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Agatha Christie & Torquay


Welcome to the English Riviera, the home of the world's greatest crime fiction writer, Dame Agatha Christie.

Torquay is an area not to be missed and is a 'must' for all Agatha Christie fans!

Enjoy the Agatha Christie Gallery within Torquay Museum a two minute walk from The Shirley. Britain's only permanent gallery dedicated to the life story of Torquay's most famous daughter who is the world's undisputed Queen of Crime.

In the centre of Torquay is the Agatha Christie Mile where each location associated with Agatha Christie is marked with a unique plaque. Amateur sleuths can persue the trail, retracing her steps and unravel all that inspired her success.

Agatha Christie

Experience a small part of The Agatha Christie Mile:

Torquay Train Station. In 1990 as part of the town's Agatha Christie's Centenary Celebrations, the Orient Express brought Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) travelled on the Orient Express to Torquay Train Station to meet Miss Marple (Joan Hickson). It was the first time these characters had encountered each other as it had never been allowed to happen within her books.

Torre Abbey is Torquay's oldest building, which dates back to 1196 and houses The Agatha Christie Memorial Room, featuring Agatha's favourite armchair, her 1937 Remington Portable Typewriter and her notebook containing her handwritten script of the best seller 'A Caribbean Mystery'.

Princess Pier where roller skating on the pier cost the pricely sum of 2d and was one of Agatha's favourite pastimes as a child. Pictures of Agatha skating can be found in Torquay Museum.

Princess Gardens where Agatha was doubtless a frequent visitor and were featured in 'The ABC Murders'. These superb gardens were opened in 1894 to a classic Victorian design which includes ornate fountains and rich flower beds. The gardens can still be seen today and are just as beautiful.

Beacon Cove, where Agatha in her teenage years liked to swim and was known to locals as the Ladies' Bathing Cove. Men from the Royal Torbay Yacht Club were often seen trying to peek at the young ladies bathing.

Greenway House

Agatha's former holiday home, which can be reached by car, by way of a 1947 Vintage Layland bus or by taking a ferry from Torquay. The ferry passes breathtaking scenery around the coast and up the River Dart landing at Greenway. The property is now owned by the National Trust.

The English Riviera Agatha Christie Festival

The world-famous annual Agatha Christie Festival will once again take place on the stunning English Riviera, South Devon, from 11th-18th September 2011.

The full, exciting festival programme will be available by April and information will be posted about individual events on the English Riviera Tourist Information website www.englishriviera.co.uk. Look out for steam train trips, murder mysteries, talks, walks, theatre and more.

Torquay Museum

Enjoy the Agatha Christie Gallery within Torquay Museum a two minute walk from The Shirley. Britain's only permanent gallery dedicated to the life story of Torquay's most famous daughter, the world's undisputed Queen of Crime. Trace the eventful life of the best-selling author of all time through a vast collection of photographs and images. See some of her personal effects, from an original manuscript and handwritten notes to some of her clothes and dozens of first editions of her novels.