Stunning Location

Located in the South West of England, Accent Communication Coaching offers an unrivalled study environment by the sea, with easy access to Dartmoor National Park and the beautiful Devon countryside, away from the rush and pressure of London and some of the more established centres.

Known as the English Riviera, students have been flocking to Torbay to fall in love with its sandy beaches, tranquil waters, and mild climate for generations. Twenty-two miles of stunning coastline provide ideal opportunities for water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and paddleboarding. One of our most popular water activities is kayaking, with regular guided tours to explore the hidden coves and beaches along the coast. Torquay's waters are home to a wide range of marine life, including seals and dolphins, regularly spotted by our students from the ferry on their way across the Bay to the bustling fishing village of Brixham.

For those who prefer to stay on land, there are numerous hiking trails and parks to explore, such as the South West Coast Path and idyllic Cockington Country Park. Beyond the coastline, IH Torquay students visit Dartmoor National Park every weekend, a vast expanse of rugged, windswept moorland, dotted with granite outcroppings and ancient archaeological sites. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including wild ponies, deer, and birds of prey.

Torquay’s rich history spans thousands of years. The area was first inhabited during the Stone Age, with evidence of human activity at Kent's Cavern, a system of caves that were used as a shelter and a source of food and home to some of the oldest human remains. In the Middle Ages, Torquay was home to Torre Abbey, a monastery founded in 1196 that played a key role in the development of the town and is now a museum and art gallery.

The area is also celebrated for its association with the world’s best-selling writer, Agatha Christie, who spent much of her life in the town. Several of her novels are set in Torquay, including 'The ABC Murders' and ‘Peril at End House’. Summer is the perfect time for IH Torquay students to explore the town’s various Agatha Christie-related attractions including her former home at Greenway.

Foodies will appreciate Torquay's vibrant culinary scene, with a range of restaurants and cafes serving up fresh seafood, local produce, and international cuisine. Some of the town's most popular eateries include the Michelin-starred The Elephant, which specialises in modern British cuisine, and the seaside café, Angel's Tearoom, offering a range of homemade cakes, sandwiches and tea served with scones, clotted cream, and jam.

The Facts

Torquay is situated in a large natural bay, Torbay. It is a vibrant British coastal region, a centre for tourism, the fishing industry and English language courses. Also known as The English Riviera, Torbay is a designated UNESCO Global Geopark.

136,000

Population

3 million

Visitors per year

39

Average age

23oC

Average summer temperature

10

Five-star hotels

3Michelin guide restaurants
5Theatres
3Cinemas
20Museums & art galleries nearby
1Zoo
6Nightclubs
20Beaches
1UNESCO global geopark
12oCAverage winter temperature
27Cruise ships visiting each year
17Golf courses
27Tennis clubs
11Gyms
1Artificial ski slope
5Equestrian centres
2.5Hours from London by train
4Fishing clubs
1Royal Yacht club
3Sailing schools
15Parks and gardens
2National parks nearby
1Famous author
1Recycling power house