Increasing wealth has meant that holidays abroad are now commonplace, and coastal towns are now more popular for short stays as part of a touring holiday.
Recently Torquay has seen an increase in foreign visitors, and is now a major destination for foreign exchange students.
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Welcome to the English Riviera, famous for it's temperate, year round Climate. Torquay and Torbay are the ideal holiday destination for all ages from the young to the young at heart.
The population of Torquay grew rapidly from 838 in 1801, to 11,474 in 1851.
The second phase in the expansion of Torquay began when Torre railway station was opened on 18th December 1848.
The improved transport connections resulted in the rapid growth of Torquay at the expense of nearby towns not on Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railways.
The water sport events of the 1948 Summer Olympics were held in Torquay, with the Olympic flame being brought from London to Torre Abbey Gardens. Torquay had aimed to be the official warm up venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but these will now take place in Weymouth.
Part of the Torquay seafront at high tide Since World War II, the nature of tourism in the United Kingdom has changed significantly.