Torbay is a borough in southern England which is made up of a number of towns, including Torquay, Brixham and Paignton, and is a popular destination for tourists because of many its beaches and local things to see and do. Torbay is known as ‘the English Riviera’ due to its beautiful scenery, and expats living in Torbay will be able to enjoy sights such as the Berry Head Nature Reserve, Paignton Zoo as well as others. There are also plenty of opportunities to take in culture and arts, thanks to the areas many museums and venues, including for example the Babbacombe Theatre, the Princess Theatre and more. Expats living in Torbay will also find plenty to enjoy in terms of entertainment with many bars, restaurants and clubs in the different towns, whilst there are also many opportunities for shopping and leisure activities.
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The cost of living in Torbay is comparable to many other areas in the south of the UK, and it is a desirable place to live not least off all because of the surrounding landscape. Torbay has a milder climate than much of the UK, with warm summers and colder winters, and rainfall tends to be lower than the UK average. Torbay is within easy access of other parts of the UK, with great links by road as well as rail, and it is within easy reach of major nearby cities such as Exeter and Plymouth, whilst there is also an extensive bus network for getting around Torbay itself. An expat who is moving to Torbay with their family will find that there are a number of schools in the area, as well as higher education institutions located nearby. For more information about moving to Torbay, expatriates should join InterNations where they can connect with fellow expats in order to find out details about subjects such as housing, transport, education and more.
Torbay’s economy relies heavily on the tourism industry and any expatriate who is planning on working in Torbay may find opportunities in this area, as well as in the retail and leisure industries which are a common source of employment in Torbay. Many small businesses are also present in Torbay and expats may find opportunities working in legal, finance and related industries as well as in education, healthcare and public services, which also employ a large number of people. Brixham is furthermore the location of a fishing fleet which is one of the most successful in the UK and also provides a number of work opportunities. By joining InterNations, expats in Torbay can not only enjoy the website’s many features, but also connect with fellow expatriates in the network in order to get a more detailed insight into life in the UK.