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Bygones, Torquay

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Wander along the Victorian streets of Bygones, an all-weather attraction offering a nostalgic look at the bygone days of the 19th century. Discover the secrets of Victorian life at the site’s 20 shops and pubs. Appealing to visitors of all ages, this museum is spread over three floors and includes displays of a giant model railway and a World War I trench. See how a typical Victorian family lived with a visit to the museum’s authentic room settings, which present a kitchen, nursery, tearoom, and parlor. Return to the present day at the site’s popular gift shop, where you can pick up a souvenir of your visit. The museum’s cafe serves homemade cakes, light snacks, and a variety of refreshments. Put Bygones at the forefront of your travel plans using our Torquay travel website .
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  • A great way to spend an hour or so, areal trip down memory lane. All sorts of things reminded us of things we had when we were young. A really good place.  more »
  • Brilliant place to visit loads to see, old times shop windows, old arcade machines you can play on (you need to buy old pennies) brought back memories well worth a visit easy to get to by bus or car.  more »
  • It looked small from the outside, but once inside there was plenty to see. Memories of childhood, sounds and smells. Lovely little café to sit in with plenty to eat. Souvenir shop to pick up something...  more »
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  • Great smells, great customer service, a game for children to play as they go through to keep them occupied. Lovely little shop with loads of cool stuff especially for children. Good mix of fun and educational toys. The victoriana was fascinating and really well delivered, a delightful journey through the ages. Highly recommended.
  • Beautiful collection turned museum. Loose yourself for hours in this place of recreated rooms, shops, train sets and all manner of things from the past. Topped with a lovely cafè for tea and cake and a great gift shop. Plus it's dog friendly! Amazing.
  • If you haven't visited this place then why not??? incredible, Bygones goes into so much detail, has a wide variety of historical things to look at, the queen as you enter is just incredible. 3 floors of fun, loads to keep you enthralled for a couple of hours, to be honest really cheap for all you get, the cafe on site is very generous for the price. We took 3 children with us aged 3, 3 and 7 and they were completely taken in by the museum and had a wonderful time. I would only change this if the staff when you enter wore period costumes, maybe a top hat would help the men
  • A very nostalgic afternoon. Love the improvements. Staff available to offer information and share experience would be good.
  • What a great place. Well worth a visit. Very educational. Like stepping back to Victorian times. A joy leave a full day to go round. Nice cafe too.

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When you book a room at a seafront hotel in Torquay, you can take full advantage of English Riviera's famous golden sands and clean swimming facilities, all within walking distance of the town center. Many top-quality seafront hotels offer everything from spa treatments and indoor heated swimming pools, to award-winning bars and front-facing rooms overlooking the town's waterfront promenade. For a less expensive and more romantic alternative deeper inland, consider staying at a private cottage, where you can enjoy privacy and comfort minutes from picturesque coastal paths, pubs, wine bars, and shops. 
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