“It’s certainly true that there are many wonderful places to study English but I believe that Torquay on the English Riviera is one of the very best in the world,” says Judith Hands, Owner and Director of Torquay International School. “I’ve travelled to many beautiful and exciting places during my life but each time I come home and look out over the picturesque harbour and across the bay, see the seven hills and the palm trees, I know that I am privileged to live and work in such a lovely area.”
About The English Riviera
Stretching along 35 kilometres of stunning South Devon coastline, the beautiful English Riviera has been a popular British holiday destination for centuries. The sandy beaches, rocky coves, picturesque harbours and a wonderfully mild climate (thanks to the Gulf Stream) helps to make this an ideal place to study whether for just one or two weeks or even for a year. Torquay is often called the 'Queen of the English Riviera’ and, in addition to the beautiful scenery, there are many attractions and facilities in the area to entertain all age groups.
SOUTH DEVON'S BEAUTIFUL BAY
A DIFFERENT VIEW OF TORQUAY
As featured in British band Metronomy's music video, which has had over 9 million views on YouTube!
Below is Torre Abbey Mansions in Torquay, a great place for an afternoon visit.
A visit to the English Riviera website will tell you all you want to know about this area. Try:
Torquay is the birthplace and former home of the crime-writer Agatha Christie
The house is called Greenway and is owned by the National Trust and is now open to visitors. The beautiful Greenway gardens have amazing views overlooking the River Dart as you can see from this short video. It also shows Torquay as it is today and as it was when Agatha was just a young woman. You can hear Agatha talking about buying Greenway.
Torquay is the earliest known human settlement in north-western Europe
A human jawbone, unearthed in Kents Cavern in Torquay is between 44,200 and 41,500 years old making it the oldest modern human fossil in north-western Europe and certainly in Britain according to research published on the 2nd November 2011 in Nature, the internationally renowned science magazine.
The Kents Cavern jawbone, a maxilla (upper jawbone), was found in 1927 and has been intriguing scientists for decades. In 1989 it was dated at 31,000 years old and tests were carried out recently to determine if it could be Neanderthal.
This latest study was led by Dr Thomas Higham of the University of Oxford and Professor Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London. It confirms the jawbone is not Neanderthal but in fact the oldest anatomically modern human fossil ever to have been discovered in this part of Europe.
Learn more about this jawbone at Kents Cavern or better still, come to Torquay and see for yourselves.
From the awe-inspiring caves of Kents Cavern to the influences of the Napoleonic Wars and the arrival of the Victorians, Torquay has grown over more than 40,000 years to become an internationally famous yachting centre and modern tourist resort.
With so much culture, history and beauty Torquay is the perfect place to enjoy life. The TIS Social Programme is one of the ways you can get out and about in Devon and Cornwall.
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