a genteel middle class family, poor investment choices and the death of her father set the family on a downward financial spiral. World War I caused a social earthquake and the young Agatha was able to shrug off the strict Victorian conventions of behaviour as she became a nurse tending to wounded soldiers. She later became a pharmacist and it was at this point that she began to gain her knowledge of poisons and to consider writing a detective story.
The story - The Mysterious Affair at Styles - was not published until after the war and it was a modest success both in terms of reviews and financial reward but it set Agatha on a writing career that lasted until her death in 1976.
Follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie
Modern visitors to Torquay can follow in her foosteps and see so much of what inspired her stories. The centrepiece of any visit is Greenway, the holiday home she bought on the banks of The River Dart in 1938. This National Trust Property is open throughout the year.
Easter 2020 Breaks in Torquay
Enjoy Luxury self catering breaks on The English Riviera and experience some unique Easter events over the Bank Holiday weekend.
English Riviera Airshow June 2020
Now back for the fifth year and re-branded as English Riviera Airshow, it will take place over the weekend of 6th & 7th June.
Early May Bank Holiday 2020 Date Change
The date of the first May Bank Holiday has been changed for this year to commemorate 75 years since VE Day. The Bank Holiday will be on Friday 8th May. The Whitsun Bank Holiday stays the same and is the last Monday of the month.
2020 is the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers to America.
Find out more about this special year of celebrations.