Agatha Christie’s extraordinary life
Agatha Christie’s extraordinary life
This walk meets outside The English Riviera Tourist Information Office in Vaughan Parade, Torquay TQ2 5JG. See photo
The route follows the sea front to the Grand Hotel, before returning via Torre Station, Torre Abbey and Beacon Cove.
For every walker that join us, £1.00 will be donated to the South West Coast Path in support of their efforts in maintaining this wonderful route.
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Me and my family took this guided walking tour yesterday and cannot recommend it highly enough. Our guide, Graham, explained he history of the harbour as we did the 'Hidden... read more Harbour' tour. We found out that the amusement arcade was originally built to shelter sailors a big upgrade compared to the rope they were previously provided! We were given some history on the pavilion and how Agatha Christie was proposed to by a WWI fighter pilot. We laughed about the story of the hotel - Gleneagles, thankfully no longer an hotel - that inspired John Cleese to write Fawlty Towers and the traditional waiters race through the streets of Torquay!
26th August 2020
This three hour tour just flew by as we became totally immersed in the life of Agatha Christie. By the end we felt that we had some real... read more insight into her both character and her private life.
1st October 2021
I am sitting here this evening having spent three hours with Graham this afternoon. My husband and I are still talking about this fabulous Agatha Christie walk.
From the initial... read more booking I knew it was going to be a good tour. Graham kept in touch with plans, with a checking "all still on" message the day before. We met as arranged exactly on time and having done the introductions set off. We were the only two on the talk, which meant we were able to exchange far more stories than being in a bigger group. It soon became apparent that Graham was both knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. Armed with a folder of photographs and quotes we made our way along the seafront stopping to hear details of Agatha's life.
We didn't know a great deal about her as a person, mainly our knowledge came from Poirot reruns on TV. But for us, the details were exactly at the right level, enough to be interesting without being a sermon of dates and facts.
three hours flew by. We had swapped stories, deviated a bit off topic (our doing mainly!) and had quite a few laughs. Even if you are not the biggest Agatha fan you will certainly get something from this. She was definitely a very interesting woman and we have been convinced that she requires more recognition for her pioneering attitude.
We have been on very many walks in towns and cities across the world and Graham was up there with the best.
16th September 2021
I really enjoyed the walk "Hidden Harbour".
I have been living in Torquay for many years and I haven't realised there was so much history in it.
Graham explanation... read more of Torquay history is very interesting and full of details. I definitely recommend and I will join again soon for another walking tour!!
29th February 2020
An absolute must for both visitors and locals. Graham is a fascinating and knowledgeable guy who clearly loves what he does. Informative and entertaining for everyone, young or old, wanting... read more a really nice way to spend a few hours in great company. Thanks Graham.
30th August 2020
Our mid-August stay in Torquay developed into a far greater experience than we had anticipated, and this is in part thanks to this comprehensive tour. In addition to the beautiful... read more views and best fish and chips we’ve had - our 3 hour tour of Agatha Christie’s relationship with Torquay by our very knowledgable and enthusiastic guide Graham, was the icing on the cake of our trip.
Enjoying a beautiful walk along the harbour and up at greater heights, we enjoyed anecdotes not just about Christie’s life but about Torquay’s history as well.
My family and I all agreed that this was the highlight of our trip, and we’d recommend it to anyone wanting to enjoy a surprisingly fun-filled, coastline tour of Christie’s long and incredible life, alongside insights into Torquay’s history we had not anticipated.
26th August 2021
We had an amazing time walking around Torquay learning about the interesting life of Agatha Christie while seeing the sites. A big thank you to Graham for making our time... read more in Torquay so great!
17th May 2021
The tour guide make Agatha Christie’s autobiography come alive for me but I noticed even those who didn’t know her enjoyed learning about her. He was knowledgable & engaged... read more with all attendees.
22nd September 2021
A fantastic tour by Graham - he was so knowledgeable and his attention to detail was impressive. It was full of interesting and quirky facts and the treasure hunt for... read more the kids was a nice touch, which our 9 year old in particular enjoyed. As locals we were amazed by how many historical facts we didn't know and astounded by how much history there is on our doorstep.
The circular tour was enhanced by Graham's use of a tablet to show us photos and videos of places and buildings in their heyday.
We are a family of four (children aged 9 and 13) plus a dog and we all really enjoyed our afternoon which the drizzly weather didn't spoil. We'll certainly try one of his other tours soon.
We would definitely recommend English Riviera Walking Tours for people of any age - tourists and locals alike.
23rd February 2020
The tour was lovely and it made appreciate te beauty of Torquay more and understand te extraordinary life of Agata Christie . The views are stunning but get comfy shoes... read more as you walk a bit ;)!
Graham is lovely guy and we really enojoy his company .
4th September 2021