Torquay’s Princess Gardens are as much a feature of the quaintest of seaside towns as Agatha Christie, palm trees and sandy beaches. There’s barely a postcard that doesn’t have the flower-lined gardens in the foreground, and many a summer event centres on the area. The Princess Gardens are a palm-lined promenade that frames the seafront, so a walk along its paths is pretty much compulsory during a holiday in South Devon.
The gardens have changed little over the years, with a fountain at the centre, colourful flower beds, and the Princess Theatre just beside them. Recent months have seen a new arrival in the form of the Torquay Wheel, which means visitors can enjoy a view of Torbay from above and learn more about the town’s history while they enjoy the rise. The wheel has given the gardens a new lease of life, becoming one of Torquay’s most popular attractions.
Summer bank holidays often see the gardens lined with continental stalls and the air filled with the smell of crepes, as our friends from France come over to sell their wares. The Agatha Christie Festival also centres on them, and it’s not uncommon to bump into Poirot or Miss Marple during September. Whether for a stroll, a picnic or an event, the Princess Gardens are one of Torquay’s best loved spots.