Discount Hotels Torquay
Historical interest: Torquay
During the Roman occupation of Britain the area that later became known as
Devon was the dominion of the Celtic tribe of the Dumnonii, the 'deep valley
dwellers'. In AD 410, when the Roman army deserted the province, the Celts gathered
enough support to make themselves Kings of Dumnonia. Their kingdom - which at
its greatest extent covered modern Devon, Somerset and Cornwall - flourished
for nearly five hundred years.
Although Devon mostly favoured Parliament at the outbreak of the English Civil
War, a prevailing desire for peace brought about a treaty for the cessation
of hostilities in both Devon and Cornwall in 1643. In 1688, the prince of Orange
(later William III) began the Glorious Revolution by landing at Torbay and moving
onward towards London through Forde and Exeter.
During the Napoleonic War, Torbay was frequently used by the Channel Fleet,
which protected England against invasion by Napoleon. After Napoleon was captured,
he was held on the warship, Bellerophon, in Torbay, for two days before being
taken to Plymouth and then to St. Helena.
By the end of the 19th century Torquay was considered a health resort where
the wealthy would come in winter to recover from illness. The advent of the
railway to the Torquay area in the mid-19th century connected Torquay to the
Nowadays, Torquay has changed in character from being a winter holiday resort
to being a summer holiday resort and rail traffic increased steadily, so that
today tourism is its principal activity.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Imperial Hotel (Winter 2 Night Offer)
Bishops Court Hotel
Livermead Cliff Hotel
Rainbow International Hotel
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