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Torquay: The Extraordinary Life of Agatha Christie Tour

Torquay: The Extraordinary Life of Agatha Christie Tour

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Learn about the world's best-selling author Agatha Christie while visiting the most important spots of her life and career on this guided walking tour in Torquay.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Step into the life of the world’s best-selling author
  • See the places that inspired Agatha’s plots and characters
  • Walk to iconic spots in Torquay
  • Visit Princess Pier, the Italian Gardens, Beacon Cove, and more
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Step into the life and times of the “Queen of Crime” and world’s best-selling author, Agatha Christie, on this guided walking tour in Torquay. Visit places that inspired her plots and characters, see where she became engaged, learn about her contributions in both World Wars, and more. After meeting with your guide, begin your tour with Agatha’s early years in Torquay. Learn about her homeschooling and how she invented imaginary friends to act out the stories she wrote. Then, follow the seafront, stopping at Princess Pier. Admire the scenery and walk where Agatha and her friends used to roller skate alongside wealthy Victorians promenading in their finest clothes. Next, pass Torquay’s famous Pavilion which originally opened as a concert hall. In 1913, Agatha became engaged to Archie Christie here, who was one of Britain’s first pilots. En route, guests will discover Agatha’s hugely successful formula for writing murder mysteries and how she was inspired by her surroundings and the people she encountered. This formula eventually led to Agatha becoming known as the world’s best-selling fiction author. Reach the Grand Hotel and get an insider look at Agatha’s marriage to Archie and their 2-night honeymoon here before Archie boarded the train to return to the Front. Meanwhile, Agatha would contribute to the war effort by volunteering as a nurse in Torquay. Visit the train station where fictional characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple met as they stepped off the Orient Express to be met by the world’s media. Then, head back to the harbor and stroll through the gardens at Torre Abbey. Hear how a soiree arranged for Belgian refugees in 1914, at which Agatha was attending, provided the inspiration for Poirot. Pass through the Italian Gardens and over the elevated Rock Walk which provides scenic views across the city. Recount Agatha’s 10-day disappearance that led to the biggest manhunt in British history and influenced her decision to escape to the Middle East. On reaching Beacon Cove, one of Agatha’s favorite beaches, discover the final chapter of her life and the impact she's made on billions of people across the world and still does today.
  • Guided walking tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance into buildings
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

The meeting point is at the English Riviera Tourist Information Office. Arrive at the meeting point 5 minutes before the activity starts. The guide will be wearing a yellow florescent jacket.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • This tour involves 7,000 steps on concrete surfaces
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I really enjoyed my tour. Graham the guide was friendly, helpful and professional. Ive learnt a lot about Agatha Christie. I posted a picture from my tour on Facebook Agatha Christie fun group. Got 400 likes. I recommend this tour!

August 1, 2021

Excellent tour.

April 17, 2022

Product ID: 400673