Visit many Locations of Great Relevance to the Great Authoress
This tour offers you a fabulous day out, following as it does in Agatha Christie's footsteps. It includes many locations from Agatha's childhood, such as the beaches of Torquay, where she spent a great deal of her spare time, and locations from her early adulthood, including the pier, the Pavilion and several other places. Later in the day a visit to Greenway is in order, Agatha's beautiful holiday home, and naturally the day ends with a traditional Devonshire cream tea!
During the day, you will see locations that Agatha used in her stories, and hear more about the fictional characters that frequented these places. A private talk at the Potent Plant garden at Torre Abbey by the head gardener, herself a huge Agatha fan, will give you more background about the plants that Agatha had learnt about during WW1, and helped shape her stories.
So, a stimulating day visiting many beautiful and interesting locations, but please message me before booking so I can check availability of the head gardener and Greenway.
I collect you at 9am, then we drive to Anstey's Cove, which we walk down to. Then via Kents Cavern, we drive to Meadfoot Beach and past Hesketh Terrace. We park at The Imperial Hotel, then walk down to Torquay harbour and seafront, seeing various places of interest relevant to Agatha. We then head to The Grand Hotel for coffee, before driving to Torre Abbey, where the head gardener will give you a talk about the Potent Plants display in relation to Agatha's stories.
Then we have a tasty lunch at The Weary Ploughman Inn, before popping along to see Churston Church, where Agatha worshipped for many years (please note we can only see the church from the outside). Afterwards we go to Greenway, where we will have a wander around the beautiful house and gardens, learning more about Agatha and her life.
We end the day with a traditional Devonshire cream tea, then I return you to your accommodation at approximately 5. 30pm.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: For this one day tour, I will collect you from your accommodation at 9am, as long as it is within reasonable distance from where I live. If you are intending to take a several day tour, then I can arrange for airport pickups, or collection from other parts of the country.
End location: I will take you back to your accommodation.
Duration: 8 hours 30 min.
As your driver guide, I will take you around in my Ford Galaxy people carrier, which can comfortably take 6 adult passengers. It is a 2010 model in very good, clean condition. This day involves quite a bit of walking, but can be tailored somewhat to suit different abilities.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 GBP - Any refreshments, meals, drinks and any other purchases you make on the day, and entry fees to both the Torre Abbey garden and Greenway. This is a per person cost, and could be higher or lower depending on your tastes and preferences!
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This tour was the best! Alex was on time and so knowledgeable about the subject. Bad weather caused him to adjust our itinerary so that we all had a great time anyway. We feel we made a new friend! He made us so comfortable and made us feel so welcome. He is the best.